Cell Processing QC Specialist I

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Job ID:
29336

Location:
450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Category:
Medical Technologist

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk

Overview

The Cell Processing Quality Control Specialist I trains and becomes competent at performing, interpreting and reporting for quality control assays required for cellular product evaluation. Responsible for the quality control (QC) of reagents, supplies, facility environmental testing, laboratory equipment maintenance and QC performed in the Cell Manipulation Core Facility.  The Cell Processing Quality Control Specialist I is responsible for QC procedures that are performed under the highest standards of quality in a timely manner while minimizing costs.

This is a  position, Monday - Friday day shift  fully on site.  There is a rotating on-call schedule once someone is trained.

The Connell and O'Reilly Families Cell Manipulation Core Facility (CMCF) assists DF/HCC members in developing new cell-based therapies for patients with cancer who are enrolled in novel therapeutic clinical research protocols. It also supports clinical research studies designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of these novel treatments.  Please visit  https://cmcf.dana-farber.org

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Responsibilities

  • Follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records. 
  • Accurately perform, analyze and demonstrate proficiency of the following tests at a minimum;
    • automated and manual cell counts, including trypan blue viability testing
    • basic flow cytometry analysis (CD34, T subsets, 7AAD viability, etc)
    • potency assays such as CFUs, etc
    • basic microbiology cultures and gram stains (clinical and environmental)
  • Must review / interpret QC and test results, trends and respond / report according to procedure and policy 
  • Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and all maintenance performed 
  • Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance.
  • Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications. Identify problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results, correct the problems encountered or immediately notify the senior technologist or supervisor. 
  • Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens; 
  • Able to perform aseptic processing of samples for relevant tests.
  • Must have working knowledge of using information systems and databases to communicate and capture results
  • Must be able to accurately perform simple laboratory math calculations
  • Follows Regulations (FDA, CLIA, HIPAA, OSHA, state) standards (FACT, JC) and safety guidelines.
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced environment and communicate effectively in a diverse work group. 
  • If applicable, answer questions from clinicians or other lab personnel.
  • Maintain complete records of all testing performed 
  • Maintains general clean and organized appearance of the department.
  • Makes sure reagents/test kits have received dates, expiration dates, and if applicable opened dates. 
  • Reviews and trains on new procedures. 
  • Attend monthly department and any additional training/educational meetings. Participate in all applicable safety training sessions. Know the location and contents of the safety manual. Know the location/use of all applicable safety equipment. 
  • If needed, participate in government or regulatory agency inspections.
  • Perform other duties as directed by supervisor.

Qualifications

  • BS in Medical Technology or related field, MT ASCP (or equivalent) strongly preferred.
  • Must qualify as a General Lab Supervisor under CLIA as independent judgment is required for the high complexity work performed in the following areas; Immunohematology, hematology, microbiology and flow cytometry. Knowledge of other non-routine laboratory procedures such as CFU assays, PCR and ELISA testing is a benefit.
  • Must have basic knowledge of general clinical laboratory practices, hematology, flow cytometry, immunohematology, and microbiology. In addition must demonstrate general lab skills, aseptic practices, knowledge of lab safety and infection control practices.
  • Position requires an ongoing commitment to upgrading of job skills. Must be able to work closely with others & possess solid interpersonal & communication skills.
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced environment; effective in a diverse work group; willing to work in a rapidly changing work unit. 
  • Able to work independently, capable of handling stress of producing accurate results under time constraints; willing to accommodate schedule adjustments, as well as off-shift and weekend assignments as workload dictates. 
  • Must possess good judgment, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • The ability to be flexible & adaptable to changing technology. 
  • Requires attention to detail and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with both laboratory and clinical staff within a complex, multi-organization environment.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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