Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Genetic Technologist II - Genomic Medicine

    Posted Date 2 months ago(1/10/2019 10:47 AM)
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  • Overview

    Full time Exempt: Main Campus; Mon-Fri 8 AM – 5 PM


    We are seeking a Genetic Technologist II - The Genetic Technologist II is responsible for performance of routine and complex laboratory analyses, quality control, operational improvement, preventative maintenance and education within the Institute for Genomic Medicine. The Genetic Technologist II is also responsible for troubleshooting and providing technical guidance to others when needed. The Genetic Technologist participates in new assay planning, development, and validation.


    Why Nationwide Children's Hospital?

    The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

    Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 12,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

    Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

    Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud.

    What Will You Be Doing?


    Demonstrates the technical and computer skills required for molecular/cytogenetic analysis

    • Accessions samples accurately in research databases, LIS, LIMS, CoPath and/or other related software as indicated

    • Performs routine and complex technical laboratory procedures

    • Records functions in the laboratory information systems in an adequate and timely manner

    • Accurately prepares reagents used in laboratory procedures

    • Demonstrates proficiency and expertise in at least four of the following:

    • Amniotic Fluid Chromosome prep

    • Tissue Chromosome prep

    • Blood Chromosome prep

    • Microscopy and Karyotyping and use of Cytovision or other imaging systems

    • FISH - at least 3 wet lab procedures

    • FISH - analysis of at least 2 probe types

    • Microarray technology- all process types

    • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

    • Quantitative and droplet PCR

    • Sanger Sequencing

    • NextGen Sequencing

    • DNA and/or RNA extractions

    • Nucleic acid quantitation and QC, including gel electrophoresis, spectrophotometry and operation of Agilent bioanalyzer/tapestation

    • Processing/Banking of specimens

    • Review, analysis and interpretation of genetic variant data

    • Demonstrates proficiency in operation, cleaning and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation

    • Reviews completed cases and summarizes the results for clinical reports and/or research studies

    • Demonstrates an ability to accurately record procedures in laboratory notebooks

    • Performs secondary technical review of cases prior to sign-out

    • Prepares written results of research and development activities and oral reports when appropriate; utilizes chart, graphs, tables as needed

    • Maintains ASCP certification

    • Performs other related duties as assigned


    Demonstrates knowledge of and upholds applicable laws and regulation related to the position and maintains a safe environment

    • Wears appropriate personal protective equipment as designated by lab area

    • Reports spills and hazardous situations immediately and acts appropriately

    • Follows established guidelines for access, use and disclosure of patient information

    • Performs preventive maintenance and quality control with appropriate documentation and communication

    • Documents corrective action/incidents as needed

    • Performs and documents daily, weekly and monthly operational tasks as assigned

    • Participates in Quality Assurance and continuing education programs

    • Participates in laboratory proficiency testing as assigned

    • Reviews and/or updates applicable SOPs, documents, forms, etc as directed by supervisor


    Participates in appropriate training and coaching for the IGM laboratories

    • Reviews and acknowledges procedures within established timeframes

    • Completes all assigned training and competency assessments on or prior to deadlines

    • Responsible for overseeing training for new and incumbent employees during orientation period, new procedures/updates and maintaining appropriate documentation

    • Assists with procedure and technical development and acts as a resource

    • Demonstrates the ability to communicate respectfully with coworkers, staff, patients, parents and clients

    • Continuously be the best at providing customer service in an efficient and effective manner to assure customer satisfaction and quality patient care

    • Maintains awareness of current literature and product development in relevant areas

    • Participates in training and education opportunities to maintain ASCP certifications

    • Attends meetings of relevance to cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and/or molecular biology on behalf of the Institute for Genomic Medicine and reports/presents material learned

    • Shares information from professional meetings or current literature as requested by the departmental leadership team

    • Completes at least twelve hours of approved continuing education, yearly

    • Assists supervisors in performing competency assessments of staff as assigned

    • Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor(s), Clinical Director(s) or Manager(s) Demonstrates the ability to make determinations regarding course of action and alternatives by addressing problems, using resolutions and basic troubleshooting skills as applicable to assigned work

