Technical Specialist III
Children's Hospital Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

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Requirements:
MT, (ASCP), NCA. Or related specialty certification, preferred. B.S. or M.S. degree in biology, genetics or medical technology with specialization in molecular genetics, and minimum of three years experience in a molecular genetics laboratory.

Experience with DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, Sanger sequencing and analysis for mutation detection required.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Job Description:
This individual will work as part of a team in our CAP/CLIA-certified diagnostics laboratory providing cytogenetic and molecular diagnosis for pediatric patients with leukemia and solid tumors. The position requires knowledge and skills related to molecular genetic testing, including DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, and Sanger sequencing and analysis. Experience with single nucleotide polymorphism array analysis beneficial but not required. Candidate should be well organized and have experience working independently on assay development.
Primary responsibilities will include development and implementation of new tests using Sanger and next-generation sequencing methodology for clinical diagnostic testing. Experience with next-generation sequencing technology beneficial but not required. Preference will be given to individuals with bioinformatics expertise in analyzing genomic array and sequence data.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Accurately performs diagnostic tests or procedures of the highest complexity as assigned in multiple laboratory sections (advanced tech skill inventory) and reports results through appropriate channels. Completes, evaluates and records all appropriate quality controls and quality assurance markers. Activates troubleshooting procedures when necessary. Trains others to perform this responsibility when assigned.
2. Assists others (as appropriate based on skill level) by demonstrating expertise of advance experience and or training (tech skill inventory) as necessary for laboratory operation and provides IMPACT feedback to the Supervisor. Evaluates new methods, techniques or equipment and makes recommendations to the Director or Supervisor Leads projects for procedure development, product evaluations, quality monitors and regulatory compliance as assigned. Prepares technical documentation drafts for publication and/or procedure manuals. Prepares and presents technical education demonstrations to laboratory or medical staff. May publish/present scientific presentations/papers at a national level.
3. Performs preventative/safety maintenance on equipment and maintains a safe, clean and efficient work environment. Takes initiative in problem solving equipment failures to the extent capable. Communicates unresolved issues to supervisor or designee. Complies with personal protective equipment (PPE) and other laboratory and hospital safety standards 100% of the time. Notifies supervisor of unsafe events. Responsibly controls and maintains inventory. Trains others to perform this responsibility when assigned. Provides information to the Supervisor for fiscal monitors, operating budget or expenses and assists with variance reconciliation for development projects.
4. Provides professional, courteous and calm customer service to both internal and external customers. Identifies appropriate resources and sources for re-directed inquiries. Acts as a reference source for laboratory procedures within their skill inventory as necessary. Takes charge of any unusual or problem situations and reports issue to Supervisor or Director.
5. Regularly reviews operational procedure manuals, individual competency assessment, quality assurance monitors for completeness, accuracy and regulatory compliance. Assists the Supervisor with recommendations for content, accuracy and improvements and makes changes as directed. Actively participates in laboratory section continuing education/quality assurance meetings by preparing and presenting technical presentations. Is assigned leadership responsibilities for the continuing education of the section staff. Assist the Supervisor with the preparation of competency assessment tools. Identifies own learning needs with regards to new projects and partners with the director, CHOP resources or other outside sources for resources. Participates in national and local professional organizations as permitted. Successfully completes 12 units of approved continuing education activities during evaluation cycle.

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Since our start...