VCU Health System's Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VCU School of Medicine, is seeking a full-time Clinical Embryologist to join their team in Richmond, Virginia.
The mission of the embryology and andrology laboratories at the REI division is to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of male and female patients struggling with infertilities.
The primary responsibilities of the clinical embryologist include daily participation in all operations of state-of-the-art embryology and andrology laboratories under the direction of the laboratory director including hands-on laboratory procedures in the embryology and andrology laboratories.
The chief objective of this position:
The mission of the REI division embryology and andrology labs is to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of our patients. The primary responsibility of this position is to operate high quality andrology and assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratories.
Included in this responsibility is ensuring compliance with applicable regulations including CLIA, CAP, FDA and SART; completing QA and QC activities, performing semen analyses and sperm washes; performing ART procedures including oocyte identification, oocyte insemination, intracytoplasmic sperm insemination, embryo culture and assisted hatching; assisting with embryo biopsy for PGD/PGS; and assisting with embryo transfer.
Teaching occasional medical students and graduate students in the laboratory regarding embryology and andrology techniques is also expected.
Performs ART procedures as required including oocyte identification, stripping granulosa cells from oocytes, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), oocyte insemination, sperm preparation for insemination and/or ICSI, assessing fertilization status of oocytes, assessing and grading of embryos, oocyte and embryo cryopreservation, sperm and testicular tissue cryopreservation, thawing of frozen oocytes and embryos, assisted hatching, preparation of embryos for transfer, biopsy of embryos for PGD/PGS.
Performs semen analyses and IUI preps.
Participates in ART clinical meetings.
Completes documentation of laboratory procedures in the medical record.
Media preparation for laboratory procedures.
Maintains laboratory equipment.
Orders and stocks of laboratory supplies.
Follows proper laboratory technique for infection control, universal precautions and specimen identification.
Maintains program statistics.
Assists with CAP and CLIA certification and recertification.
All lab procedures are performed exactly in accordance with laboratory protocols. The applicant should be comfortable in working and communication with patients, laboratory and clinical staff.
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire:
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for continued employment:
Experience in an academic medical center.
Good written and oral communication skills, great attention to detail and ability to work independently
Excellent hand and eye coordination, documentation and organization skills
Proficiency with micro-manipulation procedures, including ICSI
Other experience in procedures include tissue culture and sterile laboratory techniques.
Proficiency with use and operation of standard laboratory equipment, such as pH meters, incubators, automatic pippetors, inverted microscopes and laser assisted micromanipulation.
Trophectoderm biopsies of blastocysts for PGT is preferred but not mandatory, as onsite training will be provided.
Education/training REQUIRED: (Note: work experience may be considered in lieu of credentials not required by law with HR approval. Work experience must be specific to role)
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disability status.
HR Use Only: PTO
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