GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The BWH Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory serves all of the Partners HealthCare institutions and affiliates (including MGH and DFCI) and handles approximately 8,000 specimens per year. The Laboratory performs the following Cytogenetic testing: chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and microarray analysis. High complexity testing includes a diverse set of requirements for reporting and specimen handling and follows National Patient Safety Goals, OSHA, CLIA and Joint Commission Regulations.
Under supervision, this individual processes specimens and/or performs FISH analysis to assess the genetic state of patient samples. Duties require analysis, interpretation and accurate recording of test results within strict time constraints. Standard Operating Procedure protocols must be followed.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
With appropriate supervision, this individual must:
Log in samples and review submitted clinical data to allow appropriate pre-analytic triage of specimens
Perform assigned tissue culture and wet lab duties; assist with troubleshooting workflows or equipment; assist with maintaining supplies and reagent stocks
Demonstrate technical expertise FISH: Perform all aspects of specimen processing; analyze metaphases or interphase nuclei and record hybridization patterns; capture representative images at the fluorescence microscope workstation, and/or
Assist with teaching rotating students, residents and fellows and training new employees, when assigned
Participate in scheduled technical meetings and assigned CAP proficiency testing
Maintain a professional appearance at all times and perform any additional assigned duties
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a biological science or related area
One year of experience working in clinical cytogenetics or a Bachelor degree in Cytogenetic Technology or Diagnostic Genetic Sciences required.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Productive work habits
Visual acuity (must be able to distinguish colors)
Proficient with computers (including use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, etc)
Organized, detail-oriented and able to keep meticulous records
Respectful of patient confidentiality
Handling of human tissues and body fluids is required
Exposure to chemical and biohazard materials is expected (minimal risk when personal protective equipment (PPE) is used and proper protocols are followed)
Brigham And Women's Hospital