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Cytogenetic Technologist

Location: Los Angeles, CA Job Number: 721450 Date posted: 08/09/2018
Description: Under immediate supervision work rotations are performed in all areas of a full service genetic lab for a specialized Cytogenetics laboratory including: Prenatal, Blood, FISH, and Cancer cell cultures, harvest, and microscopy/photography including darkroom techniques.

Essential Functions:
  • Patient Procedures and Activities: Follow universal guidelines for the handling of body fluids.
  • Laboratories.
  • Clean and fill specimen jars with solutions.
  • Perform quality assurance procedures.
  • Cultures amniotic fluid samples, surgical tissues specimens, and bone marrow and blood specimens.
  • Sort, number and label specimens in specified sequence.
  • Strain harvested cultures.
  • Centrifuge and separate specimens and decant serum.
  • Check media solutions for quality standards.
  • Develop film and make prints.
  • Examine media for physical defects.
  • Examine reagents for contamination, impurities or instability.
  • Centrifuge specimen.
  • Grow cultures/subcultures.
  • Identify and mark abnormal cells.
  • Inoculate specimens into selected cell cultures.
  • Karyotype chromosomes from prints.
  • Perform blood analysis procedures.
  • Prepare cell suspensions.
  • Process tissue and bone specimens by manual or mechanized means.
  • Stain microscopic slides.
  • Treat specimens with antibiotics.
  • Wash and concentrate specimens.
  • Perform Microarray testing including array CGH.
  • Reject unsatisfactory specimens.
  • Scan and examine specimens.
  • Set up specimen tests and controls and interpretation.
  • Clean darkroom and work area.
  • Dispose properly of laboratory specimen and waste material.
  • Operate autoclave, drying over or dishwasher.
  • Wash laboratory glassware and instruments.
  • Assign identification number to specimens.
  • Pick up/deliver blood and other specimens from/to laboratory.
  • Prepare and pack samples for shipment to outside laboratories.
  • Receive, sort and transport laboratory specimens.
  • Set up all Cytogenetics assays; Operate automated Cytogenetics testing instruments; perform quality assurance checks; collect and report quality indicator data; Evaluate test results; prepare reports for review; reviewed reports; write nomenclature on the analysis pages.
  • Records and Patient Information:
  • Complete forms and records.
  • Look up and report test results as requested.
  • Prepare lab worksheets.
  • Report negative/positive specimens.
  • File slides.
  • Record and maintain daily log and files of complete studies.
  • Record and maintain records of slides and requisition slips, tissue specimens, and equipment usage.
  • Equipment and Instruments: Load paper and tape into computer printer.
  • Prepare and process packs, supplies, equipment and instruments.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments, supplies and equipment.
  • Materials and Supplies: Dispose of used syringes and contaminated materials.
  • Inventory equipment and supplies.
  • Maintain solutions, chemicals and automatic equipment. Replenish supplies and equipment.
  • Administrative and Other: Orient and train new or less experienced personnel.
  • Attend conferences, meetings and in-service training programs.
  • Maintain current licensure/certification.
  • Maintain proficiency in clinical skills.
  • Answer telephone and take messages.
  • Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed.

  • Pay Grade: 26

    Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience as a CLSp CG licensed personnel.
  • Posses MS degree in genetics or related field, preferred.
  • Must be ASCP certified.
  • ASCP certified as a certified laboratory specialist in Cytogenetics (CLSp CG).
  • Valid California Clinical Cytogeneticist Scientist License.
  • Posses ASCP certification in Molecular Genetics (CLSp MB), preferred.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with good communication and interpretation skills, preferred.
  • Computer knowledge of File Maker Pro, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point applications, preferred.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two ( 2) years experience in a full service cytogenetic laboratory.

  • This is an on call position, days and hours may vary according to departmental need.

  • Position requires rotations in all areas of a full service cytogenetics laboratory including: amniotic fluid cell culture; CVS culture; solid tissue culture; cancer cytogenetics; lymphocyte culture; molecular cytogenetics FISH; microspy/photography/computer imaging and other duties as required.

    Primary Location: California,Los Angeles,Regional Service Center 4580 Electronics Pl. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 0 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: United Healthcare Workers - West Job Level: Entry Level Job Category: Laboratory Department: Genetics Lab Travel: No
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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