Medical Lab Tech/Specialist

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Position TypePermanent Staff (SHRA)Is this an internal only recruitment?NoPosition TitleMedical Lab Tech/Specialist - JourneyWorking TitleMedical Lab Tech/SpecialistPosition Number00054807Vacancy IDP010449Budgeted Hiring Range$51,899 - $60,548Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent70/GN10Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-LimitedFull-Time PermanentIf time-limited, estimated duration of appointmentHours per week40Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Occasional holidays, weekends and inclement weather.

Department Name and NumberPathology Lab Med - Nephropath-413803Date First Posted07/17/2019Closing Date08/01/2019Position LocationChapel Hill, NCPosition Posting CategoryResearch Professionals Position Summary Information

Department Description

The Division of Nephropathology is within the School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UNC-CH. The primary purposes of the Division of Nephropathology are to provide diagnostic evaluation of renal biopsy specimens, and to carry out research on the causes and natural history of native renal and renal transplant diseases including studies on mouse models. The diagnostic activities serve two roles: 1) to provide a diagnostic service to physicians and patients throughout the state and region, and 2) to obtain information and materials that are used for IRB-approved clinical and pathologic research on renal diseases.

The three coequal missions of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are to: 1) provide exceptional, comprehensive, clinically effective and cost effective pathology and laboratory medicine services to UNC HealthCare patients; 2) teach clinical and scientific concepts of pathology and laboratory medicine, and mechanisms of disease to a wide variety of learners, including medical students, postdoctoral residents, MD fellows, PhD graduate students, and undergraduate students; and 3) advance the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine, and the knowledge of diseases and disease mechanisms through innovative research spanning the spectrum from basic to translational to clinical.

The Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine performs anatomic and clinical diagnostic tests on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis, and performs autopsies, when requested by clinicians. The Department has a MD Residency Training Program in the Office of Graduate Medical Education. In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department is responsible for the teaching of undergraduate level courses. In the Graduate School, the department has a graduate program in experimental pathology which offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

This department is devoted to research in many diverse areas of expertise. Many of the research initiatives are nationally and internationally known, and the Chair is dedicated to further expansion of the breadth of the research endeavors. Most research is wholly managed and funded by contracts and grants within the Department.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description

The technologist will have the primary purpose of performing diagnostic laboratory procedures on tissue specimens obtained from patients with renal disease (light microscopy, immunofluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy). She/he will also participate in various experimental studies including work on rodent models or other laboratory animals. These latter duties require solid knowledge of molecular techniques and immunology. In the diagnostic laboratory arena the technologist is responsible for processing, embedding, sectioning, staining and storage/retrieval of samples submitted for diagnostic testing, mainly microscopy. The technologist will establish staining protocols. Job duties include cross-training in all histological techniques used by the laboratory including, but not limited to, light, electron and immunofluorescence microscopy techniques and immunohistological methodologies. The technologist assists with other duties, such as, general laboratory maintenance, according to UNC-CH, SOM, OSHA, and other regulatory bodies, maintaining logs and laboratory operating manuals, ordering supplies and appropriately managing laboratory waste.

The technologist will participate in training activities and serve as a technical resource for residents/fellows, graduate students, new staff and other scientists seeking knowledge of histologic procedures. Work will additionally require participation in evaluating new methods, kits, procedures and equipment as well as quality assessment activities such as monitoring equipment, quality control and proficiency testing. This will include quality improvement activities and health and safety oversight for laboratory microscopy services. These responsibilities require a high degree of technical and organizational ability, and a solid educational background in biological sciences. Work is supervised by higher level medical laboratory personnel and the director of the division.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in medical technology, chemistry, or a biological science; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Some positions may require compliance with current Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Solid hands-on knowledge of general laboratory procedures and molecular techniques, including the extraction of nucleotides and PCR assays. Experience in a laboratory environment, that is experience with developing protocols and studies independently (including studies with mice). Experience with microtomy, pipetting, microscopy, basic statistical analysis, computer applications (Excel, office word, Adobe), preparation of specimens for microscopic procedures including light, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry and some electron microscopy. Able to work independently and collaboratively with other lab technical personnel, fellows and faculty. Have attention to detail and be able to maintain laboratory equipment logs, supplies, specimen records, records of quality assurance, laboratory SOPs and follow patient record confidentiality. Must be comfortable training students and technicians on laboratory techniques and safety processes. Must be comfortable performing rodent studies.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduation from a four-year university with a graduate/PhD degree in biological or clinical laboratory science with two or more years’ experience in a research laboratory; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional Training/Experience: Two or more years’ experience with laboratory and histology techniques (including immunohistochemistry), equipment and terminology in general area of immunology and microscopy is required. Solid experience in a research environment with hands-on experience in molecular and cell biology is strongly preferred. Certification as an HTL or HT is preferred but not required.

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical and Mental RequirementsPosition/Schedule RequirementsAnimal Handler (non-DLAM), Carcinogen handlers (Labworkers), Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Overtime occasionallyPosition AttributesTHIS IS A SEVERE WEATHER ESSENTIAL POSITION.Stimulus/ARRA FundedNoQuick Link Contact Information

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If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
    Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Medical Laboratory Technologist position.
      • Bachelor's, Master's, and/or Doctorate with a degree in medical technology, chemistry, or a biological science
      • Associate's with a degree in medical technology, chemistry, or a biological science and at least 2 years of related experience
      • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and/or Doctorate in any field and at least 4 years of related experience
      • Combination of post-high school education and experience to equal at least 4 years of experience in medical technology, chemistry, or a biological science. (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 3 years of experience)
      • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and experience to equal at least 8 years of related experience (ex. 3 years of high school and 5 years of experience)
      • None of the above
    2. * Do you have the ability to work with mice?
      • Yes
      • No
    3. * Briefly describe your animal handling experience.

      (Open Ended Question)

    4. * This position is essential to ensure continued, uninterrupted University operations, during periods of adverse weather and/or emergency situations, and the employee will be required to work during days that the University will otherwise be closed, will you be able to work this schedule?
      • Yes
      • No
    5. * List molecular techniques that you have performed in the past.

      (Open Ended Question)

    6. * Describe your knowledge of histology and histological techniques.

      (Open Ended Question)

    7. * Describe your experience developing research study protocols.

      (Open Ended Question)




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    Posted: 7/19/2019
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