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Cytogenetic Lab Specialist II

University of Iowa
Job Location
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States
Job Description

The Shivanand R Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular lab, within the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, is seeking an experienced Cytogenetic Laboratory Specialist II. The lab utilizes classical and molecular cytogenetic techniques, including chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and chromosomal microarray (CMA), for diagnosis or treatment in cancer and constitutional genetic disorders. In this role, the cytogenetic laboratory specialist will perform components of cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic studies according to established laboratory protocols and work to maintain and improve the clinical testing environment, capabilities and quality of data in the laboratory.

This position is first shift (8am – 5pm) and must be able to accommodate approximately 5-6 Saturday workdays and one holiday every year as part of a rotating schedule with other technologists.

Duties to include:

  • Establishes, maintains, and harvests short-term cultures of blood, bone marrow, and long­ term cultures of skin, tumor and other specimens for cytogenetic or molecular cytogenetic analysis according to lab protocols.
  • Performs routine banded cytogenetic and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis according to lab protocols.
  • Stains slides of chromosome spreads for analysis using G-banding methods and summarizes the test results using the correct International System for Cytogenetics Nomenclature.
  • Performs microscopic analysis of metaphase chromosomes for diagnostic purposes and karyotypes computerized images.
  • Maintains documentation of the steps performed in accomplishing chromosome preparations via a processing log and accurate labeling of culture vessels, tubes, slides, etc.
  • Evaluates slide quality and trouble shoots problems with temperature, humidity or other factors affecting the quality of the chromosome spreads.
  • Performs hybridization and stains slides of metaphase spreads and/or interphase nuclei for molecular cytogenetic analysis using established methods, and clearly and accurately summarizes the test results.
  • Maintains accurate and legible records of all lab results and procedures, and accurately interprets and records test results.
  • Rotates with other technologists for on-call schedules to perform cytogenetic procedures needing preliminary results or specimen set-ups for the weekend and after routine work hours.
  • Assists in the training of new technologist trainees and laboratory assistants.
  • Actively participates in lab section meetings with others to discuss quality testing, workflow, efficiency strategies, problematic areas, and laboratory improvement.
  • Communicates any problems with equipment to the section coordinator/laboratory supervisor.
  • Complies with the appropriate health and safety regulations and work rules.  Attends and participates in laboratory staff meetings and continuing education programs.
  • Participates in College of American Pathologists (CAP) proficiency testing.

The department is posting the Cytogenetic Lab Specialist II (requisition 20003028) in conjunction with the Medical Laboratory Technician (requisition 20003027) and intends to hire based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please apply to the specific position for which you wish to be considered or both.

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is a national leader in pediatric medicine.  The Department's mission is to provide outstanding care to the children of Iowa and beyond by being a leader in state-of-the-art clinical care to children, performing cutting-edge research to find new treatments and cures for childhood illnesses, and educating the next generation of pediatric health care providers.  The Department comprises the medical and research staff of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.  UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric care and research institutions, and Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital.

Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics

The Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics is committed to excellence in providing comprehensive services for children, adults and prenatal patients in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of genetic conditions. The Division's multidisciplinary team is comprised of board certified medical geneticists, a molecular genetic pathologist, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, nurses, and dietitians.  Our clinics include: General Genetics Clinics, Metabolic Genetics Clinics, Connective Tissue Disorder Clinics, Neurofibromatosis Clinics and Outreach Genetics Clinics. Genetic diseases and disorders affect families as well as individuals. The medical team provides the information, support and follow-up needed to make informed decisions.  Our medical genetics team collaborates with state and federal agencies, educators, researchers, support groups and others to provide the latest information and treatment options for Iowans and their families.

The Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory is located within the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics.  The lab is a nationally accredited, CAP-inspected, CLIA certified facility that tests and analyzes subtle changes in genes and chromosomes to assist in the diagnosis of complex developmental problems in children and adults using state-of-the-art methods. The laboratory performs conventional chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and chromosomal microarrays for a myriad of indications including cancer diagnosis/prognosis as well as both post and pre-natal genetics.

Percent of Time: 100%

Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Rotations: 5-6 Saturday workdays and one holiday every year as part of a rotating schedule with other technologists

Pay Grade: 6 - SEIU Pay Plan:

Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, a related scientific discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Certification in Cytogenetics by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or National Credentialing Agency (NCA)
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in clinical cytogenetics
  • Must have experience in culturing human cells
  • Demonstrated analytical skills with the ability to distinguish fine detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required

Desirable Qualifications

  • Quality assurance experience with College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA laboratory standards)
  • Knowledge of FISH techniques and/or use of molecular probe systems
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and to optimize use of time to meet caseload and turnaround times even when working alone.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. 

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on September 28, 2020.

Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check.

This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Additional Information

  • Classification Title: Cytogenetic Lab Specialist II
  • Appointment Type: SEIU
  • Schedule: Full-time


  • Pay Level: 6

Contact Information

  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Stead Family Department of Pediatrics Human Resources
  • Contact Email: [email protected]
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