Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
This position requires certification and advanced understanding of laboratory operations. Working under minimal supervision performs a variety of both routine and complex clinical laboratory tests in accordance with established standards and procedures. The primary duties and responsibilities of the job: separation of human blood cells; isolation of DNA/RNA from human tissues; nucleic acid biochemistry, electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, sequencing. Abilities will include an accurate recording of lab observations both written and oral. Attention to defined lab procedures and safe manipulation of lab equipment will be required. These require a professional level of knowledge to properly execute and analyze results, especially where results are abnormal or atypical.
Assists other testing personnel in the laboratory with troubleshooting lab procedures, reviews clinical results and Quality Control specimens for acceptability prior to signout, and writes final draft of patient reports for Directors. Ability to work independently is essential. Troubleshoots problems and works through solutions, participates in training and signs off on training of new staff as well as annual competency assessment. Teaches residents/fellows rotating through the lab. Validates method upgrades, coordinates transition of new methods and/or new tests into clinical testing, may assist with performance verification of clinical reagents and controls.
Responsible for development, maintenance, validation, and training of laboratory-determined aspects of the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
In conjunction with the Laboratory Manager, plans schedules, assigns training and rotations. In the absence of the Laboratory Manager, acts as lead technical authority to other testing personnel in the laboratory and is responsible for the overall daily operation of the assigned laboratory including workload and personnel scheduling, quality control, inventory, equipment maintenance, and compliance with quality assurance and regulatory requirements. Provides input on hiring, disciplinary actions, and performance reviews. Teaches residents/fellows rotating through the lab. Specific duties may vary according to rotation assigned. Required attendance position.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
% of Time Performing Duties
Performs routine and complex clinical and research lab tests, experiments and quality control. Follows established procedures and protocols, utilizes appropriate techniques to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments. Prepares and determines suitability of solutions, reagents and stains, following defined formulas and procedures
Performs Quality Control review; maintaining up to date records of tests, QC documentation, reporting or taking corrective action of QA/discrepancies, etc. Complete required logs and supporting documents.
Along with Lab Manager and Director, leads in the specification, design, implementation and modification of laboratory procedures, test plans, and workflow; assists with primary laboratory projects.
Preparation of QA materials, performing quality monitors, overseeing of CAP and other QA programs, interfacing with JH Genomics QA lead. Responsible for preparation of assigned laboratory area for CLIA, CAP, The Joint Commission, and other regulatory reviews including performing self-inspections and audits. Acting as liaison for regulatory or safety inspectors if the lab manager is unavailable.
Exchanges routine information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication. Regular interaction with students, vendors, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, and clinical trainees. Communicates with physicians regarding test order clarification, specimen quality, and other issues. Troubleshooting problems and providing guidance to others in the laboratory (solution driven).
Leads training and signs off on training of new staff; performs annual competency testing of staff. Prepares laboratory staff schedules/workload management. Responsible for supervision of staff and provides input regarding hiring, termination, staff development and annual performance of all assigned staff. Teaches residents/fellows. Maintains training materials for all levels.
Demonstrates advanced knowledge of laboratory methodology, procedures and equipment. Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of laboratory information systems and computer systems, applications, and interfaces to facilitate application and systems enhancements or maintenance in the laboratory. Tasks may include; analysis of system problems, creates benchmarking metrics for various procedure, software and workflow changes. Works closely with Laboratory Manager, PI’s, IT and other resources for resolution of problems, set up and modification of tests and/or interfaces with instruments.
Demonstrates an advanced understanding of the JHM clinical and/or business operations and has advanced proficiency in creating detailed documentation, including system procedures, process and data flows. Performs testing and troubleshooting, updates SOP’s, and provides training to laboratory staff on the new system. Leads the development and maintenance of the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
Validates upgrades and method changes for existing assays. Documents validation, updates SOPs accordingly and trains staff in updated methods.
Responsible for routine operational activities such as; ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory. Preventative maintenance of equipment. Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, routine repairs or notifying service personnel when more complex problems occur.
Performs related general duties such as general lab housekeeping, and maintaining safety records.
Supervision of Others:
Assists Laboratory Manager/PI/Director in performing supervisory duties of laboratory staff.
Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements:
Computer experience including MS Office, database, and email. Telephone and Fax. Experience with laboratory tools and equipment used in PCR assays, electrophoresis, sequencing.ac
REQUIREMENTS / Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology or related science (Clinical Laboratory Science, Biology, Chemistry, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, hematology, or related field) required. Completed coursework and/or 5+ years of related specialized laboratory experience (Specify)
Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Experience: Minimum of five years of related laboratory experience with knowledge that includes advanced Molecular Diagnostics skills. Knowledge of good lab practices required.
Licensure, Certification, Registration:
(Individual must maintain certification on-going / verifiable)
Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities / Competencies:
Work requires problem solving skills, integrating and interpreting data, finding solutions to technical problems.
Performs critical analysis and uses principles of scientific inquiry to solve both technical and non-technical problems.
Work requires precision and attention to detail. Individual should have strong written communication and interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to read and interpret direction, both oral and written, organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments. Must be able to work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory.
Analytical ability to operate technical equipment, perform tests with the highest degree of accuracy and to relate tests results to a normal, healthy state and to the presence of disease.
Ability to perform successfully despite sudden deadlines and changing priorities, maintaining personal composure in high stress situations. Ability to exercise initiative and judgment.
Ability to work independently, determining appropriate procedures and methods to obtain test results.
Ability to maintain effective communication within the department and with other health-care professionals. Participates in the training of new employees, students and physicians in laboratory methodology.
(This is a Required Attendance position. In the event of unexpected university closings including inclement weather, the employee in this position is required to report to work and/or remain at work.)
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 85% of the time. Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus. The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.
Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope).
Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment.
May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus). May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is confined.
Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Hospital Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift. Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs
This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not include other duties as assigned.
Classified Title: Clinical Laboratory Specialist Working Title: Clinical Laboratory Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD Starting Salary Range: $52,495- $72,213 commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30 - 5:00 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003060-SOM Pat Molecular Diagnostics Lab Personnel area: School of Medicine
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