Responsible for performing technical and scientific processes and procedures utilizing next-generation sequencing in a high complexity genetic testing independent clinical reference laboratory.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Performs routine high-complexity testing in a clinical molecular genetics/genome sequencing lab and performs quality control, calibration, maintenance, and proficiency testing in accordance with laboratory procedures.
- Follows procedures related to patient testing including, but not limited to:
- Receives and records delivery of patient samples.
- Prepares specimens for the downstream processes performed in other areas of the lab such as library prep and instrument operations.
- Performs manual and automated molecular protocols
- Review results, QC and sign off on wet lab results.
- Informs other personnel, management and Lab Director of any problem or issue that affects the reporting of patient results.
- Documents any problems, issues or information that may be necessary for other testing personnel to be aware.
- Instruments and equipment:
- Coordinates routine laboratory tasks including ordering of supplies, restocking shelves, and data entry. Assist with Laboratory inventory.
- Coordinates the maintenance of laboratory equipment, including the sequencers, instruments, and other specimen prep equipment.
- Ensures that the laboratory facility and equipment remain in good working order.
- Works in a CAP/CLIA Laboratory environment and follows regulatory guidelines.
- Assists with testing, implementation, and validation of new procedures and instrumentation.
- Documents any problems, issues or information that may be necessary for other testing personnel and management to be aware.
- Takes corrective action if Quality Control results are not within acceptable limits.
- Documents all corrective actions taken as indicated in established laboratory procedures.
- Identifies opportunities for quality and workflow improvements and brings ideas to senior staff.
- Performs logistical support for sample shipping to other locales.
- Training and competency assessment of testing personnel as needed.
- Maintains a clean, neat, and orderly work area.
- Communicates effectively and fosters teamwork and mutual respect.
- Adheres to Department Specific Safety Guidelines.
- Must be able to relocate to work onsite.
The above listing represents the general duties considered essential functions of the job and is not to be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
Skills and Qualification Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Experience with most or all of the following technologies is preferred:
- Minimum 1 years of experience with Next-generation sequencing library preparation and instrument runs is preferred.
- Experience with DNA extraction, molecular biology techniques including qPCR, PCR, capillary electrophoresis preferred.
- Operation of liquid handling systems.
- Capillary electrophoresis: Sanger sequencing and fragment analysis.
- Integrated laboratory information management systems (LIMS).
- Attention to detail
- Computer skills: Microsoft Office, e
Education and Experience Requirements:
- Bachelor of Sciences degree with 1 or more years of experience in NGS and molecular biology techniques preferred.
- Experience working in a CAP/CLIA Laboratory environment preferred but not required.
- Experience with the operation of automation/liquid handling system is preferred.
- Experience with integrated laboratory information management systems (LIMS) is preferred.
- Experience in genomic workflows (e.g., exomes, genomes, NGS instrumentation) is a plus.
- Must have ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Data analysis and data entry
- Knowledge of clinical laboratory quality and safety regulations
- Experience operating PCR instrumentation, including maintenance, troubleshooting, and data review
- Experience using and creating general documents using MS Office Suite and/or Google documents
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Excellent written and oral communication
Work Environment: May work in a variety of laboratory environments at Biosafety Levels I or II. Working at a desk in an office or lab setting.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Travel: Work related travel will be minimal.