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Cytogenetic Lab Specialist II - Pediatrics at The University of Iowa

Cytogenetic Lab Specialist II - Pediatrics

The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Full-Time

The Shivanand R Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular lab, within the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, is seeking an experienced Cytogenetic Laboratory Specialist II (PT40). The lab utilizes classical and molecular cytogenetic techniques, including chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and chromosomal microarray (CMA), for diagnosis or treatment in cancer and constitutional genetic disorders. In this role, the cytogenetic laboratory specialist II will perform components of cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic studies according to established laboratory protocols and work to maintain and improve the clinical testing environment, capabilities and quality of data in the laboratory.

This position is first shift (8am – 5pm) and must be able to accommodate approximately 5-6 Saturday workdays and one holiday every year as part of a rotating schedule with other technologists.

Duties to include

  • Independently performs all aspects of cytogenetic, FISH or microarray wetbench procedures according to established protocols to provide high quality sample preparations with minimal supervision
  • Accurately identifies complex abnormalities in G-banded chromosomes (chromosome section) or accurately scores FISH probes on non-FFPE samples (FISH section) or performs complete analysis of CMA data (CMA section)
  • Correctly uses ISCN when recording results
  • Has performed analysis of a variety of abnormal cases (e.g. different specimen types, indications and abnormalities)
  • Correctly writes up cases using established report templates
  • Maintains accurate records of all lab results, procedures and quality control metrics
  • Evaluates sample quality and trouble shoots problems with the guidance of the section coordinator
  • Performs additional tasks as may be assigned by the section coordinator such as routine equipment maintenance, inventory and ordering of reagents
  • Communicates any problems with equipment or specimen processing with section coordinator or lab director
  • Aids in training of new technologist under the direction of the section coordinator
  • Complies with the appropriate safety and regulatory guidelines
  • Participates in and helps prepare for CAP inspections and ensuring CAP compliance
  • Attends and participates in laboratory staff meetings and continuing education programs

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is a national leader in pediatric medicine.  The Department's mission is to provide outstanding care to the children of Iowa and beyond by being a leader in state-of-the-art clinical care to children, performing cutting-edge research to find new treatments and cures for childhood illnesses, and educating the next generation of pediatric health care providers.  The Department comprises the medical and research staff of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.  UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric care and research institutions, and Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital.

Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics

The Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics is committed to excellence in providing comprehensive services for children, adults and prenatal patients in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of genetic conditions. The Division's multidisciplinary team is comprised of board certified medical geneticists, a molecular genetic pathologist, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, nurses, and dietitians.  Our clinics include: General Genetics Clinics, Metabolic Genetics Clinics, Connective Tissue Disorder Clinics, Neurofibromatosis Clinics and Outreach Genetics Clinics. Genetic diseases and disorders affect families as well as individuals. The medical team provides the information, support and follow-up needed to make informed decisions.  Our medical genetics team collaborates with state and federal agencies, educators, researchers, support groups and others to provide the latest information and treatment options for Iowans and their families.

The Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory is located within the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics.  The lab is a nationally accredited, CAP-inspected, CLIA certified facility that tests and analyzes subtle changes in genes and chromosomes to assist in the diagnosis of complex developmental problems in children and adults using state-of-the-art methods. The laboratory performs conventional chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and chromosomal microarrays for a myriad of indications including cancer diagnosis/prognosis as well as both post and pre-natal genetics.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, a related scientific discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Certification in Cytogenetics or Molecular biology by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or National Credentialing Agency (NCA)
  • Minimum of two years’ experience as a certified technologist in a clinical cytogenetics or molecular genetics lab
  • Must be able to function at the required capacity to meet caseload and turn around times including the ability to set priorities and to optimize the best use of time
  • Demonstrated analytical skills with the ability to distinguish fine detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Quality assurance experience with College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Clinical

Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA laboratory standards)

  • Familiarity and understanding of how chromosomes, FISH, and molecular techniques interact and broadly what they can detect
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment

The department intends to hire for one position from either Medical Laboratory Technician, requisition 21005673, Cytogenetic Laboratory Specialist I, requisition 21005674, Cytogenetic Laboratory Specialist II, requisition 22002630, or Cytogenetic Laboratory Coordinator, requisition 22002604 based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please apply to the specific position(s) for which you wish to be considered for.

Position and Application details:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification.  Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

For additional questions, please contact Pediatrics Human Resources at [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Cytogenetic Lab Specialist II - Pediatrics.

This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Additional Information

  • Classification Title: Cytogenetic Lab Specialist II
  • Appointment Type: SEIU
  • Schedule: Full-time


  • Pay Level: 6

Contact Information

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services,

(319) 335-2660
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