Microarray Testing Supervisor

Aurora, CO
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers.*

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine | Department of Pathology, Colorado Genetics Laboratory

Microarray Testing Supervisor (Health Care Principal Professional)

Position #1828 - Requisition 12257

The Department of Pathology, Colorado Genetics Laboratory has an opening for a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Microarray Testing Supervisor (Health Care Principal Professional) position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

Job Summary:
This position functions as the Microarray Testing Supervisor in the Colorado Genetics Laboratory (CGL) dedicated to providing value-to-patient services and resources for the Denver area and beyond, performing highly complex diagnostic cytogenomic testing utilizing chromosomal analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and/or chromosomal microarray.

The Microarray Testing Supervisor promotes a culture conducive to effective, patient centric operations within specialized and cross-functional teams; ensures that quality control, assurance, improvement and regulatory standards are understood, measured, monitored, and responded to effectively; ensures the education, training and feedback necessary to develop team members and effective processes; promotes state-of-the-art methodologies to continually improve patient care.

This position supervises section coordinators, leads, technologists and technicians, including section staff coaching sessions and performance evaluations, work schedules, work assignments and conflict resolution.

Examples of Work Performed:

New Testing:
  • Under the direction of the Laboratory Director(s), develops and deploys new tests and coordinates collaborative academic research projects.
  • Ensures new testing regulatory compliance and certification requirements.
  • Develops new standard operating procedures and quality control/preventive maintenance protocols for new tests and equipment.

Team Leader:
  • Ensures microarray testing quality, safety, timeliness and regulatory compliance.
  • Ensures effective definition, monitoring and response to key process indicators.
  • Facilitates maintenance and improvement of testing processes, procedures and support functions.
  • Reviews and edits current policies and protocols addressing new cytogenomic guidelines
  • Facilitates effective process variance investigation.

Supervision of Section Staff:
  • Develops team members and team competencies, capabilities and performance.
  • Responsible for section staff supervision including: training, performance, work assignments and schedules, approving sick and annual leave requests, completing performance plans, conducting coaching sessions, and completing written performance evaluations for section staff.
  • Participates in and monitors relevant College of American Pathologists (CAP) proficiency testing.
  • Participates in the hiring of new employees.
  • Collects and manages documentation in support of staff recognition, as well as corrective and/or disciplinary actions if needed.

Case Preview / Review Team Member:
  • Determines best testing options through test preview, consultation with Client Services, Genetic Counselors, Directors, and Clinicians.
  • Coordinates processing and analysis priorities.
  • Reviews / interprets microarray / cytogenetics test results for Director review and release of results.
  • Coordinates findings with concurrent studies.
  • Distinguishes clinical significance of findings using specialized software, scientific databases, and literature searches.
  • Consults with Directors and Genetic Counselors on testing interpretation.
  • Relays critical results to clinicians at Director discretion.

Specimen Processing and Preparation for Analysis:
  • Extracts and purifies DNA for microarray analysis.
  • Follows established procedures and policies in performing testing and selects the proper methodologies in processing specimens to ensure quality preparations.
  • Effective in troubleshooting and decision making regarding process irregularities and possible equipment malfunction or necessary preventive maintenance.
  • Participates in quality control and quality assurance protocols.

Microarray and Chromosome Analysis, Case Summary and Standardized Interpretations:
  • Performs microarray analysis (oligo- and SNP-based) utilizing a variety of genetic databases to identify genomic changes associated with genetic diseases and neoplastic processes.
  • Performs chromosome analysis to identify numerical and structural abnormalities associated with genetic diseases and neoplastic processes.
  • Prepares digitized images of karyotypes; summarizes case analysis correlating chromosome, FISH, and array results.
  • Prepares standardized and complex interpretations for review by the Lab Directors.
  • Participates in proficiency testing as required by CAP.

Laboratory Support:
  • Serves as a member of the cross-functional, Director-led planning team.
  • Develops and implements laboratory improvement initiatives in order to optimize value-to-patient testing.
  • Participates in continuing education, orientation, and training by actively engaging in process and developmental feedback loops, and maintaining professional certification.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in a biological science from an accredited institution.
  • Two (2) years of professional, progressively responsible experience in cytogenetics and/or molecular genetics, including chromosomal microarray and/or sequencing.
  • Prior leadership experience in a cytogenetics or molecular laboratory.

Special Necessary Qualification:
  • CG(ASCP) and/or MB(ASCP) certification.

Conditions of Employment: Willing and able to...
  • Lift/push/pull up to 50 lbs.
  • Work in an environment that may expose you to fumes, chemicals, liquid nitrogen, extreme cold, blood/body fluids, and infectious disease.
  • Frequently wash hands, as biohazardous materials may be present.
  • Sit and stand for long periods of time, frequently walk, and bend/stoop, as well as execute repetitive motions.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment when handling biological samples and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work with complex and sharp laboratory equipment, and various chemical and biological solutions.
  • Work within a high-level secured facility.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bioinformatics experience.
  • Experience with CAP guidelines related to microarray and sequencing.
  • Three (3) or more years of professional, progressively responsible experience in cytogenetics and/or molecular genetics, including chromosomal microarray and/or sequencing.
  • Experience with other molecular assays.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and the ability to use cytogenetic and molecular techniques, including: G-band analysis, DNA extraction, microarray processing, Next-Gen sequencing, data analysis, and assay result interpretation
  • Ability to use literature / database search capabilities in order to interpret results as related to clinical presentations.
  • Strong computer skills in relation to database, word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Understanding of HIPAA rules and CAP laboratory accreditation standards.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Active continual learner / teacher, who is also interested in new technologies.
  • Exceptional analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong commitment to quality, safety, process improvement and teamwork.
  • Effective balancing and prioritization of variable workloads and deliverables.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in a cytogenomics laboratory.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV. 3). List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Kathy Taylor at kathy.taylor@ucdenver.edu.

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20112 - SOM-Pathology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 5, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kathy Taylor

Posting Contact Email: kathy.taylor@ucdenver.edu

Position Number: 00001828


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