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Molecular Technologist ASCP Certified - Caduceus (Washington, DC)

ASCP Certified Molecular Biology Technologist
Molecular Oncology Pathology Technologist
CADUCEUS Healthcare is sourcing for an ASCP Certified Molecular Biology Technologist for the Joint Pathology Center (JPC) in Silver Spring MD.

The Joint Pathology Center (JPC) is the federal government's premier pathology reference center supporting the Military Health System (MHS), Department of Defense and other federal agencies. The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the JPC is a CAP accredited clinical laboratory, located in Bethesda, Maryland. It provides variety of molecular testing for tumor pathology, hereditary genetic diseases, and infectious diseases. The main molecular pathology techniques used in this laboratory include DNA and RNAextraction, PCR, real time PCR, pyrosequencing, Sanger sequencing, next generation sequencing, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). This position will serves as a medical technologist performing routine clinical testing in PCR based molecular diagnostics laboratory and FISH laboratory and actively involving in new assay development particularly using next generation sequencing techniques
Candidates will be responsible for performing specialized genetic studies related to the diagnosis of genetic, neoplastic and infectious diseases, solving highly complex diagnostic problems, and modifying or adapted new methods or techniques to improve or expand services. Incumbent performs complex and unusual tests and studies requiring specialized knowledge and skill, such as polymerase chain reaction assays, in-situ hybridization, gene amplification and deletion studies and nucleic acid sequencing.

• Bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science, biology, or related field from an accredited college or university. May be required to obtain and maintain a certification from either the National Certification Agency (NCA) Certification as a Certified Laboratory Specialist in Molecular Biology, CLSP (MB) or the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certification with a Certification of Molecular Pathology, MP (ASCP) to perform the work of this position.
• The ideal candidate (with BS or MS) should have a solid back ground in molecular biology, biochemistry, and molecular pathology. Prior work experience in mutation analysis and sequencing in a molecular pathology service laboratory or a related research laboratory is a must. Knowledge and work experience with next generation sequencing technique including
basic bioinformatics knowledge will be favorable factors to be considered
• Knowledge of professional medical technology principles, practices, and concepts (and the theories and techniques unique to oncology) sufficient to develop and establish procedures for oncologic determinations; perform the more difficult and infrequent tests in the section; evaluate, modify, and implement new methods; and participate in the selection of supplies and equipment.
• Knowledge and skill to consult with physicians on regulatory requirements to follow in attempting to confirm the diagnosis of a patient; provide technical instructions on problems others have been unable to solve by use of established decision criteria; and advise specialists in other sections of the laboratory or other departments of the hospital on advanced molecular techniques, and in molecular aspects of cancer etiology/diagnosis.

The Medical Technologist duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Determines procedures for molecular biologic tests relevant to diagnostic molecular oncology which are performed in the laboratory.
• Develops and implements the use of protocols for performance of tests and evaluation of results. Monitors conformity to protocols. Develops procedures and establishes parameters for correlation of test results and preset troubleshooting protocols.
• Defines reference values/ranges using statistical methods; sets up and monitors record keeping system and effective quality control procedures. Identifies/implements changes needed in the quality assurance program. Prepares reagents and control materials for diagnostic molecular oncology assays. Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures. Integrates and correlates test data with other laboratory and patient data to lead to a conclusion about the normality of a system. Determines corrective actions for problems which arise either during the course of testing or in sample preparation and handling.

Set up the laboratory’s Ion Torrent sequencer and provide validation and testing protocols.
Knowledge of professional medical, technology principles, practices and concepts unique to Oncology