Genetics Technologist

Job Summary & Working Conditions

Under direct supervision, develops proficiency in cell culture, harvest, slide dropping, banding, microscope monitor analysis of chromosomes for detection of abnormalities, and the preparation of karyotypes. Also demonstrates proficiency in sample preparation, hybridization, washing, imaging, and microscopic analysis of interphase nuclei and metaphase cells. Adheres to laboratory policies for safety, conduct, and performance.

Must adhere to all safety procedures as position has potential exposure to toxic chemicals and the bio-hazards associated with handling blood, solid tissue, and body fluids. The FISH scope room also has potential for exposure to airborne mercury vapor in the event of a catastrophic bulb failure.

Department:FISH and Cytogenetics
Project Location(s):Alpharetta, GA
Education:Bachelor's Degree in Life Science-Related Field
Job Type:Full-Time

(Skills & Experience) Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Cell Culture: Initiates, maintains, and harvests cell cultures of human tissue for genetic testing.
  • Preparation of Samples:  Prepares samples for hematological FISH by creating smears, and/or preparing slides from harvested cultures. Prepares samples for Her2/neu and other paraffin embedded FISH.  Prepares samples for Urovysion.
  • Washing and Handling of FISH slides:  Has knowledge of and follows the appropriate protocols for the washing and handling of FISH slides.
  • Charts/Records: Records pertinent laboratory data on the appropriate form or chart to ensure accurate and complete documentation of laboratory findings.
  • Microscopy/Analysis: Analyzes selected banded metaphase spreads under the microscope or on monitor for numerical and structural abnormalities with 95% accuracy. Analyzes interphase nuclei for hematological abnormalities.
  • Productivity: Keeps a daily work log and is working toward the industry standard of 2.2 full cases analyzed per day.
  • Imaging: Uses specialized equipment for capture and enhancement of images utilizing optimum resolution.
  • May participate in the development of SOPs including updates as required.
  • Professional Development: Attends in-services, reads professional literature, and participates in educational programs and activities to remain abreast of developments in the field of cytogenetics.  Participates in proficiency testing.
  • Quality Control: Complies with quality control policies and procedures to ensure that all aspects of laboratory operation are performed in accordance with accepted standards and applicable laws for clinical laboratories.
  • Reagents/Media: Prepares reagents, stains, and media in accordance with laboratory protocol.
  • Safety: Practices universal precautions measures necessary for the handling of body fluids.
  • Staining: Performs staining procedures for routine and specialized analysis.
  • Sterile Technique: Observes principles of sterile technique in carrying out daily responsibilities including the proper cleaning and sterilization of work surfaces, equipment, and instruments.
  • Supplies: Assists in maintaining an adequate stock of commonly used supplies.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required, including the training of residents/trainees if directed.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related life sciences field
  • Experience in laboratory sciences
  • Must be MT (ASCP) certified or certification eligible