Job Summary :
The Technologist I - Pathology Genetics performs DNA / RNA diagnostic experiments that involve among others : Sanger Sequencing;
Fragment analyses on capillary electrophoresis i.e. for Fragile X syndrome, MLPA etc ; Real-time PCR; Microarray analyses Affymetrix, Illumina platforms or both .
Willingness to become involved in interpreting sequencing, fragment analyses, real-time PCR, microarray and NGS data after receiving proper training is highly desirable;
The Technologist I - Pathology Genetics assists in the validation of all equipment and processes within the laboratory, preparation of policies and procedures in accordance with CAP / ISO15189 and JCI, and training of staff in specific techniques as appropriate to the expertise and experience of the post-
holder. The Technologist I - Pathology Genetics performs a broad range of technical and analytical work with a high level of individual skill and judgment, under minimal supervision.
The incumbent is required to observe and maintain a high standard of laboratory health, safety and risk procedures; and works to departmental Standard Operating Procedures, and current professional standards.
The Technologist I Pathology Genetics is actively involved in the laboratory’s continuing professional development program, preparing and delivering presentations to a range of staff, attending internal and external lectures, and undertaking additional training courses as required.
The Technologist I - Pathology Genetics is part of a team of Biomedical Scientists / Technologists delivering high quality services in their specialty.
Key Roles & Responsibilities :
Actively participates in the technical and analytical work of the section
Liaises with Technologist II and Supervisor Pathology Genetics on appropriateness of tests, results and additional testing as required
Monitors, records and reports back results, participates in discussions to rectify areas of concern if necessary
Maintains co-operation between the sections and between disciplines by regular communication with other Technologist I grade and Senior staff
In liaison with the Technologist II and Supervisor Pathology Genetics, ensures adequate stocks of reagents and consumables are available for the efficient running of the service
In liaison with the Technologist II and the Supervisor Pathology Genetics, provides technical advice on, and assists in the selection / validation of new equipment
Takes responsibility for the maintenance and safe use of equipment within the section
Helps to ensure the provision of a high quality, cost-effective service with the emphasis on quality assurance in all aspects of the section supervised by monitoring and audit of internal quality control
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 achievement of and maintaining CAP and ISO15189 standards in the section
Ensures policies and procedures for the sections are adhered to
Participates in the training (theoretical and practical) of technical staff in methodologies, principles and procedures by way of tutorials, presentations and seminars
Participates in the implementation of new methodologies under the direction of the Technologist II and Supervisor Pathology Genetics
Determines acceptability of specimens and / or blood or blood components, performs laboratory tests and communicates critical results in accordance with laboratory policy for assigned section and / or obtains and records results for laboratory tests according to established procedures within established TAT as delegated by the Service Chief - Pathology
Recognizes normal, abnormal, critical test results. Differentiates and resolves instrument and / or unexpected test results
Understands and adheres to process improvement principles and processes, for example, following standard work and maintaining a robust inventory concept in work area realizing that all processes are driven by the needs of the customer
Initiates, performs, reviews and troubleshoots quality control of reagents and test systems
Responsible for maintaining all clinical competencies required in section and performs in accordance with laboratory policy to provide accurate test results, slides, photographs and / or documents
Operates and performs daily preventive maintenance of equipment according to written procedures and documents; reports equipment malfunctions and requests service as necessary
Communicates with physicians, nurses, or other requestors by telephone, computer or other method that ensure confidentiality
Respects, and relates well to people from varied backgrounds, diverse world views, and is sensitive to group differences
Participates in research and development as directed by the Technologist II and the Supervisor Pathology-Genetics
Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
Ensures that work is carried out in accordance with departmental policies.
Adheres to Sidra policy and infection control principles and standards to minimize patient risk and ensure high quality patient care
Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values
In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra during this pre-operational phase, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.
Essential Requirements :
Bachelor’s degree in Biological science, Medical Laboratory sciences, Medical Technology or other relevant program
2+ years’ relevant experience
Meet the requirement for licensure by Qatar Supreme Council of Health which includes a prometric exam
Licensed and / or certified by an accredited licensure body in the home country
Participation in Continual Professional Development / Education
Competent in broad range of technical processes in the general laboratory
Competent in several sections such as Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis and Blood Transfusion
Knowledge / understanding of ISO15189 / CPA / CAP / JCI standards and guidelines
Able to work as part of team, but also independently with minimal supervision
Required to participate in the 24 / 7 service provision of the laboratory, including weekends and holidays
Ability to work under pressure
Excellent communications skills both written and oral
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
Fluency in written and spoken English