Serology Team Lead

Updated: November 7, 2019
Job ID: 215372
Status: 
Regular/Temporary: 
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is looking for an experienced Serology Team Lead to oversee the activities of a growing Serology Laboratory within our College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory (HDRL), in the Diagnostics and Countermeasures Branch (DCB), within the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) located in Silver Spring, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DCB. 

 The incumbent will be responsible for performing serology and immunology testing in strict accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs), policies, Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP), accrediting bodies, and U.S. regulatory agencies to include the CAP, DoD Clinical Laboratory Information Program (CLIP), and the U.S. FDA. He/she will be responsible for working in conjunction with another Serology Team Lead to manage the workload in this dynamic environment. The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Serology laboratory section in strict adherence to laboratory policies while also reporting any issues directly to the Technical Supervisor. He/she will also be responsible for preparing and analyzing samples, operation and maintenance of state-of-art instrumentation, ensuring adherence to quality control procedures in support of clinical diagnostic and clinical research initiatives. 
    
Responsibilities: 

  1. Serves as a Team Lead for the CAP certified Clinical Serology laboratory to include the oversight of department staff and performance of routine and specialized clinical assays and procedures in accordance with CAP approved clinical protocols in support of the HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory. 
  2. Reviews all clinical assay runs and maintenance logs to ensure adherence to standard operating procedures, conformance to manufacturer’s specifications, DCB’s quality management plan and CAP standards. 
  3. Coordinates with Department staff to expedite workflow and maximize productivity to meet turn around times and provides recommendations for process improvements.
  4. Verifies clinical patient results and performs final interpretation of complex algorithms for infectious disease testing.
  5. Creates and updates standard operating procedures as needed.
  6. Tracks inventory and prepares supply orders to maintain adequate levels necessary for continued laboratory operations.
  7. Aids in the preparation of Department maintenance and staff work schedules.
  8. Will be involved in the interviewing, selection, evaluations and corrective actions for staff members within the Serology Department. 
  9. Trains new employees or visiting scientist as required.
  10. Troubleshoots laboratory issues with the assistance of the Technical Supervisor.
  11. Attends departmental meetings as required and works within cross-functional teams to identify and resolve complex laboratory issues.
  12. Performs necessary supervisorial functions in the absence of the Technical Supervisor.
  13. Other duties as assigned. 

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.

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

Minimum Experience: 4 - 6 years of laboratory experience in a high throughput clinical laboratory environment with 3 years of increased responsibilities which culminated in the direct management of departmental staff.

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 Technical Supervisor for the HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Day to day monitoring of serology department staff.

Work Environment: 9100 Brookville Road, BLDG. 508, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Work schedule will be Monday – Friday with regular Saturday rotation as needed, 0930 - 1730. Staff work 40 hours per week and schedule will be adjusted if required to work on a Saturday.  

Complexity: 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.

Background: Must have lived in the US 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible to pass a NACI background.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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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