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Cytogenetic Lab Specialist I - Pediatrics at The University of Iowa

Cytogenetic Lab Specialist I - 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 a cytogenetic lab specialist I. 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 laboratory technician 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 will perform cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic studies from biological specimens for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of certain disorders under supervision.

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

  • Performs cell culture on varieties of tissues received for chromosome analysis according to established protocols.
  • Processes cultured cells and prepares slides according to laboratory protocol of chromosome spreads.
  • Stains slides utilizing a variety of techniques including G-banding and fluorescent in-situ hybridization for chromosome identification.
  • Prepares microscope analysis of metaphases and prometaphase chromosomes for diagnostic purposes.
  • Prepares digitized karyotypes using correct International System for Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature (ISCN).
  • Performs analysis of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) studies for clinical diagnostic and prognostic purposes
  • Performs chromosomal microarray (CMA) bench work (wet lab) and initial data analysis
  • Maintains accurate and legible records of all lab results and procedures, and accurately interprets and records test results.
  • Participates in lab section meetings with others to discuss quality testing, workflow, efficiency strategies, problematic areas, and laboratory improvement.
  • Performs additional tasks as may be assigned by section coordinator or laboratory supervisor such as maintaining records of inventory and ensuring timely ordering of reagents
  • Communicates any problems with equipment to the laboratory supervisor.
  • Complies with the appropriate health and safety regulations and work rules.
  • Attends and participates in laboratory staff meetings and continuing education programs.
  • Demonstrates respect for all members of the University community in the course of performing one’s duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customers.
  • Welcomes the richness talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenges, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace.
  • Represents the interests of the University and of unit leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within unit goals and budgets; strive to promote continual process and quality improvement.
  • Seeks opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to one’s current position and/or prepares for potential future roles and overall career development. 
  • May perform functional supervision over support staff.

The department intends to hire for one position from either Medical Lab Techician, requisition 21005673 or Cytogenetic Lab Specialist I, requisition 21005674, based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please apply to the specific position for which you wich to be considered or both.

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.

Percent of Time: 100%

Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Pay Grade: 5 - SEIU Pay Plan: [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Cytogenetic Lab Specialist I - Pediatrics

Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans

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.
  • ASCP certification in Cytogenetics or Molecular Biology
  • Must have the visual acuity and analytical skills to distinguish fine detail.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in tissue culture techniques for human and other mammalian cells.
  • Demonstrated technical skills in cytogenetic molecular biology as well as preparing slides from tissue for examination.
  • Familiarity with handling and operating digital imaging systems with various software and programs.
  • Familiarity with techniques in FISH and CMA
  • Familiarity with high throughput DNA sequencing (also called next generation sequencing)

Desirable Qualifications

  • Participation in scholarly activities.

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.

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

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

Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check.

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

Additional Information

  • Classification Title: Research Specialist
  • Appointment Type: SEIU
  • Schedule: Full-time


  • Pay Level: 52
  • Starting Salary Maximum: tiffanyrperkins

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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