Medical Technologist

Updated: November 8, 2018
Job ID: 213967
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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The incumbent is primarily responsible for performing serological, immunological, and nucleic acid testing in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory (HDRL), Department of Laboratory Diagnostics and Monitoring, 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, DoD Clinical Laboratory Information Program (CLIP), and the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  He/She will be responsible for preparing and analyzing samples, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art instrumentation, and ensuring adherence to all Quality Control/Quality Assurance procedures in support of clinical diagnostic and clinical research initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  1. Performance of serological and immunological assays and specimen processing and rejection in accordance with laboratory SOPs, manufacturer guidelines and CAP/ FDA regulations.
  2. Ensures compliance with all QA program requirements and will document activities in accordance with established standards.
  3. Coordinates and performs the validation of new assays, equipment, and materials as required with the CEU Team Lead and QA Team.
  4. Operates equipment to perform HIV, HBV, HCV, CT/GC, Mycoplasma genitalium, and Trichomonas vaginalis nucleic acid assays. The assays listed are utilized to inform patient care/management as well as clinical research initiatives.
  5. Performs and documents all weekly, monthly, quarterly, 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 regulated testing.
  8. Ensures accurate data entry of specimen demographic data and test results into the appropriate databases.
  9. Responsible for performing the assigned tasks in accordance with applicable safety regulations and instructions.
  10. Ensures proper documentation of all testing performed in accordance with laboratory and regulatory standard practices.
  11. Follows are SOPs and requirements in support of clinical research protocols. 
  12. Tracks and manages international shipments in accordance with IATA regulations to support MHRP/HDRL/DLDM research protocols.
  13. Properly packages and ships samples from DLDM to other laboratories in accordance with 49CFR Guidelines.
  14. Performs specimen storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities.
  15. Domestic and International travel in support of clinical research protocols may be required.
  16. Supports clinical testing and data entry.
  17. Performs all other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Excellent laboratory and technical skills, ability to work independently once trained, excellent record keeping ability, excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Able to identify areas for process improvement for better efficiency.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: B.S. in Medical Technology, biological or chemical science required.

Minimum Experience:  0 – 2 years experience.

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires the ability to move around and between several laboratory areas. The individual must be able to work in a laminar flow hood for handling of infectious agents. 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. The individuals must be able to lift/push/pull up to 50lbs for shipping logistics.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technician/Technologist, ASCP or equivalent certified is required. Certified shipper (49CFR and IATA) mandatory, will provide training.

Work Environment: Laboratory setting at 9100 Brookville Road, BLDG. 508, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and 13 Taft Ct, Rockville MD, 20850. Work schedule will be Monday-Friday 0800-1830. 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.

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

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.

 

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