Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Cytogenetics Technologist III

Job ID
21028
Type
Regular Part-Time
Company
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Location
US-WA-Seattle

Overview

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.

 

The Cytogenetics Technologist summary:

  • Performs genetic procedures related to diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment follow-up of disease, or uses similar techniques to monitor study participants. Involves operating scientific equipment, microscope analysis and image analysis, compiling and verifying the accuracy of clinical data; performing calculations, preparing charts, graphs, summaries and patient reports.
  • As a senior technologist, this incumbent contributes significantly to the lab operation beyond standard case work, typically with complex assignments supporting major lab initiatives.
  • Works independently under the guidance of and in conjunction with the Laboratory Directors, Manager and Supervisors, in accomplishing the goals of the laboratory.

Responsibilities

RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ALL LEVELS:

  • Perform benchwork, analysis, and reporting of genetic assays with reliable accuracy and efficiency
  • Maintain lab areas and equipment including QC and validation documentation
  • Perform pre-director tech checking of straightforward cases and reports in areas of competency

IN ADDITION TO ABOVE, THE LEVEL II WILL ALSO DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Participate in orientation and training of lab staff
  • Contribute moderately to operations beyond routine testing (assist with quality management, methods development, revising or writing SOPs) under supervision.
  • Troubleshoot basic equipment or assays issues with minimal assistance
  • Be a resource to junior techs for straightforward questions; be able to offer guidance to proceed
  • Help with daily planning to handle workload according to available resources; make solid decisions regarding workflow in the absence of lead
  • Participate in planning for future developments in the lab including changes in workload, staffing needs, workspace needs, equipment or available tests
  • With moderate assistance, may help gather and analyze data for potential publication
  • May be involved in interview process for job applicants and provide input
  • May represent the lab at SCCA meetings to address interdepartmental issues, especially technical issues
  • May contribute to the continuing education of staff either through directly presenting material or investigating other resources.

IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, THE LEVEL III WILL ALSO DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • May include training and documentation of techs and assist in competency assessments to assure all are properly trained and perform to a consistent standard
  • Work with other members of lab management to improve operations, investigate and implement new technologies, streamline workflow strategies, organize and evaluate QM records
  • With minimal assistance, may help gather and analyze data for potential publication; often as co-author or author
  • Be able to instruct clinicians and staff in cytogenetic techniques, history and clinical relevance, and the genetic and chemical basis for lab procedures
  • May review specimen preparation and testing plans, communicate with clinicians regarding testing recommendation and determine compliance with Pathways algorithms.
  • Determine case priority, and assign work
  • May provide input on performance reviews and timing of staff promotions and development.
  • May assist with administrative responsibilities of personnel management, including scheduling and payroll in absence of regular delegates
  • Assist with implementation of process improvement

Qualifications

REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor's Degree in related scientific field

  • Interest or experience in Cytogenetics
  • Certification as CG(ASCP)CM or MB(ASCP)CM or international equivalent

  • Typically one year experience in a Cytogenetics lab OR completion of a formal certified training program in Cytogenetics

  • Basic knowledge of Cytogenetics of hematological disorders

  • Basic knowledge of related diagnostic testing and of the biology of hematopoietic disorders

  • Basic knowledge of CAP guidelines

  • Sound Judgment

  • Work with limited supervision with routine tasks

  • Good Attention to Detail

  • Basic Troubleshooting Skills

  • Solid Computer Skills

  • Solid Communication Skills

IN ADDITION TO THE FOLLOWING, THE LEVEL II ALSO REQUIRES:

  • Minimum four years of work experience in a cytogenetics laboratory OR completion of formal certified training program in cytogenetics and two years of work experience in a cytogenetics laboratory.

IN ADDITION TO THE FOLLOWING, THE LEVEL III ALSO REQUIRES:

  • Senior level position typically with at least 8 years' experience in a Cytogenetics lab OR completion of a formal certified training program in Cytogenetics and 6 years work experience

 

PREFERRED:

  • Master's degree in related field beneficial

 

SCCA has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, and there are no exceptions for any employee who is patient-facing and/or requires access to SCCA facilities.

Exceptions exist only for employees whose positions are fully remote, with no required access to campus. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees requiring access to campus must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment.

 

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.

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