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SIDRA3736 - Technologist I - PCR

Department: Pathology Div
Division: Pathology Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 12-Oct-2017
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medical and Research Center is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards.  Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is:  “Sidra Medical and Research Center will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class:     Patient and Family Centered Care      Health Education        Biomedical Discovery

Sidra works closely with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Hamad Medical Corporation across  all three activities to raise the standard of health and health care throughout the State of Qatar.

Department Profile:

The department of Pathology is a professional service that provides a full range of diagnostic testing and interpretations and serves additional functions including academic training and teaching.  The hospital-based laboratory will provide diagnostic testing in Anatomical Pathology including cytopathology, histology and surgical pathology.  Blood Sciences that include Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation and Blood Transfusion. Microbiology and Virology that also includes bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, virology, serology and molecular pathology.  HLA and Cytogenetics, Point of care testing (POCT) and a 24/7 Phlebotomy services. 

The department of pathology will be College of American Pathologists and ISO 15189 accredited as well as Joint Commission International.  The department is supported by Cerner Millennium as part of an enterprise wide CIS and will incorporate ward-based electronic testing, wireless and RFID technologies in Phlebotomy, as well as digital pathology.

Job Summary:

Working with the Laboratory supervisor and the Technologist II, the Technologist I – Pathology Sciences (Molecular Infectious Diseases Laboratory) 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 as appropriate to the expertise and experience of the post-holder. In a fully operational laboratory , the Technologist I - Pathology Sciences performs a broad range of technical and analytical work with a high level of individual skill and judgment, under minimal supervision. The post holder 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 is actively involved in the laboratories 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 Sciences is part of a team of Biomedical Scientists/Technologists delivering high quality services in their specialty.  The Technologist I - Pathology Sciences will be required to work and rotate on 24 hours shifts and weekends. 

Key Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Performs a wide range of standard and complex technical roles within the section,  involving a variety of molecular tests on different platforms
  • Interprets results obtained from above and prepares test reports for checking and verification by senior staff
  • Liaises with Technologist II and Laboratory Supervisor on appropriateness of tests, results and additional testing as required
  • Monitors, records and reports back results, participating in discussion to rectify areas of concern if necessary
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the laboratory including work surfaces, biosafety hoods and equipment according to the standard operating procedures
  • Maintains storage of clinical specimens, nucleic acid extracts and reference and control materials
  • Maintains co-operation between the sections and between disciplines by regular communication with other Technologists and senior staff
  • Responsible for ensuring adequate stocks of reagents and consumables are available for the efficient running of the service
  • In liaison with the Technologist II and the Laboratory Supervisor, 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
  • Actively involved in the external quality assurance schemes that the department subscribes to
  • Uses Laboratory Information System for specimen login, record assay specific parameters, stock records, generate test reports, generate workload statistics and run queries.  Assess quality of data according to defined criteria
  • 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 Laboratory Supervisor
  • Participates in research and development as directed by the Technologist II and the Laboratory Supervisor
  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies

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 in a diagnostic molecular laboratory
  • Experience/understanding of LIS operations
  • Experience in validation of new equipment and services
  • Professional License in the country of origin
  • Competent in broad range of molecular techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge / understanding of ISO15189/CPA/CAP/ JCI standards and guidelines
  • Able to work as part of team, but also independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent communications skills both written and oral
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Meet the requirement for licensure by the Qatari’s Supreme Council of Health which includes a prometric exam
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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