JOB SUMMARY :
The Laboratory Clinical Scientist II is responsible, as part of team, for the delivery of a high quality evidence-based genetics service.
The Laboratory Clinical Scientist II reviews referrals, consults with senior clinical scientists regarding appropriate tests, and has input into diagnostic testing and approaches.
Experience is essential in inherited disease and cancer genomics, with a focus on next-generation sequencing platforms / software and those approaches considered appropriate for molecular / cytogenetic assays.
Experience in management and molecular analyses in a clinical setting (pre and post-natal) are considered essential, together with reporting using data from next-
generation sequencing (panel / exome / genome), PCR-based testing, and advanced molecular testing approaches. Participation in interdisciplinary meetings and inherited / acquired disease conferences will be required.
KEY ROLE ACCOUNTABILITIES :
Actively participates in the analytical work of the section, including analyzing and checking complex results and the preparation of a wide range of clinical reports.
Contributes to the preparation of policies and procedures for the Laboratory.
Oversees the day-to-day operations of a designated area and ensures the quality of results.
Implements new methodologies as directed by the Division Chief Pathology Genetics.
Delivers the following :
Undertakes and supervises the receipt, processing and analysis of samples; and the checking, interpretation and reporting of results (both standard and complex).
Accesses relevant sources of information to aid in the interpretation of patient results, including critical appraisal of the information.
Collates patient and clinical information to assist and support future patient management.
Interprets results with advice on further action for patient or family members, including calculation of risk where appropriate, within relevant professional guidelines.
Oversees appropriate complex analytical procedures, as required, and drives the implementation of processes to enhance those procedures.
Undertakes extended periods of analysis to identify genomic variation through the analysis of large data sets.
Independently checks and validates the analysis findings of clinical scientists, and genetic technologists, as appropriate, authorizing repeat analyses or subsequent investigations in accordance with laboratory protocols.
Identifies unusual results and brings them to the attention of senior scientists for further discussion.
Oversees and Interprets findings from the range of investigations undertaken on a patient. Undertakes detailed literature review and interrogation of databases to investigate the clinical significance of detected genomic variation.
Prepares reports with clinical interpretation for final authorization.
Acts in an advisory capacity to clinical colleagues on the submission of samples, appropriate tests and in the interpretation of results in designated areas of the service, in consultation with the relevant Supervisors.
Nurtures specialization and clinical contacts to support the senior management team of the Pathology Genetics Division.
Supplies a high level of scientific skill and expertise in the investigative procedures involved and take a high level of responsibility for his / her own work.
Be adaptable to changing diagnostic workload pressures, by making independent day-to-day decisions about own workload (e.
g. prioritizing own diagnostic cases or deciding when to undertake additional investigations). The post holder must communicate with, and when necessary obtain help / advice from, appropriate senior staff.
Provides an oversight supervisory function to clinical scientists in the Pathology Genetics Division and mentors their career development.
Maintains up to date specialist level knowledge of current scientific literature and information (egg Professional Best Practice) for defined services in order to ensure that the designated services are of high quality
Maintains proficiency in the use of complex software for the analysis of genomic samples.
Maintains proficiency in the navigation, interrogation and application of all relevant and up to date genome browsers / information databases to assess the significance of copy number variants and / or identified mutations and maintains up to date knowledge of scientific and clinical advances in the field.
Helps to ensure the provision of a high quality, cost-effective service with the emphasis on quality assurance by monitoring and the audit of internal quality controls.
Uses LIS to generate workload statistics and run queries. Assesses quality of data according to defined criteria.
Participates in the external quality assurance schemes that the department subscribes to.
Carries out corrective action as advised when the quality control procedures fail.
Assists in ensuring the achievement of, and maintaining, CAP / ISO15189 standards in the Pathology Genetics Division.
Ensures policies and procedures for the sections are adhered to.
Participates in the training (theoretical and practical) of clinical scientists in methodologies, principles and procedures by way of tutorials, presentations and seminars.
Devises and oversees the research and the development of new laboratory tests in collaboration with Technologists and senior staff.
Participates in Continuous Professional Development / Education, corporate and laboratory accreditation programs, and laboratory quality management programs.
Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values
In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS SELECTION CRITERIA :
10+ years’ relevant clinical scientist experience in a North American Academic Institution or equivalent in the UK, Republic of Ireland, EU States, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand working with a wide range of human genetic analysis techniques.
Experience in evaluating and commissioning new technologies / tests.
Certification and Licensure
State registered Clinical or Biomedical Scientist (UK or equivalent .
Prometrics exam in country of origin.
Meets the requirement for licensure as Clinical Scientist by the Qatar Council of Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP.)
Job Specific Skills and Abilities :
Broad knowledge covering a range of molecular genetic techniques. Documented proof of competency will be required.
Knowledge / understanding of ISO15189 / CPA / CAP / JCI standards and guidelines
Demonstrated experience in making presentations
Proven ability to work as part of team, but also independently with minimal supervision
Proven ability to work under pressure
Excellent communications skills both written and oral
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite