The laboratory scientist is a member of the Laboratory Operations team responsible for performing routine and specialised methods such as nucleic acid extractions, PCR, Sequencing and Genotyping. The Genuity Science laboratory is a high throughput, CAP accredited and LIMS-controlled production environment.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform and supervise a variety of laboratory workflows using both routine and specialised techniques and methods in some of the following areas:
  • DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, qPCR, microarray platforms for genotyping and methylation analysis and next generation sequencing technologies.
  • Comply with all applicable clinical laboratory standards, protocols, and requirements.
  • Manage daily workload through the laboratory information system.
  • Review of QC Data as part of day-to-day operations, procedures and specifications.
  • Identify deviations from QC methods and implement method improvements.
  • Maintain records to demonstrate proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
  • Adhere to the laboratory’s quality control policies such as:
  • document all quality control activities, develop and author documentation for new and current procedures, record instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed.
  • Participates in laboratory cross training programmes.
  • Ensure adequate stock control of reagents and consumables within the laboratory.
  • Follow the laboratory’s established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory’s established levels of performance.
  • Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.
  • Identify safety measures within the laboratory and comply with all safety and infection control standards.
  • Completion of all required records associated with quality system compliance in a timely manner.
  • Participation in and where requested, performance of audits.
  • Attendance at meetings, as requested by laboratory management.
  • Ensuring the use of Q-Pulse, where required, during daily operations.
  • Maintaining the confidentiality of corporate and laboratory data and information.
  • Have an understanding of data privacy regulations and their importance to laboratory generated data.
  • Adherence with human resources policies and procedures and participation in staff review programmes within the organisation.
  • Compliance with the requirements of CAP, ISO17025 and applicable INAB mandatory documentation.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • BSc/MSc degree in Biological Science or equivalent.
  • Relevant experience (>3 years) in Molecular Biology and/or Genetics laboratories working in clinical, industrial or academic environments.
  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems (QMS) desirable.

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