General Description Department of Oncology (Medical Oncology); Work Schedule/Hours: Monday-Friday/8:30-5:00pm/37.5 hours
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 and flow cytometry. 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. Will report to the Principal Investigator or Laboratory Manager.
Assists other testing personnel in the laboratory with troubleshooting lab procedures, reviews clinical results and Quality Control specimens for acceptability prior to sign out, 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. Verifies performance of clinical reagents and controls, assists with validation of method upgrades, and assists in transition of new methods and/or new tests into clinical testing.
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. Specific duties may vary according to rotation assigned. Required attendance position. May also have responsibilities in clinical research.
Duties and Responsibilities:
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, create 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.
Laboratory "super user" for assigned systems (example: SOFT, EPIC).
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.