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Technologist II - PCR

  • Job reference: BBBH4104
  • Location: Qatar
  • Salary: Attractive Package
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Job type: Permanent

Our client is an ultramodern, all-digital academic medical centre specialising in the provision of care for women and children. Based in Qatar, our client will focus on world-class patient care, medical education and biomedical research.

We are recruiting for a Technologist II - PCR

Job Summary:

The Technologist II - PCR assists in the commissioning of the relevant sections. This involves the commissioning of equipment, IT systems, recruitment, on-boarding and training of staff, preparing policies and procedures in accordance with CAP-ISO15189 and JCI. The incumbent performs pre-batching, pooling, and processing of human donor samples for PCR testing in accordance with established Standard Operating Procedures. The incumbent is part of a team of Biomedical Scientists/Technologists delivering high quality services in their specialty and has operational oversight of a team within the department.

Key Role Accountabilities:

  • Actively supervises other staffs within their section to ensure an efficient throughput of work as directed by the Supervisor.
  • Assists the Division Chief - Pathology Sciences in the implementation of management decisions affecting the sections, as documented above.
  • Maintains co-operation between the section and between disciplines by regular liaison with other section leads and senior staff. This includes attendance at staff meetings.
  • Leads by good example in order to motivate staff to create high quality work, interest and contribution.
  • Actively participates in the technical work of the section.
  • In liaison with the Division Chief - Pathology Sciences ensures adequate stocks of reagents and consumables are available for the efficient running of the service.
  • Uses LIS to generate workload statistics and run queries.
  • In liaison with Division Chief - Pathology Sciences, provides technical advice on, and assists in the selection of new equipment.
  • Performs all aspects of PCR pre-batching, pooling, processing, test result entry, equipment maintenance and sample management functions to ensure accuracy and appropriate product pooling is performed, completed, and reported in a timely manner.
  • Performs routine and non-routine analyses of DNA according to established testing methods and protocols in a high throughput environment.
  • Monitors and advises on the use of reagents and consumables in the section.
  • Takes responsibility for the maintenance and safe use of equipment within the section.
  • Reviews batching and pooling documents, quality control, and other reports for accuracy, completeness and compliance to requirements to ensure that quality standards are met.
  • Participates in operational excellence initiatives and projects to drive a culture of continuous improvement to achieve operational excellence.
  • Facilitates improvements to processes and methodologies where appropriate.
  • Assists in organization and scheduling of analytical activities to ensure service requests are accurately run within the allotted time and testing priorities are met.
  • Communicates with Lab Coordinator and stakeholders regarding identified laboratory processes or quality issues.
  • Utilizes laboratory data handling systems to document, communicate and archive results.
  • Monitors quality of critical testing equipment, performing calibrations, verifications and maintenance of systems as necessary.
  • Documents out-of-tolerance occurrences and takes corrective actions as per the laboratories quality management systems.
  • Networks with other technical experts to leverage problem solving and prevention expertise and where appropriate share technology.
  • Contributes to value creation by continuous improvement of procedures in the analytical work processes and related tools and performance metrics.
  • Ensures the integrity of analytical data and timely/accurate interpretation of results, updating the company databases.
  • Ensures work is performed to the highest standards of safety and quality and the working environment is clean and tidy.
  • Proactively develops and expand knowledge and experience of other analytical techniques.

Essential Requirements:

  • Relevant education in Medical Microbiology, Molecular Biology field
  • Experience working in diagnostic Microbiology service, and skilled in molecular technology (PCR, liquid handlers, automatic pipettes, plate readers)
  • Relevant experience working within a North American Academic Institution or equivalent in UK, Republic of Ireland, EU States, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
  • Experience in LIS operations
  • Applicants are required to hold American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or Fellowship of Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS) or equivalent memberships
  • Knowledge of ISO 15189/CPA/CAP/JCI standards and guidelines
  • Experience in training and developing junior staff and team management
  • Demonstrated ability in conducting meetings and making presentations

Benefits- Highly competitive package including a Tax free salary + benefits. Full details of the package will be discussed directly.

Please note the targeted start date for the position is dependent on the current timeline for the project. Likewise, the processing of licensing (if applicable)/ visas etc. also need to be considered.

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