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Specialty Laboratory Tech

Company: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Location: Pittsburgh
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Description

Purpose:

The UPMC Genome Center is a high-throughput sequencing laboratory that is CAP and CLIA certified for clinical testing. We perform pharmacogenomics testing and next generation sequencing for patients at UPMC and offer clinical grade sequencing to researchers.

Provide authority, responsibility and accountability for the accurate performance of laboratory testing of an advanced nature. These tests are used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and in the evaluation of a patient's response to treatment. Apply competent clinical knowledge to achieve accurate clinical testing which leads to quality patient care outcomes and develops and perform clinical procedures using highly sophisticated techniques and advanced instrumentation.

Responsibilities:

  • Skill: Quality control/quality assurance. Core Competency: Perform all required QC and document. Advanced Competency: Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems. Ability to cover for supervisor.
  • Collect background information for testing/experiments; perform test set-up; prepare instrument, work area, and equipment; ensure validity of test specimens.
  • Skill: Cell quantification/flow cytometry. Core Competency: Perform accurate cell counts.Advanced Competency: Ability to troubleshoot instrumentation.
  • Maintain detailed laboratory documentation of all experiments performed and related data and submits written reports of test results.
  • Communicate information gained from research projects in seminars, conferences, in-services and continuing education meetings; may publish research results.
  • Participate in the design and methodology of research and development projects, including how resultant data would best be analyzed.
  • Perform all responsibilities according to the philosophy of the UPMC Health System such that the needs of our customers are fulfilled.
  • Use reagents and supplies in a cost-effective manner; monitor and maintain an appropriate supply inventory.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of techniques, principles, and instruments and their interrelationships as well as physiological conditions affecting test results.
  • Maintain (as possible), calibrate and clean equipment; verify proper function through standardization and controls; troubleshoot and document minor instrumentation problems and repairs.
  • Orient and instruct fellows, medical students and other allied health care personnel in regards to laboratory research techniques and methodology and clinical applicability of research theory, practice and finding.
  • Remain abreast of developments in medical research and care in order that research conducted continues to be relevant; incorporate advances and innovations as considered appropriate.
  • Adhere to established laboratory and hospital policies in areas of procedures, protocols, methods, quality control, quality assurance, safety, compliance and personnel policies.
  • Implement all quality controls to ensure test validity; adhere to departmental safety standards in responsibly handling, processing and testing specimens and materials.
  • Skill: Data entry/report generation; Core Competency: Enter accurate results into spreadsheets & generate reports;Advanced Competency: Ability to maintain new software applications.
  • Prepare multiple and various routine and non-routine clinical laboratory procedures manually or by utilizing automated and semi-automated equipment including highly sophisticated testing devices.
  • Assume responsibility for first-line supervision of the section/department on a temporary basis as delegated.
  • Skill: Autologous/Allogeneic processing. Core Competency: Perform processings independently. Advanced Competency: Ability to use independent judgment and advanced clinical knowledge to problem solve unanticipated processing problems.
  • Skill: Cryopreservation. Core Competency: Perform cryopreservation procedures independently. Advanced Competency: Ability to troubleshoot controlled rate freezers.
  • Skill: Quality improvement. Core Competency: Review procedures for accuracy.Advanced Competency: Ability to significantly revise existing procedures. Work with supervisor and lab director to develop, validate, and implement new procedures.
  • Skill: Infusions. Core Competency: Perform all infusion procedures independently.Advanced Competency: Ability to problem solve at patient bedside (under pressure).
  • Calculate and analyze assay/test results and quality control information utilizing all relevant information including patient histories, formulas or calculations, or computerized data processing. Investigate abnormal results according to established protocols.
  • Skill: Consultation. Core Competency: Consult with physicians, principal investigators, nurse coordinators, floor nurses and NMDP with regard to infusion dosages. Advanced Competency: Ability to professionally assist clinical personnel with decision making.
  • Interact with all laboratory customers courteously and professionally; responds to telephone inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Skill: Liquid nitrogen maintenance. Core Competency: Maintain liquid nitrogen vesselsAdvanced Competency: Ability to troubleshoot vessel alarms with enough confidence to take on-call.

Qualifications

  • Completion of Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university AND successful completion of a CAHEA accredited Medical Technology program,
  • OR Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university with a major in Molecular Biology preferred (for Molecular Diagnostics).
  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university with a major in biological, chemical, physical or clinical laboratory science AND categorical certification for the specific specialty by the ASCP,
  • OR Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university with a major in biological, chemical, physical, or clinical laboratory science AND at least 2 years experience in a role equivalent to that of a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) in a clinical laboratory,
  • OR equivalent education and experience as defined by CLIA 88 and PA Bureau of Laboratories for technologist performing high complexity testing.
  • Minimum 1 year's experience in a ASHI-accredited histocompatibility laboratory preferred (for Histocompatiblity).
  • Minimum of 2 year's experience in either a clinical or research laboratory preferred (for Molecular Diagnostics).
  • Medical terminology knowledge and laboratory information system experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

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UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Keywords: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh , Specialty Laboratory Tech, Other , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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