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SIDRA4846 - FUTURE VACANCY - Laboratory Clinical Scientist II

Department: Pathology Div
Division: Pathology Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 30-May-2019
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine 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 Medicine 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

DEPARTMENT/BRANCH PROFILE: The Department of Pathology is a professional service that provides a full range of diagnostic testing, and interpretation, and serves additional functions including academic training and teaching. The hospital -based laboratory will provide diagnostic testing in Blood Sciences that includes Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation and Blood Transfusion; Microbiology and Immunology that includes Molecular Pathology; Anatomical Pathology that includes Cytopathology and Histology; Pathology Genetics; together with Wireless Point of Care testing (POCT) and 24/7 Phlebotomy services. The Department of Pathology will be CAP and ISO 15189 accredited as well as JCI. The Department is supported by the Cerner Millennium PathNET LIS as part of an enterprise wide CIS and will incorporate ward-based electronic testing, wireless and RFID technologies in POC and Phlebotomy, as well as digital pathology.
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:

Education:

  • Postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) in genetics or other relevant program plus FRCPath part 1 (or equivalent e.g. American Board certification in genomics))

Experience:

  • 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.

  • Experience in data analysis and interpreting findings, and preparing reports with clinical interpretation.

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.)

  • Licensed and/or certified by an accredited licensure body in home country.

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

  • 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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