Location: Indianapolis IN 46202
Duration: Long Term Contract
Incumbent will have in-depth knowledge and ability in the area of microbiology and molecular biology and is able to perform laboratory associated assays or the ability to learn these techniques upon successful completion of proficiency testing.
Representative duties include:
Conducting examinations of samples and/or reference samples for analyses such as but not limited to, molecular detection or isolation and identification of microorganisms/toxins or their antigens/nucleic acids.
Strictly follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results.
Extraction of nucleic acids from specimens, isolates, and samples via a variety of manual and automated methods.
Utilize molecular techniques such as, but not limited to, PCR, sequencing, MALDI-TOF, and WGS.
Evaluate, interpret, and validate laboratory results and reports findings.
Maintain laboratory record system of submitted samples and specimens and their possible referral.
Conduct quality control checks on laboratory methods, materials, and equipment in strict adherence to the laboratory's quality control policies.
Maintain an inventory of laboratory supplies and order as needed to ensure testing needs are met.
Assist in preparations of epidemiological and/or statistical reports from data compiled on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis.
Maintain competency in all trained areas.
Testing personnel responsibilities (493.1495 Standard):
The testing personnel are responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results.
(a) Each individual performs only those high complexity tests that are authorized by the laboratory director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual's education, training or experience, and technical abilities.
(b) Each individual performing high complexity testing must-
(1) Follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results.
(2) Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
(3) Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed.
(4) Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance.
(5) Be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify the general supervisor, technical supervisor, clinical consultant, or director.
(6) Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications; and
(7) Except as specified in paragraph (c) of this section, if qualified under § 493.1489(b)(5), perform high complexity testing only under the onsite, direct supervision of a general supervisor qualified under § 493.1461.
(c) Exception. For individuals qualified under § 493.1489(b)(5), who were performing high complexity testing on or before January 19, 1993, the requirements of paragraph (b)(7) of this section are not effective, provided that all high complexity testing performed by the individual in the absence of a general supervisor is reviewed within 24 hours by a general supervisor qualified under § 493.1461.
Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of microbiology and related sub- specialties.
Specialized knowledge of current scientific methods and testing procedures and the ability to apply them when seeking solutions to public health laboratory problems.
Specialized knowledge of and ability to use a full range of standard technical equipment, complex scientific apparatus, and automated techniques of analysis.
Extensive knowledge of laboratory safety practices and principles.
Aware of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies concerning the program area (i.e., CLIA);
Ability to meet requirements for personnel certification as a technologist pursuant to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)
Ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing and maintain productive working relationships.
Ability to satisfactorily participate in proficiency testing programs and recognize QA problems.
Ability to compile, analyse, evaluate, and prepare laboratory reports.