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Laboratory Molecular Technologist at Florida Cancer Specialists, P.L.

Laboratory Molecular Technologist

Florida Cancer Specialists, P.L. Fort Myers, FL (On Site) Full-Time
Date Posted:

2021-09-09-07:00

Country:

United States of America

Location:

Corporate Headquarters 3

WHY JOIN FCS

At Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, we believe our people are our strength and we invest in them. In addition to having a positive impact on the people and communities we serve, associates benefit from significant professional opportunities, career advancement, training and competitive wages.

Offering competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits packages to include loan repayment, tuition reimbursement, 401-K match, pet and legal insurance.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT FCS

Since 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute & Research Institute (FCS) has built a national reputation for excellence. With over 250 physicians, 220 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and nearly 100 locations in our network. Utilizing innovative clinical research, cutting-edge technologies, and advanced treatments, we are committed to providing world-class cancer care. We are recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida. Our patients have access to ground-breaking therapies, in a community setting, and may participate in national clinical research studies of drugs and treatment protocols. In the past five years, the majority of new cancer drugs approved for use in the U.S. were studied in clinical trials with FCS participation prior to approval.

Through our partnership with Sarah Cannon, we are one of the largest clinical research organizations in the United States. Often, FCS leads the nation in initiating research studies and offering ground-breaking new therapies to patients.

Come join us today!

Position Summary

Under general supervision, performs routine and complex molecular based laboratory testing, including next-generation sequencing (NGS), qPCR, and nucleic acid isolation; operates and maintains laboratory equipment needed to perform daily duties; and performs daily QA/QC tasks.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Key Performance Areas (KPA)

KPA 1 - Performs nucleic acid isolations of blood and tissue specimens

* Practices universal precaution measures for the handling of body fluids
* Prepares reagents in accordance with laboratory protocol
* Observes principles of sterile technique in carrying out daily responsibilities including the proper cleaning and decontamination of work surfaces, equipment, and instruments
* Maintains all company equipment in a safe and working order
* Monitors daily QC readings of equipment
* Assists in maintaining an adequate stock of commonly used supplies
* Keeps work area and records in a neat and orderly manner
* Performs direct isolation of DNA and RNA from blood, tissue and FFPE samples
* Performs quantification of nucleic acids
* Maintain detailed records

KPA 2 - Performs NGS (next-generation sequencing)

* Required to prepare next-generation sequencing library
* Prepares reagents in accordance with laboratory protocol
* Ability to operate liquid handling platforms
* Ability to operate fragmentation, quantification, sizing and NGS instruments (Illumina)
* Ability to perform quality control and calibrations, as required
* Performs workflow that maintains quality, attention to detail, and efficiency for Turn Around Time (TAT)
* Ability to work independently

KPA 3 - Quality Control and Quality Assurance

* Complies with quality control policies and procedures to ensure that all aspects of laboratory operations are performed in accordance with accepted standards and applicable laws for clinical laboratories
* Ensures proper equipment maintenance, orders and receives reagents, validates new lots/shipments of probes, ensures proper documentation on forms
* Identifies ways in which laboratory procedures and activities can be modified to improve upon current methodologies
* Participates in the development and/or maintenance of SOPs and master forms as required
* Participates in validations
* Participates in CAP proficiency surveys twice a year
* Attends in-services, reads professional literature, and participates in educational programs and activities to remain abreast of developments in the field of cytogenetics
* Identifies ways in which laboratory procedures and activities can be modified to improve upon current methodologies
* Assists in the training of new employees and trainees in accordance with department protocols and company guidelines
* Maintains and always ensures the confidentiality of all patient and employee information

Comply with all Federal and State laws and regulations pertaining to patient care, patient rights, safety, billing, human resources and collections. Adhere to all FCS and departmental policies and procedures, including IT policies and procedures and Disaster Recovery Plan

* Performs other duties and projects as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Molecular or related field

2. Previous Experience:

* Minimum 1 year of related experience in a clinical setting is required OR one year of full time acceptable veterinary, industry or research experience in molecular biology laboratory in the U.S. within the last five years.

3. Core Capabilities:

* Analysis & Critical Thinking: Critical thinking skills including solid problem solving, analysis, decision-making, planning, time management and organizational skills. Must be detailed oriented with the ability to exercise independent judgment.
* Interpersonal Effectiveness: Developed interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, diplomacy, tact, conflict management, delegation skills, and diversity awareness. Ability to work effectively with sensitive and confidential material and sometimes emotionally charged matters.
* Communication Skills: Effective communication skills (oral, written, presentation), is an active listener, and effectively provides balanced feedback.
* Customer Service & Organizational Awareness: Strong customer focus. Ability to build an engaging culture of quality, performance effectiveness and operational excellence through best practices, strong business and political acumen, collaboration and partnerships, as well as a positive employee, physician and community relations.
* Self-Management: Effectively manages own time, conflicting priorities, self, stress, and professional development. Self-motivated and self-starter with ability work independently with limited supervision. Ability to work remotely effectively as required.
* Must be able to work effectively in a fast-paced, multi-site environment with demonstrated ability to juggle competing priorities and demands from a variety of stakeholders and sites.
* Computer Skills: Proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook required.

4. Certifications/Licenses:

* MB(ASCP) certification preferred, or required scheduling upon employment.
* State of Florida clinical laboratory technologist license in the area pertinent to the testing being performed required (assistance and reimbursement with license will be provided).
* Valid state Driver's License for travel to satellite offices and offsite meetings. Compliance with the company Driver Safety Operations and Motor Vehicle Records Check Policy is required.

EEOC

To give equal employment and advancement opportunities to all people, we make employment decisions at FCS based on each person's performance, qualifications, and abilities. FCS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless making the reasonable accommodation would result in an undue hardship to FCS. Our Equal Employment Opportunity policy covers all employment practices, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training. If you have a question about any type of discrimination at work, contact the Manager of Human Resources or the VP of Human Resources. You will not be punished for asking questions about this. Also, if we find out that anyone was illegally discriminating, that person will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

SCREENINGS - Background, drug, and nicotine screens

Safeguarding our patients and each other is an important part of how we deliver the best care possible to the communities we serve. All offers of employment at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background screening. Additionally, as a condition of employment, FCS requires all new hires to receive various vaccinations, including the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, barring an approved exemption. In addition, FCS is a drug-free workplace, and all new hires will be subject to drug/ nicotine testing.

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