General Duty Technologist – Medical Genetics

Company

Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital, part of Sinai Health, is an academic health science centre, affiliated with the University of Toronto.We see patients from across the province and the entire country, who come to our hospital to access specialized and inclusive care focused on patients’ humanity.Our clinical areas of focus include women’s and infants’ health, emergency medicine, cancer, complex orthopaedics, palliative care, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, geriatrics, and arthritis and autoimmune disease. Our care is supported by fundamental research done at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, a leading biomedical research centre, ranking amongst the top biomedical research institutes in the world and the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation’s research in health systems, population health services and solutions, and systems biology. Many of the breakthroughs that began as fundamental research have resulted in new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat health conditions.Mount Sinai has been designated with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada, and is the only hospital in Canada to receive Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence and patient care. We are also proud to be recognized as a top employer in Canada and we strive to offer meaningful people-focused, culture-centred programs.In 2015, Mount Sinai amalgamated with Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital, and together with the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and our system partner Circle of Care, formed Sinai Health. Learn more about Sinai Health.

Location

600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 1X5

Duties

This is a temporary Full-time assignment for approximately 12 months.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Performs Medical Genetic procedures as outlined in the laboratory procedures manual to aid in diagnosis and
management of patients.
Rotates through the laboratory, becoming thoroughly familiar with theory and performance of all procedures and
techniques relating to each bench area
Comprehensive working knowledge of the theory, methodologies and procedures in Medical Genetics to perform analytical testing with accuracy and precision; must demonstrate competency and accountability in decisions and actions.
Identifies and accurately reports cytogenetic findings using the International System for Human Cytogenetic
Nomenclature
Ensures the accuracy, legibility and completeness of results submitted for reporting where applicable.
Performs basic troubleshooting of test results, stains, instruments and observes and reports poor results or malfunctions of any equipment to designated technical staff.
Performs all quality control procedures and basic troubleshooting whenever results are beyond expected or allowable limits according to established protocol.
Reports unresolved problems to the senior technical or supervisory staff.
Seeks decision to post-pone in-house testing when immediate repairs are not feasible.
Accessions and processes specimens in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Prioritizes work and responds to urgent or unpredicted demands for specimen processing or testing
Reads and maintains understanding of relevant policy and procedure manuals
Prepare reagents, buffers, calibrators, quality control and other materials as required. Assists in Inventory Control of
reagents and supplies
Reports critical or relevant abnormal results and documents according to the established protocols
Rotates through relevant areas of the laboratory, acquires familiarity relating to each bench area
Assists in the maintenance of the work station. Maintains a clean and tidy work area
Performs the required daily and weekly routine preventative maintenance on equipment, according to the established
protocol, and documents these results
Performs test/procedures related to method evaluation, test optimization and validation
May work unsupervised during off hour shifts, subject to evaluation of knowledge and competency
Uses supplies judiciously to eliminate wastage, monitors inventory and orders supplies
Reports workload units not captured electronically
Observes and follows the processes, polices and procedures of the quality management system of corresponding
discipline(s)
Performs tests on materials from internal and external quality assurance programs; participates in reviewing quality
control
Assists in orientating and demonstrating procedures or technology to new staff or students as requested
Follows Universal Body Precautions in handling all specimens received in the laboratory
Operates, troubleshoots and routine maintenance of laboratory equipment and reports any malfunctions to Senior or Charge technologist promptly
Exhibits ability to prioritize work and respond to urgent unpredictable demands in STAT results
Notifies/consults with the Charge technologist or Section Head with abnormal results or other unusual findings
immediately
Assists in demonstrating procedures to new staff, students and fellows
Knowledgeable of Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (W.H.M.I.S.) and accessibility of Material
Safety Data Sheets (M.S.D.S.)
Participates in annual Safety programs (W.H.M.I.S., Fire Prevention)
Participates in Continuing Education programs to enhance personal
Exhibits a co-operative attitude with other staff, congeniality, flexibility in hours of work, reliability, punctuality, ability to work at a variety of duties and flexibility in learning new procedures
Perform procedures related to analytical testing or processing of patient samples according to established policies and procedures, while ensuring accuracy and precision. Performs advanced and special testing under guidance.
Responsible for all diagnostic results and sample processing performed by self
Performs the following techniques as applicable to the testing being performed and interprets results with an
understanding of the disease being analyzed:
- DNA extraction from fresh or frozen blood, fresh, frozen or paraffin-embedded tissue
- RNA extraction from fresh or frozen blood, fresh or frozen tissue
- Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
- Reverse transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
- Quantitative fluorescent polymerase chain reaction (QF-PCR)
techniques and analysis
- Gel electrophoresis and analysis
DNA sequencing and analysis
- Microsatellite Instability Testing (MSI) techniques and analysis
- Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) techniques
and analysis
- aCGH techniques and analysis
- G-banding
- Special stains, FISH and other procedures as required
- microscopic (bright field & fluorescent) analysis of chromosome
preparations
- digital imaging and computer automated karyotyping of chromosome preparations

Requirements

C.S.M.L.S. certified MLT in Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics
Technology (Dual License) and a member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO)
Candidates eligible to write the February 2020 Clinical Genetics CSMLS exam may be considered
Experience in Medical Genetics preferred
Follows the CMLTO code of professional conduct
Follows the Code of Professional Conduct of the C.S.M.L.S.
Demonstrated problem recognition and problem solving skills
Demonstrated organizational, time management and prioritization skills
Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively in a team environment
Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance record
In accordance with accreditation standards, employment is conditional upon demonstrating proof of visual colour
discrimination ability pertinent to the essential duties of the job.

Start Date

2022-07-11

Hours

37.5 hours per week; rotating shifts (days, evenings, nights, weekend) per operational needs

Salary

As per OPSEU Collective Agreement

Comments

This is a temporary Full-time assignment for approximately 12 months.

Contact

Name

Delanie Kalogiros

Display Name

Delanie Kalogiros

Title

Manager, Strategic Talent Acqusiition

Address

522 University Avenue, Suite 1200

Telephone

416-586-4800

Email

delanie.kalogiros@sinaihealth.ca

Other Email

delanie.kalogiros@sinaihealth.ca

Job Posting Link

Mount Sinai Hospitalwebsite

Display Date

2022-05-31

Expiry Date

2022-06-14