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Senior Medical Technologist, Cytogenetics

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center - Riyadh
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Responsibilities / Duties:

  • Perform SNP-array testing and analysis using Cytoscan DX platform (Affymetrix). 

  • Analyze microarray data using CHAS software and report clinically significant findings. 

  • Triage cases for which array testing had been requested and communicate with Supervisor/Section Head/Laboratory Directors and clinicians when necessary. 

  • Be proficient in operating and maintaining microarray hardware and analysis software. 

  • Work with a team of microarray technologists as well as collaborate with the main Cytogenetics laboratory to ensure accurate and timely reporting of array results. 

  • Review all test requests thoroughly for errors, omissions, clarity, and potential problems. 

  • Must follow unidirectional flow of specimen handling to avoid contamination. 

  • Help maintain commonly used equipment. Resolve minor equipment problems and operate equipment carefully and according to procedures. 

  • Perform necessary equipment checks, performance testing, preventive maintenance, and quality control on equipment per laboratory guidelines, as assigned. Assure equipment and instruments meet performance standards and record results. 

  • Comply with clinical genetic testing regulatory agencies and proficiency programs (CAP). 

  • Using SOPs, accurately and efficiently performs tissue culture of assigned specimen types, including culture initiation, maintenance, and harvest. Also performs slides preparation and staining for microscopic analysis.

  • Performs accurate microscopic! post-microscopic analysis of assigned specimen types meeting or exceeding established productivity standards, applying additional staining/testing procedures when indicated, and preparing karyotypes using established Cytogenetics laboratory procedures

  • Using SOPs accurately and efficiently processing assigned specimen types, including slide preparation, pre-treatment, hybridization, post wash, and counterstain for microscopic analysis using appropriate quality control standards. Performs accurate microscopic / post-microscopic analysis of assigned specimen types meeting or exceeding established productivity standards.

  • Documents and maintains tissue culture and/or microscopy analysis records completely and accurately. Documents chromosome or FISH abnormalities using correct ISCN nomenclature and best assessment of breakpoints

  • Ensures accurate specimen processing/test results by strict adherence to testing methodology and quality standards. Participates in quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement programs.

  • Possess appropriate computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, etc.).

  • Participates in training of technologists and other laboratory personnel, including visiting students and fellows, as needed. Participates in reviewing training checklists to reflect current laboratory procedures.

  • Attends departmental meeting as required and participate in the department's continuing education program.

  • Maintains laboratory areas and equipment in a safe, functional, and a sanitary condition. Adheres to all established laboratory safety requirements. Required to use (a) personal protective equipment, (b) engineering controls and/or (c) work practice control as directed by management.

  • Investigates incident reports and directs technical staff in the performance of corrective measures.

  • Assists the Supervisor of the Cytogenetics lab in the employee performance appraisal.

  • Participates in self and other's education, Training and Development, as applicable.

  • Follows all Hospital related policies and procedures.

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelors Degree of Medical Technology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or related life sciences field

  • Registration as Cytotechnologist with Certification by Internationally recognized body as AIMLS, FILMS, AIMS, NZIMLT or equivalent  in country of origin 

Experience Required:

  • 5 experience working in a Cytogenetics laboratory with a minimum of 2 years of chromosomal microarray (SNP-Array) experience

  • Experience with other gene expression, genotyping, or cytogenetic analysis technologies, such as qPCR, or next-gen sequencing, is also desirable

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