University of Washington Medical Center - Seattle, WA (30+ days ago)4.2

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$4,866 - $6,965 per month

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This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top medical centers in the United States, and ranked as the number 1 hospital in Washington State, as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2016-2017 "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

UWMC has an outstanding opportunity for a FULL-TIME (100%) CLINIC CYTOGENETIC SPECIALIST TECHNOLOGIST.


Training Skills
  • Participate in the orientation and training of new technologists, residents, fellows and students in laboratory procedures
  • Explain to physicians, technologists, researchers or clerical staff the procedures for collecting and processing specimens
  • Review and present to peers current procedures and advances in technology

    Evaluation of technologies and materials in use in the laboratory
  • Troubleshoot problems developed throughout the processing of cases in the lab
  • Advise physicians about the adequate amount of material needed to process the different types of specimens
  • Advise physicians, technologists, researchers or clerical staff about proper procedures and containers for sample collection and transport
  • Suggest new ideas for improvements in technical and organizational methods and be able to implement testing of new methods, as directed

    Technical cytogenetics skills
  • Possess master level cytogenetic techniques and knowledge in assigned Specialist area
  • Have ability to work with high level accuracy and speed in all areas of the laboratory
  • Culture cells from all appropriate human tissues
  • Harvest cultures from cells to be used for cytogenetic analysis
  • Prepare and stain slides to be used for cytogenetic analysis using all appropriate staining techniques
  • Karyotype metaphases under the microscope, on photographs and by using an imaging system
  • Complete case report to be presented to the faculty in charge of signing out the case, using the International System for Cytogenetic Nomenclature. Use ISCN accurately

    Quality control
  • Responsible for CAP compliance and inspection preparation of the assigned Specialist area
  • Responsible for Quality Control and Quality Improvement
  • New method development, deployment and training
  • Label each case accurately
  • Keep accurate records of results of cases done
  • Keep performance records of equipment used
  • Proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Implement laboratory safety procedures
  • Assist the supervisor in preparing for CAP and PacNoRGG inspections

    Administrative tasks
  • Responsible for workflow, turnaround time, and quality of work
  • Acts as lead tech; can assign duties to others in area and conduct technologist evaluations
  • Responsible for inventory of reagents, probes media, equipment, glassware and incidentals
  • Lab resource for information on protocols, clinical and laboratory knowledge
  • Advise supervisor about quantity and quality of chemicals, materials, plasticware and equipment needed to process the specimens
  • Advise supervisor about quality improvement whenever possible
  • Contribute to efficiency of the laboratory
  • Participate in planning for future developments in the laboratory, including staffing needs, work space, equipment and workload

  • Maintain confidentiality of patient information, including final diagnosis
  • Answer phone calls to physicians or other lab personnel about procedures for collecting and handling specimens


    A Bachelor's Degree with at least ten credit hours in genetics and fifteen credit hours in a biological science
    certification as a Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Cytogenetics by the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel
    two years of experience as a Clinical Cytogenetic Technologist or equivalent.

    Four additional years of related experience may substitute for the educational requirement.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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