Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory Manager

Connecticut, United States
27 May 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Responsible and accountable for all administrative, technical and personnel matters for the efficient and high-quality operation and management of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. Responsible for development, interpretation, and application of lab policies and procedures, budgets and planning in conjunction with Medical Director of Lab.

Major Duties and Essential Functions

  • Manage and direct the daily operations of the laboratory including approving work schedules, maintaining proper staffing, and supervising the daily work activities of medical technologists and clerical staff.
  • Ensure appropriateness of test results in coordination with Director and attending Pathologists.
  • Reviews and evaluates report validation, abnormal and unexpected test results with Pathologists.
  • Responsible for quality control and quality assurance for all testing performed in the lab.
  • Manages clinical issues and refers as appropriate to the Medical Director as needed.
  • Ensures adequate laboratory supplies and sound inventory control within budget parameters.
  • Ensures that all laboratory equipment is properly maintained to include service contractual arrangements and facilitates repair when necessary.
  • In conjunction with Path ITS ensured effective IT functionality for the lab.
  • Responsible for the training of Pathology residents, fellows, med techs, etc. Provides orientation to new employees and on-going in-service instruction to assigned personnel.
  • Institute and execute quality control and quality improvement measures and establish standards of performance to comply with University, State and Federal regulatory agency standards.
  • Maintain University and government policies and regulations with regards to hazardous and biological waste material disposal.
  • Utilize and/or understand PCR and capillary electrophoresis as well as gel electrophoresis and real time PCR to genotype hematolymphoid neoplasms and solid tumors.
  • Utilize and/or understand PCR and capillary electrophoresis as well as real time PCR to analyze a variety of infectious agents.
  • Evaluate the potential application of new technologies to molecular diagnostics.
  • Organize and monitor proficiency testing and prepare and participate in laboratory inspections by the CAP, State of Connecticut Dept. of Health or any other regulatory agency as required.
  • Assists with cost analysis for existing and newly developed assays.

Essential Duties

  1. Develop, maintain and oversee policies and procedures for laboratory operating standards. Prioritize work and staffing schedules to provide adequate research and/or diagnostic procedures and services. Monitor and evaluate performance and provide training for staff. Oversee hiring, disciplinary processes, and approval of overtime. Maintain control of the total work effort within the laboratory. Determine the most expedient methods for the evaluation of patient related testing procedures. Investigate, analyze and evaluate alternative scientific experimental techniques to assist in research design and resolve conflicting data. Initiate and approve purchases of supplies and equipment. Follow-up with vendors to resolve any problems and monitor costs and expenses.
  2. Develop and evaluate new techniques for clinical and research procedures and obtain information on new equipment and technologies, test methods and procedures. Keep abreast of current histology laboratory literature to obtain information on new equipment, test methods, and procedures. Monitor specimens and samples submitted to laboratory. Advise histology technicians with the use of the computer and collaborate with the Information Technology specialists to implement changes and new programs. Manage research records in areas such as test results, gross and microscopic photography and recording of tissue specimens. Develop technical data to support any alterations to engineering systems of laboratory. Manage renovation and construction projects outside contractors, vendors and University service departments. Initiate, receive, analyze and manage the process on all requests for physical plant services to maintain or repair laboratory equipment or in making alterations to engineering systems of the laboratory. Manage large technical staff.
  3. Develop and interpret the results of research experiments affecting decisions on the scope and direction of projects. Monitor diagnostic specimens submitted to the laboratory for processing, ensuring quality, consistency and timeliness. Ensure that laboratory is in compliance with University, state and federal policies and procedures for health and safety regulations and infection control standards. Provide instruction and guidance in areas of quality control and compliance. Assist in budget preparation and prepare reports pertaining to laboratory costs and income. Develop and implement systems for charging grants and contracts as well as University departments for services provided and materials used. Investigate, evaluate and initiate a variety of methods for achieving cost savings such as bulk purchasing of standard items. Manage the operation of laboratory stack room, proper removal of excess chemicals and improvement of inventory and control methods. Manage use of archival tissue for research projects, and proper recording of materials removed and refiled in the laboratory
  4. Interact with internal contacts such as principal investigators; research scientists; medical and clinical staff; University administrators; and representatives from various University offices to coordinate and collaborate on research experiments; interpret and analyze data results to assist in the determination of research goals; discuss new techniques and procedures; interpret test results; and manage physical plant activities.
  5. Interact with external contacts such as research companies, colleagues in other medical, research and health institutions; sales and technical representatives to exchange information on research technologies; purchase supplies and equipment; discuss progress of experiments and clinical procedures and exchange technical information on test procedures.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific or clinical field and five years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent managerial, technical, interpersonal, problem solving and organizational skills.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Minimum 5 years working as Medical Technologist in a Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory or another laboratory performing relevant testing, including one to three years of lead, supervisory, or management experience.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

MS or PhD in related field preferred. Experience with nucleic acid extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis, SSCP, FISH and NGS. Experience with LIS system.

Required Licenses or Certifications

Certification in Histology (HT).

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

MT (ASCP) or MB (ASCP) certification.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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