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Molecular Technician

Summary:

Perform complex technical work involving molecular analysis of human biological material in a specialized laboratory. Perform extensive and complex work requiring manual manipulation, close monitoring and control, extensive calculations, plus careful and accurate work.

Duties:

Job duties will depend upon the lab specialty and may be composed of a combination of the following duties and responsibilities related to the specialization.

  • Perform complex technical work involved in preparing human biological material for specialized microscopic, cellular, serologic, molecular, genetic, and image or flow cytometric analysis. This may include any of the following operations, singly or in combination on submitted fluids (including blood or body fluids), cytological specimens, or fixed and unfixed tissues: freeze, fix, dehydrate, embed, section, centrifuge, culture, harvest, cytospin, immunohistochemical stain, immunofluorescent stain, hybridization of cytologic sections or suspensions and/or isolation of lymphocyte subpopulations and/or genomic DNA.
  • Perform histocompatibility, cytogenetic, histologic, cytometric, immunohistochemical, immunofluorescent, serological, cellular, molecular, and/or cytologic procedures related to specialized microscopic, molecular, genetic, cellular, serological, electrophoretic, or cytometric analysis including assessing the quality of the sample for analysis.
  • Maintain files of any/all of the following as appropriate: slides, frozen specimens, blocks, cell preparations, micrographs, typing and antibody screening trays, DNA preparations, electrophoresis gel photos, results, and reports. Maintain neat and clean laboratory workspace.
  • Participate in routine equipment and reagent quality control according to standard operating procedures. Recognize instrument malfunctions and report to upper level personnel.
  • Participate in inventory maintenance by notifying upper level personnel of low inventory.
  • Prepare stock solutions and reagents following standard operating procedures and quality control procedures. Record quality control of reagent preparation. Report problems to upper level personnel.
  • Maintain logbook or database; accession samples, order tests, and bill cases. Interact with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
  • As appropriate, perform proficiency testing to maintain compliance with internal and external regulatory agencies.
  • Attend staff meetings, continuing education, safety and compliance training. Remain current on standard operating procedures by reviewing and signing the laboratory manual annually. Follow departmental policies and procedures such as attendance and time reporting policies.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein and associated with a specialty laboratory.
  • Operate complex and/or computerized microscopic, molecular, and/or cytometric equipment to analyze prepared cellular and molecular specimens, calibrate instrumentation, and validate quality of assay.
  • As appropriate, enter preliminary results and addendums to reports including making case specific comments pertaining to quality of specimens.
  • As appropriate, participate in the development of clinical assays and the validation of those assays including performance of testing or analysis.
 Education and experience:
  • BS degree.
  • Minimum of one year general laboratory experience is required.
  • MT(ASCP) desirable and preferred.
  • General scientific knowledge obtained during the course of obtaining a bachelor of science degree and general skills / experience obtained while working in a laboratory environment.

Skills and abilities:

  • Act as the person in charge (aka General Supervisor) in the absence of the Supervisor/Manager after obtaining 1 yr of high complexity laboratory experience
  • Provide daily supervision and/or oversight of the laboratory operation and personnel performing testing and reporting test results.
  • Provide direct supervision of all high complexity testing.
  • Monitor testing to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained.
 

 

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