Medical Diagnostics Technologist

Maryland, United States
01 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MC 
Starting Salary Range: $43,871-$60,402
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8-430 
Employee subgroup: Salaried Exmpt 
Location: 720 Rutland Ave
Department name: 10003082-SOM Ped Infectious Disease 
Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University

The Department of Pediatric is seeking a full time proficient Medical Technologist (Certified, preferred) with emphasis on CLIA/CAP related laboratory testing and shipping and storage of samples with an understanding of laboratory information systems. Under the supervision of the Research Data Analyst and Principal Investigator, performs a variety of both routine and complex clinical and research HIV laboratory tests and HIV coculture in accordance with established standards and procedures. This individual will be expected to acquire a level of knowledge to properly execute these procedures. Coordinate testing, shipping and storage activities with other laboratory staff.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Performs a variety of both routine and complex HIV related clinical and/or research laboratory tests and HIV coculture in accordance with established standards and procedures.
  • Assures that QC are handled in the appropriate manner and follows QA documentation. 
  • May train other lab personnel.
  • Specimen Management including importation, documentation, sample storage and report test results.
  • Complete required logs and supporting documents. Use LDMS and Excel database. 
  • Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, routine repairs or notifying service personnel when more complex problems occur.
  • Performs related general duties such as ordering supplies, general lab housekeeping, and maintaining safety records.
  • Performs and documents validation work for new diagnostic HIV assays.  May be required to attend meetings/conferences.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or related field required. 
  • Minimum of 1 year of related clinical and/or research laboratory experience performing relevant or related techniques required.
  • Experience conducting coculture and performing other laboratory testing.
  • Knowledge of good laboratory practices required. Individual must work independently, under minimal supervision with strong decision making skills and good judgment.
  • Working knowledge of CAP and CLIA regulations procedure formats applicable in a clinical lab. 
  • Individual must work independently under minimal supervision with strong decision making skills and good judgement.

Preferred qualifications:

Master’s degree desired.  Medical Technology Certification Preferred.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, electronic mail and World Wide Web.
  • Work requires precision and attention to detail. Individual should have strong written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have the ability to read and interpret direction, both oral and written, organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments.
  • Must be able to work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory.
  • Strong working knowledge of computers, skilled in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, file organization, and internet research. 
  • Working knowledge of GCLP, CAP, CLIA regulations and CLSI procedure formats applicable to a clinical lab. 

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

  • Any specific physical requirements for the job: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 75% of the time. 
  • Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus. 
  • The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides.
  • Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment. 
  • Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results.
  • Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope). 
  • Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. 
  • Must refer to and are expected to comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas. 
  • Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to assigned work area. 
  • Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment. 
  • Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, and radiation protocols. 
  • Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory).  In some areas work space is limited.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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