    • Uses information from quality control checks to predict and avoid problems

    • Demonstrates the ability to adjust to change, handle interruptions and function on with changing circumstances

    • Maintains knowledge of status of cases/prioritizes analysis of specimens that are assigned to them

    • Demonstrates ability to perform in-depth troubleshooting/problem solving and communicates with supervisor when laboratory procedures or equipment fail

    • Able to resolve technical, computer, and customer service problems

    • Confers on a regular basis with Clinical Director(s), Manager(s), or Supervisor(s) to review status of research/clinical cases and recommends alternative strategies when appropriate

    • Displays a positive attitude, limits criticism to constructive and provides sound solutions for problems as they arise

    • Investigates and oversees problem solving activities regarding lab incidents or deviations from established procedures and processes


    Demonstrates the ability to plan and develop new procedures or policies and demonstrates initiative to complete assignments

    • Assists in the selection of additional or replacement equipment and specialized supplies

    • Participates in the continuing refinement of current, standard protocols and creates new protocols for implementation of molecular cytogenetic diagnostic tests for research purposes into routine, clinical laboratory

    • Implements new procedures that contribute to efficiency, effectiveness and improving quality

    • Assists Faculty in preparing and submitting proposals for external funding of developmental activities

    • Assists in validation testing for new equipment, reagents, and protocols

    • Assists in process development/improvement within the department including participating in quality assurance, continuing education programs, departmental meetings and special projects as assigned

    • Assists Supervisor(s) and Manager(s) with duties as assigned


    Provides courteous and informative internal and external customer service

    • Treats each patient/family as a top priority

    • Takes responsibility to resolve customer’s concerns

    • Assures that the customer’s expectation drives behaviors

    • Continuously improves the quality of the services offered

    • Ensures turnaround times are meet with quality results


    Aspires to the NCH Vision


    Best Outcomes in everything we do, together delivering the best health care for children.

    Enhancing the health of children by engaging in high-quality, cutting-edge research according to the highest scientific and  ethical standards.


    Commits to the NCH core values

         o Do the right thing o Create a safe day every day

         o Promote health and well-being

         o Are agile and innovative o Get results

    Assumes project leadership role as determined by the Supervisor/Manager/Director



    What Are We Looking For?


    1. Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science; or a chemical, physical or biological science from an accredited institution and American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified as an MT(ASCP), MB(ASCP) or CG(ASCP) If hired as a Genetic Technologist II based on experience, certification exam must be completed within 2 years of start date.

    2. At least five years of laboratory experience in cytogenetics, molecular genetics or molecular biology

    3. Organizational skills, attention to detail, and computer experience

    4. Able to present information through oral or written communication effectively

    5. Maintain and foster interpersonal relationships with internal and external customers

    6. Demonstrates the ability to work efficiently and independently promoting a team environment and maintaining a cooperative and supportive atmosphere. When personal workload is light, helps others to stay productive

    7. Demonstrates the ability to adjust to change, handle interruptions and function with changing circumstances

    8. Demonstrate the ability to change communication styles to adapt to various cultural differences



    Your Benefits, Your Wellness:

    As an employer, Nationwide Children’s recognizes the importance of the benefits we offer. We also recognize the importance of balancing your work and personal needs.  Our benefits and Employee Wellness package is designed to:

    • Empower you to be a conscientious health care consumer through educational and wellness activities
    • Establish a work environment that promotes health and well-being 
    • Support your financial protection and security in retirement

    Most of our positions are benefits’ eligible from day 1.



    Minimum Physical Requirements:


    • Sitting Constantly (67-100%)
    • Talking on phone/in person constantly (67-100%)
    • Typing on a keyboard occasionally (0-33%)
    • Standing/walking occasionally (0-33%)

    MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Ability to stand for more than 1 hour at a time, sit for more than 1 hour at a time. Good visual and auditory acuity. Full use of hands and arms. Ability to speak clearly. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds occasionally. Must complete color blind testing.


    The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.







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