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Laboratory Coordinator

Pathology and Cell Biology

Laboratory Coordinator

  • 531445
  • Medical Center
  • Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Nov 30 2022
  • Grade 103
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $75,000 to $103,000

Position Summary

The CUIMC Personalized Genomic Medicine has a position opening for a dynamic individual with significant understanding of molecular biology/technology who is able to work in a fast-paced high-volume environment. The individual will perform complex laboratory procedures in order to analyze clinical samples; this will require extensive, accurate, and efficient hands-on work. The Laboratory Coordinator will be operating, maintaining and troubleshooting complex instrumentation. Attention to detail, strict adherence to protocols, maintenance of extensive and accurate documentation is expected. Duties will include:

1. Perform nucleic acid extraction, amplification, sequencing, Southern Blotting, RT-PCR and other technical tasks as needed. Compile, analyze and document procedures performed.
2. Operate, maintain, calibrate, and troubleshoot complex equipment. Follow-up and troubleshoot un-expected data, investigate non-conformities and notify supervisor/manager of instrument malfunctions or unexpected data.
3. Interact with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals on issues related to testing performed by the laboratory.
4. Maintain accurate and extensive documentation in accordance with internal and external regulatory agencies.
5. Sample receiving, processing, data entry.
6. Maintain inventory, request orders as needed and verify receipt and storage.
7. Develop or assist in the development and validation of clinical assays and generate the corresponding documentation of recommendations and findings.
8. Provide technical guidance and instruction to students, and new personnel, as assigned.
9. Attend continuing education, safety and compliance training as necessary.
10. Maintain continuous and accurate communication with supervisor/manager on all pending and current issues.



  • Perform technical assays (70%)
  • Validating new assays (10%)
  • Troubleshooting technical problems (10%)
  • Quality Assurance, management, and improvement (5%)
  • Other Administrative/technical tasks as assigned (5%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus two years of related experience.
  • Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education in molecular biology, molecular microbiology or similar fields.
  • The candidate must be licensed or licensed eligible to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist/Technician according to New York State licensure requirements. Continued employment will require obtaining a limited permit or license within 3 months.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in morphological identification tumor, light microscopy, histology and microdissection is preferred.
  • Related experience in a clinical laboratory, or in a laboratory with a molecular or genomics focus is preferred.
  • Should be able to attend out-of-lab discussions and presentations, and must work well in a group environment
  • Requires strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Should be able to perform efficiently in a fast-paced environment and meet strict deadlines.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and similar software programs.
  • Experience with Southern Blotting, RT-PCR, microarray analysis and DNA sequencing and analysis.
  • Master's degree in biology/ related field or a bachelor's degree in biology/ related field plus 4 years of related experience.

Other Requirements

  • The candidate must be Licensed or License eligible to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist/Technician according to New York State licensure requirements. Continued employment will require obtaining a limited permit or a license within 3 months. 
  • Weekend hours may occasionally be necessary.

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