Technical Specialist I - Cytogenetics

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_ABRAMSON-Abramson Building 

Req ID: 210797

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

The Genomic Diagnostic Laboratory (GDL) of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is seeking a Technical Specialist with an interest and experience in cytogenetic diagnostics to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively within the cytogenetics team and the directors to provide constitutional and somatic testing that has a direct impact on establishing the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and management plan for our patients. Seasoned professionals and new graduates are welcome to apply and will be considered for positions commensurate with their experience.

Performs routine and specialized techniques related to the operation of the Cytogenetics laboratory.  Skills and techniques include microscope analysis, aseptic tissue culture techniques, cell harvesting, slide making and staining, and karyotyping on a variety of tissue specimens (bone marrow, blood, tumor tissues, skin biopsies, products of conception). Performs Fluorescence in-situ Hybridization (FISH) studies. Uses ISCN nomenclature to summarize test results. Organizes and prioritizes workload to meet established turnaround time (TAT).

Job Responsibilities

  • Accurately performs routine to highly complex diagnostic tests or procedures 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.
  • 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.  Maintains an awareness of laboratory science, products and procedures and makes recommendations for improvements to the Director or Supervisor. Assists with procedure development, product evaluations, quality monitors and regulatory compliance as assigned
  • 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 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.
  • 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.  Actively identifies and pursues technical learning needs. Actively participates in laboratory section continuing education/quality assurance meetings by providing instructional support and presentations. Successfully completes 12 units of approved continuing education activities during evaluation cycle.

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology or other science related fields.                                                                          


Required Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience; must demonstrate advanced technical skills inventory at a baseline level or higher.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations: M.T., (ASCP), (NCA), or related specialty certification.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Exhibits the ability to work with computer programs and computer controlled equipment.
  • Exhibits the ability to handle and interpret data, multitask, and maintains confidential material.
  • Exhibits good laboratory technique and safety practices.
  • Exhibits good communication, technical and organizational skills.
  • Experience and/or training in multiple laboratory sections and high complexity testing (advanced tech skill inventory).
  • Exhibits the ability interpret scientific literature & regulatory compliance and apply to laboratory policy & procedure improvement or development.

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CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

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