Posted

30+ days ago

Location

Minneapolis, MN

Description

The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has a current opening for a full-time Medical Technologist to work to support the research being conducted by Glen Hansen, PhD at Hennepin Healthcare's HCMC.

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position is a research position for a microbiology and infectious disease-based research laboratory located onsite at Hennepin County Medical Center. The proposed candidate will work collaboratively with our research team and the clinical microbiology laboratory on two projects targeting to artificial intelligence of urine culture screening AND examination of a novel molecular approach to detecting sepsis directly from bloodstream samples.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, however the ideal candidate would have experience in clinical microbiology and/or experience in performing manual PCR set up.

Effectively and safely performs routine and special complex laboratory tests, procedures, and examinations. Perform phlebotomies and process blood, urine, stool and biological specimens. Perform specimen processing/storage/shipping functions. Perform data entry and informed consent. Prepares specimens for qualitative and quantitative analysis. Works to support microbiology and molecular diagnostic research studies. Performs routine instrument checks and maintenance. Maintains inventory of reagents, media, and other lab supplies. Transports collected specimens from sites on campus and off campus when needed. May orient, train or teach, and give work direction to less experienced personnel. May be asked to work with medical students, residents and fellows.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

    • Primary job responsibilities include performance of clinical microbiology testing
    • Training and operation of molecular diagnostic testing
    • Perform molecular and microbiology testing as needed which may include both culture and PCR
    • Data entry
    • Perform clinical chart review
    • Many be asked to Perform phlebotomy
    • Process blood and urine specimens
      • Perform specimen collection and specimen processing
      • Process blood and other body fluid (e.g. urine) specimens on site, including centrifuging, aliquoting, and storing specimens in freezer or liquid nitrogen as specified
      • Measure and record specimen volumes, and catalog specimen inventory
    • Perform specimen shipping/receiving functions.
      • Package and transport (via courier or shipping) specimens to collaborating groups
      • Accept and ship specimens to collaborators
    • Effectively and safely performs routine and special complex laboratory tests, procedures, and examinations.
      • Records lab results according to laboratory procedures, reviewing for abnormal or unusual results
      • Reviews test results for completeness and accuracy
        • May assist in the writing of technical reports and articles for publication
      • Posts and files results of laboratory tests
      • Actively evaluate and explore new and different test procedures in research or data interpretation
      • Records and statistically evaluates quality control tests and quality assurance monitoring
    • Coordinate FDA and non-FDA cleared research protocol
      • Assume daily responsibility for assigned studies
      • Organize studies to ensure reporting requirements are met
      • Weekly correspondence with study Sponsor(s), PI and research coordinator on the study progress
      • Assure study protocols are followed
      • Report any pertinent study issues to PI/manager/assistant manager in a timely manner.
      • Review data generated for studies to ensure completeness and quality.
      • Maintain regulatory study binders
    • Prepares specimens for qualitative and quantitative analysis.
      • May prepares and interprets slides for microscopic analysis
      • Identifies and labels all specimens to be retained and saved
      • May prepares special media for culture and susceptibility testing, prepares reagents and indicator solutions according to the established methods and standards.
    • Performs routine instrument checks and maintenance.
      • May operate, conduct performance checks on, calibrate and maintain testing equipment/instrumentation including performing quality control procedures, monitoring results and quality assurance records to assure accuracy and validity of test results.
    • Maintains inventory of reagents, media, and other lab supplies.
      • May assist with ordering supplies.
    • May orient, train or teach, and give work direction to less experienced personnel.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Education/Experience:

Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. Typical qualifications would be a Bachelor's degree with a Medical Technologist (ASCP) or equivalent registry as a Medical Technologist. Individuals with clinical laboratory, public health, or undergraduate microbiology degree experience may also be considered.

Skill, Knowledge & Ability (SKA):

Requires interaction with a diverse population. Must possess a comprehensive science background and the ability to utilize a theoretical and applied foundation in natural science. Ability to adhere to institutional safety protocols, perform work independently with limited guidance within the established laboratory policy and procedures and with instruction given on all new or special assignments. Demonstrates effective verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and documentation skills. Must demonstrate high standards of attendance, punctuality, maintains confidentiality, and manages time efficiently. Experience with PCR preferred.

AA/EOE of Minorities, Women, Disabilities, Veterans