Laboratory Supervisor - Molecular Diagnostic - COVID-19 Testing

**This is a full-time Laboratory Supervisor with our Molecular Diagnostic department and COVID-19 testing laboratory. The lab is open from Sunday - Saturday 4am-1:30am. The ideal candidate will be able to work within these hours, either on a 4/10 schedule or 5/8. How the shifts will work will be learned more in the interview process

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL) is a certified (by CAP and CLIA) and internationally recognized clinical diagnostic facility (located in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care (6565 MD Anderson Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030). It was established in 1990 and specializes in clinical molecular testing of tumor samples from various cancer types. Here, we provide a full roster of cutting-edge molecular testing for hematologic and solid organ tumors, which is very critical for management and treatment of these cancers. Our laboratory analyzes samples primarily from patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) as well as serves as a referral laboratory for other hospitals and clinics.

The mission of MDL is to provide clinical molecular biomarker testing that is best suited for cancer care at MD Anderson Cancer Center on 100% of clinically justified requests in time with 100% accuracy. In addition to supporting clinical care, MDL is also involved in clinical trials and education.

Our goal is to establish and maintain a leadership position in clinical molecular diagnostics by translating new scientific discoveries into clinical practice through a combination of technology, talent and teamwork. MDL has established the following goals in line with the MDACC mission:

MDL offers a wide variety of state-of-the-art clinical molecular assays for cancer diagnosis, treatment selection, prognostication and disease monitoring across all tumor types. While the initial test offering were focused on hematolymphoid malignancies, we have dramatically expanded the solid organ tumor testing in the recent years to support recent expansion in molecular test utilization in solid tumors. Taking advantage of automated, high through-put instrumentation, our lab is able to accommodate a large volume of highly complex tests and generate highest quality results with a rapid turn-around time to facilitate timely patient care decisions.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

Supervises assigned technologists and technicians.

- Ensures all personnel are trained.
- Ensures competency assessments are completed according to guidelines.
- Coaches and counsels and writes performance evaluations for assigned employees.
- May assist with staffing/scheduling.
-Performs evaluation of automated solutions for laboratory tests.
-Design, specify and implement instrument integration to streamline the automation --pipelines.
-Configure and program liquid handling instrument software as required.
-Operate, maintain and troubleshoot to facilitate automation workflow.
-Document and track changes in the automation methods.
-Provide support to enable automated generation and screening of genome-scale proteome-expression libraries.
-Design, perform and contribute to writing of automation standard operating procedures

Ensures laboratory meets quality and productivity standards.
- Ensures adequate quality control methods are implemented according to standard and addresses quality control issues.
- Is a subject matter expert.
- Ensures supplies and equipment are ordered and maintained to meet laboratory needs.
- Assists with data base testing and recommends modification to the database.
- Ensures productivity is sufficient to meet time constraints established for current procedures and processes.
- Continually explores process improvement and efficient operation opportunities.
- Perform clinical lab assays, tests, and procedures as appropriate.
- Coordinate new test/protocol development and oversee the development and maintenance of new policies and procedure documents within the CLIA validation station.

Ensures compliance with all regulatory and safety standards and enforces policies and procedures.
-Proficiency Testing is performed and submitted for all assays according to CAP guidelines.
-Procedure Manuals are up to date and available to testing personnel for all assays and procedures in the station.
-Testing personnel has been trained and deemed competent in all procedures.
-Reagents are properly labeled, stored, and QCd appropriately before placed in use.
-Supervisor signs off on all Quality Control and Equipment Maintenance logs, according to policies.

Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Molecular Genetic Technology or a related science field (Biology, Chemistry, Physiology). Five years of clinical laboratory experience to include two years of project management, lead or supervisory experience. One of the following: Certified Medical Technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry (BOR). Certified Clinical Laboratory Specialist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry (BOR). Certified Cytogenetics Technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry (BOR). Certified Histocompatability Technologist by the American Board of Histocompatability and Immunogenetics or other certification in a specialized field relevant to the laboratory assigned. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 135053
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Hard
  • Pivotal Position: Yes
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 68,800
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 86,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 103,200
  • Science Jobs: No