Be a part of a world-class academic healthcare system, UChicago Medicine, as a Chief Clinical Test Development Technologist in the Coagluation Lab. As a Chief Clinical Test Development Technologist, you will be primarily responsible for the following: regulatory compliance, supervision, new test development and hemostasis testing for the hospital, outpatient clinics and outside clients.Operating within UChicago Medicine's Department of Pathology, we provide reference laboratory testing to various related and unrelated health care entities, managed care organizations and non-affiliated hospitals, outpatient clinics and private physicians' offices. We offer a full range of diagnostic services.
Responsible for the day to day oversight of operations and general supervision of personnel performing testing and reporting results in the laboratory section. Responsible for development, implementation, evaluation and performance of test, systems and procedures in the laboratory. Implements and enforces all laboratory and hospital policies and procedures. Oversees a wide range of clinical analyses in all sections of the laboratory. Assures staff training and technical competency standards for the laboratory. Assumes a leadership role in the process of continuous quality improvement and serves as the primary clinical laboratory specialist in all areas of the laboratory.
Essential Job Functions
- Provides specialized support in the development, evaluation and implementation of new clinical laboratory procedures, equipment and processes. Furnishes continued technical support after clinical implementation
- Assures that procedures for the preliminary preparation of specimens and other testing materials are observed by all staff and that procedures for the proper storage of specimens are followed when those specimens cannot be analyzed immediately
- Supervises procedures designated under CLIA 88 standards as highly complex and knows all responsibilities necessary to perform these procedures with the highest level of quality, as outlined in the laboratory procedure manual
- Coordinates the maintenance and is responsible for the acquisition of adequate stocks of reagents, standards, control materials and other supplies required for the performance of testing at assigned workstations
- Reviews on a regular basis quality control data, maintenance logs and patient test results and takes appropriate actions on observations not consistent with laboratory policies and procedures, brings problems directly to the attention of personnel involved
- Assists laboratory staff in the proficient and safe use of all equipment necessary for the completion of all duties and responsibilities by following all maintenance, safety, and quality control policies and procedures
- Works with the director to ensure that all procedures, methods and processes are scientifically and technically accurate as well as appropriate and cost effective
- Provides lead support in the development, evaluation and implementation of new clinical laboratory procedures, equipment and processes, interacting directly with personnel from other departments or from outside the institution when necessary
- Updates and maintains written laboratory manuals for testing procedures in accordance with CLIA standard 493.1211, maintains documentation of laboratory and hospital policies, and communicates updates and changes to appropriate staff
- Oversees day to day operation of laboratory and testing personnel and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as institutional and departmental policies and procedures, maintains and reviews records of proficiency testing and quality assurance
- Ensures adherence to all regulatory requirements and the maintenance of all necessary documentation; prepares the laboratory for inspection by outside agencies
- Coordinates and maintains records of training, orientation and ongoing continuing education of laboratory personnel, students, pathology residents and others, ensuring that each is familiar with the organization and the policies and procedures of the institution and department
- Acts in a consistently professional manner while conducting all duties and responsibilities and wears clothing that is appropriate for conducting those duties
- Performs other duties as requested by senior management.
- Must satisfy CLIA 88 qualification requirements for general supervisor that oversees testing personnel performing high complexity testing.
- Bachelor's or advanced degree in clinical laboratory science, molecular biology, or related field of laboratory science (biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics) from an accredited college or university.
- A minimum of six years prior laboratory work experience required for individuals with a bachelor's degree,
- Demonstrated subspecialty expertise, knowledge or training as may be deemed appropriate for the laboratory section.
- Knowledge and proficiency in the use of flow cytometry and conventional laboratory equipment.
- Knowledge and proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and graphical computer programs.
- Knowledge and ability to use laboratory hospitals information systems.
- Certification through the National Credentialing Agency (NCA) by the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) OR the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)) or equivalent preferred
- Ability to use and understand basic statistical concepts and methods that are commonly utilized in clinical laboratory science
- Ability to interact in a professional manner with individuals at all levels
- Ability to stand, stretch, and bend for majority of time worked; ability to lift up to 30 pounds; exceptional organizational ability; ability to work in stressful situations; attention to detail mandatory
- Job Type/FTE: Full Time (1.00)
- Shift: Days
- Unit/Department: Coagulation Lab
- CBA Code: Non-Union
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