Medical Technologist

Updated: July 11, 2018
Job ID: 214012
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Medical Technologist to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP.

 The incumbent is responsible for performing serology and immunology testing in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory (HDRL), Department of Laboratory Diagnostics and Monitoring (DLDM), US Military HIV Research Program, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  The incumbent will perform standardized procedures in strict accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) and accrediting agencies to include CAP, Department of Defense (DoD) Clinical Laboratory Information Program (CLIP), and the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Responsibilities:

  1. Performance of serological and immunological assays for the detection and confirmation of HIV (EIA, Western Blot and Geenius) in a high throughput laboratory, as well as perform specimen processing duties in accordance with laboratory SOPs, manufacturer guidelines and CAP/ FDA regulations.
  2. Utilizes high throughput laboratory automation to manage daily specimen workloads.
  3. Ensures compliance with all QA program requirements and will document activities in accordance with established standards.
  4. Coordinates and performs the validation of new assays, equipment, and materials as required; with the Serology Technical Supervisor and QA Team.
  5. Performs and documents all weekly, monthly, semi-annual, and annual maintenance on equipment required in order to perform the assigned testing accordingly.
  6. Ensures the proper handling of samples in accordance with assigned SOPs including, but not limited to, proper data entry, specimen handling, storage and aliquoting of the specimens.
  7. Responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining and validating SOPs as required for the performance of clinical serological testing.
  8. Ensures the proper data entry of specimen data and testing results into the appropriate databases or LIS.
  9. Responsible for performing assigned tasks in accordance with the applicable safety regulations and instructions.
  10. Ensures proper documentation of all testing performed in accordance with regulatory and laboratory standard practices.
  11. Understands and assists in the performance and testing requirements associated with FDA regulated testing, and be prepared to execute testing in accordance with SOPs.
  12. Creates and maintains individual training folder in accordance with laboratory and regulatory standards.
  13. Properly packages and ships samples from DLDM to other laboratories as needed per IATA standards
  14. Performs specimen storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities.
  15. Performs all other duties as assigned.
  16. Supports clinical testing and data entry in a high throughput serological/immunological laboratory section.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent laboratory, technical, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently once trained and maintains excellent records with a keen attention to detail.  Previous experience working with automation and high throughput analyzers a plus.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology or related field, or Graduates through the U.S. Army Medical Laboratory Specialist Course.  Medical Technologist, ASCP, or equivalent certification preferred.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: ASCP or equivalent certification is preferred.

Minimum Experience: 1 year of laboratory experience in a high throughput clinical laboratory environment.  Experience with performing HIV diagnostic testing algorithms is preferred but not required.

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires the ability to move around and between several laboratory areas. Fine motor coordination in manipulation of laboratory materials is essential. The individual must be able to stand and/or sit for lengthy periods to include, but not limited to, processing of specimens, operation of instrumentation, and data analysis at a computer terminal.

Supervisory Controls: The incumbent will report to the Serology Team Lead and Technical Supervisor for the HIV Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory.

Work Environment: 9100 Brookville Road, BLDG. 508, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Work schedule will be Tuesday-Saturday, 0900 to 1730.  The incumbent will handle bio-hazardous materials, and infectious human specimens to include, but not limited to, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HTLV, and syphilis infected material. The incumbent will be expected to practice safe handling of infectious materials and hazardous chemicals. This laboratory supports work of investigators of diverse scientific disciplines and nationalities and requires good interpersonal skills for effective job performance.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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