Cytogenetic Technologist

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine, Department of Pathology
Job Title: Health Care Professional-Cytogenetic Technologist
Position #00002272 – Requisition #19871

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Pathology has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Cytogenetic Technologist position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here. 

Nature of Work
This position performs highly complex diagnostic cytogenomic testing utilizing standard and high resolution chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) studies, and/or chromosomal microarray analysis.  Specimen processing includes samples for prenatal diagnosis, postnatal constitutional investigations, and cancer diagnosis and treatment follow-up.  Additional duties include participation in laboratory quality control, assurance and improvement, and development and implementation of new tests as the field of cytogenomics continues to progress.  

This position must adhere to established operating procedures, policies, and guidelines, and is thus responsible for contributing to an environment conducive to effective, accurate and efficient mission and value driven operations.  

Professional Field

Supervision Received
Reports directly to the Section Supervisor(s) 

Supervision Exercised

Examples of Work Performed
1.    Sample processing and preparation for analysis
Initiates, maintains cultures, and harvests cells for chromosome analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) studies, and/or extracts and purifies DNA for array analysis; prepares and stains slides for chromosome analysis, probes slides for FISH analysis, and/or processes DNA for array analysis; participates in quality control and quality assurance protocols. 
2.    Case analysis, summary and standardized interpretations
Performs chromosome analysis, FISH scoring, and/or array analysis (oligo- and SNP-based); prepares digitized images of karyotypes or FISH preparations using a computerized imaging system; summarizes case analysis correlating chromosome, FISH, and array results; prepares standardized interpretations for case reviewers and laboratory directors; and participates in proficiency testing as required by regulatory agencies such as CAP.

3.    Other project(s)
Under the direction of a Director, Manager, or Supervisor, this position participates in other lab-wide or section specific continual improvement initiatives or test development and implementation.

4.    Participation in orientation, training, and continuing education
Participates in the orientation and training of new employees, genetics students, residents, and other health care professionals in cytogenetic, FISH, and/or array processing and analysis; actively contributes to the continued advancement of lab-wide teaching / training capabilities; identifies and assists when additional training of employees is needed; participates in applicable laboratory and community educational opportunities and conferences to stay abreast of developments in the field and  maintain current professional certification.

5.    Wet lab maintenance and inventory control
Participates in reagent preparation, equipment cleaning and preventive maintenance, supply and reagent inventory control; monitors QC parameters on lab equipment; adheres to Laboratory Safety guidelines at all times through proper handling of infectious materials and hazardous chemicals and wearing proper laboratory attire and personal protective equipment.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $ $51,175 - $65,074

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.  
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Diversity and Equity:
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected] 

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.

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. 

QualificationsMinimum Requirements

  • BS/BA in a biological science
  • 1 year of relevant experience
  • ASCP certification or eligible for certification as a Technologist in Cytogenetics (CG)
Preferred Qualifications

  • Tissue culture experience
  • Experience processing and analyzing specimens for cancer cytogenetic and/or FISH studies
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Understands proper handling of infectious materials and hazardous chemicals
  • Understanding of cytogenetic, FISH, and/or array technologies
  • Commitment to quality, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Analytical individual with team-based problem solving skills
  • Ability to organize, manage and meet diverse workloads and deadlines
  • Communicates effectively with peers, supervisor, faculty and other personnel
  • Self-motivated learner and teacher 
  • Computer skills in database, word processing, spreadsheet software 
  • Team oriented, adaptable and demonstrates sound judgment in a changing environment
  • Asks for assistance and guidance when appropriate
  • Maintains an understanding of HIPAA rules/regulations and CAP laboratory accreditation standards
  • Basic use and maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Familiarity with medical terminology in a laboratory setting
Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

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

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jan 8, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 1/10/2021
Application Due: 1/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time