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Lead Certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist, DNA Analytics - Sunday - Thursday 2:00pm - 10:30pm Shift 

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Lead Certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist, DNA Analytics - Sunday - Thursday 2:00pm - 10:30pm Shift

Summary of Major Responsibilities:

The Lead Certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist provides leadership support to the analytical lab staff and is primarily responsible for coordinating and conducting day-to-day activities in the laboratory to ensure timely and accurate testing. This person is also responsible for being the workflow subject matter expert (SME) in the DNA Analytics lab and will also perform molecular biology and next-generation sequencing procedures in line with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in accordance with regulatory guidelines. This position will provide leadership support to the technical lab staff and will work directly with the DNA Analytics Laboratory Supervisor(s) to anticipate and resolve issues related to efficiencies in throughput, staffing, and laboratory processes. This position is also responsible for verifying result release and pending list management and investigation. The Lead is expected to spend at approximately 50% of their time performing laboratory testing on the bench performing various laboratory testing on different analytic workflows and 50% on administrative tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs high complexity analytic processes such as DNA extraction, PCR, NGS library prep, and NGS sequencing without direct supervision. Utilizes routine and specialized automated and non-automated laboratory procedures and/or techniques after completing training and demonstrating competency according to established lab section operating procedures.

Operates laboratory instruments, performs maintenance as needed and ensures proper functioning of laboratory

Identifies errors and problems, assists in troubleshooting instrument malfunction(s), and may assist service and support in performing preventive and corrective maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment.

Completes required maintenance activities on equipment, recognizes and elevates potential issues to the team members Maintains records and documentation of maintenance.

Calibrates laboratory instruments to ensure accuracy of test results. Performs quality control procedures as specified and maintains quality control records and documentation necessary to meet the standards of accrediting agencies.

Understands appropriate specimen collection, handling, and transport procedures. 

Prepares specimens for analysis and determines acceptability of samples within guidelines.

Verifies accuracy, and enters data in the laboratory computer system, along with appropriate explanatory or interpretive information.

Assists the department supervisor in ensuring that all section turn-around times are maintained.

Validates acceptability of test results by review of quality control and all other test parameters.

Identifies the technical, instrumental, and/or physiologic causes of unexpected test results.

Evaluates and calculates quality control statistics to assess accuracy, reproducibility, and validity of current laboratory

Monitors quality assurance and assists in data collection and preparation of QA indicators.

Performs internal and external proficiency Handles proficiency testing samples in the same manner as patient samples.

Meets work product output expectations. 

Understand and assist with QC Specialist in performing lot to lot and analyzer to analyzer testing.

Complies with all safety and hazard regulations as outlined in the Clinical Laboratory Safety Manual and ensures that all employees are following laboratory and regulatory guidelines. Understands, maintains, and enforces safety guidelines.

Utilizes statistical methods to assess laboratory testing.

Observes and demonstrates principles of data security and patient confidentiality.

Maintains ethical standards in the performance of testing and in interactions with patients, co- workers, and other health care professionals.

Performs analytical and decision-making functions without direct supervision.

Prioritizes order of testing based on priority of request, workload, and testing schedules to meet turn- around Coordinates general workflow in assigned area daily to ensure workload is satisfied.

Differentiates technical, instrumental, and/or physiologic causes for unexpected test results.

Resolves and documents resolution of all QC results which fail lab criteria and institutes corrective action.

Evaluates instrument/method failure and determines when back-up methods must be initiated.

Responds to technical questions of laboratory staff and others in ES Labs.

Participates in continuing education and staff meetings. Responsible for own professional development.

Regular and reliable attendance.

Assists with training and competency of employees.

Assists with knowledge transfer of changes and additions to laboratory procedures, processes and policies, including methodology and instrument operation.

May be requested to give lectures or provide demonstrations. May assist the education coordinator in the development of objectives, learning activities and evaluation mechanisms. 

Provides technical information and/or instruction to clients, new employees, medical students, residents, peers, and the public as requested and where appropriate. 

Contributes to design, research, review and writing of laboratory procedures. Remains informed of procedure updates and changes and ensures employees demonstrate knowledge and competency regarding changes.

Primary source of contact for staff in the laboratory area for technical and administrative problem solving.

Conducts check in meetings with members of their respective shift.

Maintains adequate inventory of reagents and supplies.

Suggests cost-effective laboratory procedures and protocol changes.

Applies step by step thinking, problem solving and critical thinking patterns.

Supervises laboratory personnel as assigned.

Implements changes as assigned in response to new technology and laboratory procedures.

Reviews daily data reports as requested.

Reports test results through Thrive LMS.

Maintains open and effective communication with personnel in work team, and with members of other teams throughout the laboratory.

Demonstrates willingness to cooperate with team members and with cross-functional groups in the laboratory to accomplish timely and accurate testing.

Demonstrates professional demeanor, in personal appearance and behavior, in all work-related interactions inside and outside of the laboratory. 

Demonstrates adaptability by embracing changes in the laboratory with a positive attitude.

Provides constructive criticism for modification of laboratory procedures, policies and test/employee scheduling. 

Ability to respond to stakeholder requests in a professional and timely manner.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and strong attention to detail.

Ability to train others on technical concepts and test for understanding.

Position requires work in normal laboratory environment. Special uniform and personal protective equipment are required while working in the laboratory.

Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.

Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.

Ability to use near vision to view samples at close range.

Ability to perform the essential functions of the job such as hear timers go off, etc.

Ability to perform the essential functions of the job such as communicating with staff, patients, colleagues, and providers.

Ability to grasp with both hands; pinch with thumb and forefinger; turn with hand/arm; reach above shoulder height.

Ability to lift and move 20-40 pounds on an occasional basis (up to 25% of time).

Ability to work seated for approximately 25% of a typical working day. Ability to work standing for approximately 75% of a typical working day.

Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 75% of a typical working day.


Minimum Qualifications

B.S./B.A. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology or in the chemical or biological sciences. Must satisfy the education requirements of the applicable certifying agency, i.e. ASCP.

Possession of appropriate certification at time of hire from one of the nationally recognized certification agencies, i.e. ASCP or state licensure that has been determined to be equivalent, and maintain throughout employment in position.

4+ years of relevant experience in a clinical laboratory. 

Working knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and other relevant regulatory agency standards such as CAP and

Knowledge of laboratory safety and infection control procedures and practices including standard precautions and hazardous chemical handling.

Proficiency with basic laboratory calculations (dilutions/masses).

Strong background in molecular biology and demonstrated ability to understand new scientific concepts. 

Strong attention to detail and accuracy. 

Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation. 

Preferred Experience

6+ years of experience within Analytics Laboratory or in a clinical laboratory.

6+ years of experience in molecular biology experience; preferably NGS workflows in some combination, e. DNA extractions, library preparation, and NGS sequencing.

EEO Disclosure:

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company’s affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.