Title: Clinical Laboratory Specialist
Location: Upper East Side
Org Unit: Embryology Lab
Work Days: Weekdays and some weekends
Exemption Status: Non-exempt
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.
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
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
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.
Bachelor's Degree in related field
Approximately 3-5 years of related work experience within a clinical
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
Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to
Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills.
Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced
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
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
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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
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