Accelerating the Implementation of Mass Spectrometry in the Clinical Lab

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DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST

Company:CLEVELAND CLINIC
Location:Cleveland, Ohio
Position:DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST

Description:

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Job Summary:
Works as a Developmental Specialist and supports the specialized developmental track job responsibility. Performs and interprets tests at all complexity levels. Demonstrates an understanding of the theory and scientific principles of laboratory testing as well as the technical, procedural and problem- solving aspects.

The person in this position will be responsible for developing and validating assays that will be transferred to the clinical laboratory environment. Candidates must have experience in all aspects of the operation of liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry instrumentation. Laboratory experience in preparing biological samples for analysis by mass spectrometry is expected.

Development Specialist must be self-motivated, highly organized, and able to work independently exercising strong problem-solving and decision-making skills. A successful candidate will have exceptional multi-tasking and communication skills that include experience with the preparation and presentation of results. A strong background in biochemistry, chemistry, and/or immunology, is essential for the understanding required to execute projects and troubleshoot experiments. Experience in the interpretation and application of bioinformatics tools for the analysis of mass spectral data is highly desirable.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Assists in the validation and verification of new assays under the direction of the Medical Director.
• Performs validation and verification analysis, collects and analyzes data and prepares for Medical Director review.
• Writes technical procedure, submits to Medical Director for review and the Laboratory Director for approval.
• Trains medical technologists in new testing procedures.
• Assists with implementation of newly developed clinical tests.
• Participates in the development and presentation of technical papers and posters.
• Follows the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analysis, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results.
• Performs laboratory testing in a compliant manner.
• Maintains regulatory knowledge and awareness as it pertains to specific job duties.
• Adheres to the laboratory's quality control policies.
• Documents all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed.
• Takes action regarding any quality control or quality assurance issues as it pertains to specific job duties.
• Maintains instruments and equipment in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
• Documents practices and maintains clear and legible records.
• Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or medical technology from a four-year college or university.

CERTIFICATIONS:
• MT(ASCP) or MLS (ASCP); or MT(ASCP) or MLS(ASCP) eligible preferred.
COMPLEXITY OF WORK:
• Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work unsupervised or with minimal supervision.
• Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
• Two years of experience in a clinical or related laboratory environment required.
• Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, experience with development, and experience with HPLC, Mass Spec, LC/MS, GCMS instrumentation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Manual dexterity in order to place electrodes precisely and to operate recording equipment.
• Ability to push and maneuver EEG machine weighing 320 pounds and Evoked Potential machine weighing 420 pounds.
• Requires corrected hearing and vision to normal range.
• Requires some exposure to communicable disease or body fluids.

To apply please visit: http://clevelandcliniccareers.org/DS

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