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Medical Laboratory Scientist - Stem Cell Lab - 2nd shift
Ref No.: 18-00325
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Occupational Summary:
The individual filling this position in the Stem Cell Laboratory will be an integral member of a team of physicians, nurses, physician extenders, and allied health professionals providing clinical and laboratory services related to pediatric and adult bone marrow transplantation. The Stem Cell Laboratory is a clinical laboratory not a research laboratory.

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working, self-motivated individuals who are willing to learn and work hard to support of our patients. We also want individuals who want to stay in this field and who are willing to dedicate the time and effort needed to become proficient and efficient in all laboratory duties assigned.

Education:
  • Candidate must have a B.S. Degree in Medical Technology or a related field (Biology, Chemistry, etc).
  • Certification as a Medical Technologist (MT) by a nationally-recognized agency (ie. ASCP, NCA) is required.
  • Two years of experience (minimal) in general laboratory medicine to include flow cytometry, hematology, blood banking, sterile technique, etc. all strongly preferred.
  • NOT considering MLTs for this high complexity laboratory position.

Skills needed:
  • Flow Cytometry skills including staining, acquisition, and analysis of samples.
  • Blood banking skills including manual and automated manipulation such as red blood cell reduction, volume reduction, and plasma reduction of cellular products including cord blood, bone marrow, peripheral blood progenitor cells, etc. used to support patients undergoing autologous or allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
  • Processing, testing, volume reduction, and cryopreservation of cellular products.
  • Thawing of cellular products for infusion (dextran-albumin thaws, 37oC thaws).
  • Hematology skills needed to include, but not limited to, automated cell counts, manual differentials, etc.
  • Experience using sterile technique desired to ensure that there is no cross- contamination of the cellular products being prepared for transplant.
  • Experience in plating and enumeration of colony forming unit (CFU) assays that are initiated for transplant-related products, when indicated.
  • Good pipetting skills required.
  • Detail-oriented, legible handwriting on source documentation required.
  • Must be able to follow Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in the laboratory to meet regulatory requirements.
  • Strong computer skills needed to ensure accurate results are entered in respective data bases; strong math skills needed to ensure calculations are confirmed for all results reported in the medical records.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills essential.
  • Exceptionally good communication skills required.
  • Ability to get along well with others.

Instrumentation:
  • Beckman Coulter FACSCalibur Flow Cytometry instrumentation
  • Beckman Coulter FACSCanto II Flow Cytometry instrumentation
  • CO2 incubators
  • Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Microscopes
  • Slide Stainer
  • Sterile Welders
  • Heat Sealers
  • Centrifuges (refrigerated)
  • Centrifuges (Serofuge)
  • Thermo Fisher CryoMed Controlled Rate Freezers
  • BacTAlert 3 D Instrument
  • SePax 2 S-100 Instrument
  • SePax 2 RM® Instrument
  • Sysmex XS-1000i Hematology Analyzer
  • REES Environmental Monitoring System
  • Miltenyi ClinMACS Instrument
  • Refrigerators
§ Freezers (-20oC, -80oC)
  • Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) Freezers
  • Dry Shippers
  • Demand 128 labeling of cellular products
  • ISBT128 barcoding of cellular products
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