With minimal oversight from the Manager/Supervisor of the Precision Medicine Laboratory, the Molecular Technologist will be responsible for processing both clinical and research samples using cutting-edge technologies for nucleic acid analysis, including but not limited to next-generation sequencing, Sanger sequencing, ddPCR and associated sample preparation technologies. These activities will be performed under CLIA/CAP regulations and will directly impact human health and thus must meet the highest possible standards for quality and integrity. The Technologist I, II, or III are distinguishable primarily by level of experience, supervision required, proficiency in problem solving, certification and wider range of training.
This role is responsible for the efficient and quality execution of sample accessioning, processing and data generation for the Precision Medicine Laboratory. This includes working with the manager to maintain all documentation required for operation under CLIA/CAP certification, including review and writing of SOPs as necessary and use of sample tracking systems in accordance with standard operating procedures.
- Timely completion of training assigned by management or laboratory director to meet the needs of laboratory operations
- Ensure sample accessioning is performed in an accurate manner to enable effective testing of samples downstream as ordered.
- Work with pathologist to evaluated neoplastic content of sample as needed
- Sample processing including nucleic acid purification and preparation for sequencing and PCR is performed per established processes
- Accurate and timely maintenance of operational metrics
- Maintains and updates associated process documentation, participates in continuous process improvements and ongoing training
- Performs quality control of samples processed and data generated prior to sending to next steps.
- Maintenance of auxiliary and capital equipment and instrumentation
This role is also responsible for the development and validation of new methodologies, including establishing novel workflows, evaluating new instrumentation and protocols as deemed necessary by the clinical laboratory manager and/or director
- Makes technological/scientific contributions to development projects
- Research, evaluate, and implement new and emerging applications and tools to improve current clinical offerings and to support new clinical offerings. This will involve working closely and coordinating with regulatory, computational sciences, IT, and management groups in accordance with established professional development goals
Knowledge – Skills – Abilities
Well organized, with strong attention to detail and process is required. Ability to learn new tasks and procedures in appropriate timeframes. Experience in data management, including laboratory information management systems. Excellent written and verbal skills as would be required to communicate scientific details and respond to custom inquiries.
Minimum Required Education: Bachelor’s degree
Minimum Required Experience: 5 years experience (OR 3 years experience and a Masters Degree)
Preferred Experience: 3 years in product/clinical/research assay development
Field: Molecular Biology
Certification: ASCP Certified Technologist in Molecular Biology (MB) required
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