Genetics Trainee

Job Overview

Under direct supervision, the candidate must be willing to be trained in multiple areas of the laboratory and develop proficiency which includes, but is not limited to sample preparation, cell culture and harvest, hybridization, washing, imaging, and microscopic analysis of interphase nuclei and metaphase cells as well as analysis of chromosomes for detection of abnormalities, and the preparation of karyotypes.

He/she will also be learning the validation process of new tests.   This candidate may also assist with quality control, clerical duties, as well as laboratory and equipment maintenance as needed.

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

(Skills & Experience) Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Preparation of Samples: Prepares samples for clinical testing, validation and quality control FISH testing by creating smears, direct harvesting, and/or preparing slides from harvested cultures. Makes smears for potential reflex under direct supervision.
  • Washing and Handling of FISH slides: Has knowledge of and follows the appropriate protocols for the washing and handling of clinical, quality control and validation FISH slides.
  • Imaging: Uses Applied Imaging Cytovision or other capturing equipment to image and enhance the appropriate cell type for clinical, quality control and validation specimens.
  • Data Entry: Enters information for patient work and validations (i.e. patient reporting system, FISH database, score sheets, etc.) in preparation for technologist scoring and reporting.
  • Sterile Technique: Sterile technique and other blood-borne pathogens guidelines are observed in the preparation and handling of all samples. Responsibilities also include the proper cleaning and decontamination of all work areas.
  • Reagents and Solutions: Prepares solutions for FISH washing procedures, VP2000 set up, and slide fixation.
  • Equipment: Has knowledge and develops experience with the Hybrite, Thermobrite, VP2000, the fume hoods, the centrifuges, the biological safety cabinets, pipette aids, the pH meter, and any other equipment that is essential for job performance.
  • Inventory and Receiving: Perform a monthly inventory of FISH reagents and probes. Assists in maintaining an adequate stock of commonly used supplies. Receives FISH probes and supplies and checks each in according to protocol.
  • Data Collection: Finds pertinent information for FISH testing (flow, cytogenetic or pathology reports). Makes phone calls to client services to obtain missing clinical information or reports.
  • Paraffin Block Control: Tracks and returns paraffin embedded blocks to accessioning…
  • Specimen Retention: Filing of reflex smears, unused slides, prepared slides, validation slides and cultured pellets. Disposal of patient specimens, patient slides and other FISH materials as needed.
  • Equipment QC and Maintenance: Records temperatures on QC sheets. Cleans and maintains equipment and records actions on QC sheets. Prepares and breaks down the VP2000 each week and records actions.
  • QC and Validation Specimen Collection: Locates control specimens, labels the specimen with a blinded accession number, and locates any clinical data that is available. May do data entry into blinded specimen log if needed

(Responsibilities) Additional Duties and Information:

  • Laboratory Maintenance and Waste Disposal:  Cleans dishes, disinfects slide trays, and performs general cleaning of the FISH area. Checks and exchanges sharps containers, glass boxes, and bio-hazardous waste boxes in the FISH area.  Informs FISH supervisor when formalin or ethanol waste containers must be exchanged.
  • Training:  Participates in all required training including Blood-borne Pathogens, , Fire Safety, HIPAA refresher, Sexual Harassment Information training, and Chemical Hygiene, Formaldehyde on an annual basis.  Additionally, an annual review of all pertinent laboratory policies and procedures will be performed.
  • Safety:  All safety policies and procedures are followed.  This includes chemical, electrical, fire, and ergonomic safety as well as blood-borne pathogen procedures.
  • Safety Officer Aide: Maintain MSDS binder, perform eye wash and safety shower checks, and assist in secondary solution labeling under the direction of the safety officer.Miscellaneous: Performs other duties as specified by supervisor.  May learn karyotyping to assist with routine cytogenetics performing karytoyping and related duties as required.
  • Laboratory Maintenance and Waste Disposal:  Cleans dishes, disinfects slide trays, and performs general cleaning of the FISH area. Checks and exchanges sharps containers, glass boxes, and bio-hazardous waste boxes in the FISH area.  Informs FISH supervisor when formalin or ethanol waste containers must be exchanged.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a life science Hands on experience in either a clinical or a research laboratory.
  • Laboratory personnel participating in licensure or certification maintenance programs must complete the number of continuing education hours prescribed by their licensing or certifying agency.
  • Technical laboratory personnel whose certification has been grandfathered and does not require participation in a certification maintenance program must complete at least twelve hours of continuing education annually.