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Atrium Health Cytogenetic Technologist I - Atrium Health Core Lab - FT - Evenings in Charlotte, North Carolina

Job Summary

Performs sample set up, harvesting, slide preparation and staining, microscopic analysis, photography, karyotyping and performs FISH analysis.

Essential Functions

  • Assures integrity of the specimens during all phases of specimen processing.

  • Performs a variety of culturing procedures including; establishing blood, bone marrow, and biopsy cultures; monitoring growth levels, making decisions regarding feeding, subculturing, harvesting, etc.

  • Performs various slide preparations and staining techniques (standard Geisma,, Q-, R-, C- banding and NOR staining)

  • Performs detailed microscopic analysis. Assumes responsibility for ruling out chromosomal mosaicism. Makes decisions regarding optimal cells for documentation. Capable of operating automated karyotyping equipment.

  • Performs FISH processing and analysis.

  • Manages record keeping, maintains stock supply levels, orients new personnel in lab, institutes new procedures, and continues education programs.

  • May apply cryogenic technology in specimen storage.

  • Coordinates specific functions with laboratory personnel in accordance with job description.

  • Manages quality control of culture apparatus which includes; monitoring CO2 levels in incubators, monitoring CO2 supply, periodic disinfection of incubators, periodic maintenance of hoods, and monitoring of liquid N2 levels.

  • Stays knowledgeable about research and development within the cytogenetics field

  • Performs validation studies for new test development as required and participates in compilation of validation data.

  • Reports to supervisory personnel any problems that might adversely affect patient care.

  • Utilizes effective LIS and equipment data management skills.

Physical Requirements

Long periods of sitting during analytical procedures. Long periods of standing during harvest procedures. Manual dexterity. Works in an area which contains biohazardous materials along with chemical, fire, and mechanical hazards. Each employee has the

responsibility to work in a safe manner. May be required to stoop, reach, and lift up to 50 pounds.

Education, Experience and Certifications

Bachelor’s degree in any Life Science, Medical Laboratory Scientist (ASCP or equivalent), and/or Technologist in Cytogenetics (ASCP or equivalent) required.

Atrium Health is one of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations, connecting patients with on-demand care, world-class specialists and the region’s largest primary care network. A recognized leader in healthcare delivery, quality and innovation, our foundation rests on providing clinically excellent and compassionate care.

We’ve been serving our community since 1940, when we opened our doors as Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Since then, our network has grown to include more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations ranging from doctors’ offices to behavioral health centers to nursing homes.

Our focus: Delivering the highest quality patient care, supporting medical research and education, and joining with partners outside our walls to keep our community healthy.