Molecular Laboratory Assistant

  • 0 yrs
  • Not Disclosed

Job Description

Job Duties

  • Learn, follow and understand laboratory procedures for specimen handling and processing, test procedures and analyses, patient result reporting, and maintaining records of patient results.

  • Assist Molecular Laboratory Technicians in the processing of COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic samples: sample accessioning and troubleshooting using label printers and Laboratory Information System (LIS), PCR plate mapping (using Excel), refilling supplies and informing lab management of low stock, etc.

  • Learn laboratory assays and gain hands-on clinical lab experience

  • After fully trained and competent on laboratory assays, serve as testing personnel as needed

  • Follow laboratory policies, including independently identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or test result reporting, and taking and documenting corrective actions or notifying the appropriate supervisor.

  • Perform standard molecular biology techniques such as RNA isolation and RT-PCR, while maintaining compliance with: OSHA and HIPAA regulations, CLIA standards, laboratory safety and biohazard best practices, and other laboratory policies.

  • Operate instrumentation for analysis: worklist scheduling, data processing, data review, advanced troubleshooting, advanced maintenance, instrument setup and validation.

  • Follow work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals, respond to fluctuating workloads, and improve quality and productivity of laboratory operations.

  • Participate in employee training for equipment, software and other laboratory operations. Read and comply with SOPs, regulations, best practices, guidelines, and standards.

  • Demonstrate personal accountability for attendance, productivity, training, and laboratory incidents.

  • Participate in employee performance and competency assessments.

  • Ensure that all work is complete, accurate, and meets high quality standards of a clinical laboratory.

  • Perform all other assigned duties and instructed or required.

Minimum Required Qualifications

Education: Associate’s degree AND either graduated from a clinical laboratory training program OR 3 months experience in high-complexity molecular testing (eg. RT-PCR)

Desired Qualifications

Education: B.S. degree in laboratory sciences or related scientific field (biology, microbiology, biochemistry, etc)

Experience: knowledge of CLIA and/or COLA regulations for high-complexity molecular testing, high degree of computer literacy, knowledge of Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) and analytical software, medical terminology

Physical Requirements:

Must be willing and able to lift up to 25 pounds.