Clinical Laboratory Specialist

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

United States

December 24, 2021

Description

Title: Clinical Laboratory Specialist

Location: Upper East Side

Org Unit: Embryology Lab

Work Days: Weekdays and some weekends

Exemption Status: Non-exempt

Position Summary

Under guidance, the Clinical Laboratory Specialist oversees and coordinates the daily activities within the clinical laboratory and/or research laboratory. This role may also assist scientists, physicians and/or clinical staff, both independently and collaboratively, with laboratory and investigative procedures and may be required to work with animal models and/or human subjects in a clinical setting.

Job Responsibilities
  • Develops strategies and workflows to improve overall operational performance and presents action plans to resolve issues.
  • Evaluates, recommends, and develops new techniques to assist in translation of the new assays into clinical setting.
  • Ensures laboratory quality assurance goals and standards are met. Evaluates results of quality control trends and implements corrective action when needed.
  • Writes/amends laboratory operating protocols and implements new technology and protocols as needed.
  • May be responsible for tissue & cell culture activities.
  • May perform routine molecular biology laboratory procedures, such as PCR, protein and DNA electrophoresis, cloning and DNA preparation.
  • May run biochemistry assays including western blotting, BLI and RT-PCR.
  • May be responsible for the receipt, storage, cataloguing and shipment of samples within and between institutions.
  • Conducts library research and literature searches using various computer systems. Assists in editing scientific publications, abstracts and/or posters.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, equipment and/or reagents. May order supplies/equipment/reagents as authorized or ensure that needs are escalated appropriately. Receives supply orders and confirms accuracy of delivery. May assist with cost control.
  • Audits and screens vendors/suppliers to evaluate the quality of products and equipment they supply. Corresponds with them for technical support pertaining to those products.
  • May be responsible for the financial activities associated with the procurement for laboratory supplies.
  • Ensures that facilities and equipment are in optimal and proper working condition. Coordinates preventative maintenance and repairs as needed. May perform minor repairs if qualified and as needed. May advise on upgrades for performance enhancements.
  • Ensures a clean working area and is responsible for washing and storing glassware.
  • Ensures that safe laboratory practices are followed, including the use and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials.
  • May need to assist in the orientation and training of new investigators, fellows, residents, and technical staff and/or provide working supervision to lower level laboratory staff.
  • Education
  • Bachelor's Degree in related field
  • Experience

    Approximately 3-5 years of related work experience within a clinical laboratory.

    NY State Clinical Laboratory Technologist licensure and/or Clinical Laboratory Certification is highly desired.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact with multiple constituencies and exercise "people skills".
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain focused despite frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise standards of professionalism, including appearance, presentation and demeanor.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative manner with all departmental faculty and staff, as well as other institutional representatives.
  • Licenses and Certifications Working Conditions/Physical Demands

    Ability to work flexible hours.

    Standard laboratory conditions.

    This position may handle biologic materials from human subjects as required.

    This position may require standing or sitting for long periods of time.

    This role may require working within Biologic Safety Level 1, 2 and/or 3 facilities.

    Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork- Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Weill Cornell Medicine provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

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