Clinical Histocompatibility Scientist ($5K Sign-on Bonus)

  • Honolulu, HI, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

VRL Eurofins has a national reputation for its expertise in providing comprehensive laboratory services to meet the unique testing needs of the transplant community.  It is committed to servicing the transplant community with regional high complexity testing labs in numerous states throughout the U.S.  Each lab is focused and equipped to perform donor eligibility testing for both STAT and routine testing, utilizing state of the art technology with FDA licensed test kits and reagents.  All of our laboratories are staffed with a dedicated and professional team of laboratory technologists and support staff. 

Eurofins VRL Inc. is searching for a Clinical Histocompatibility Scientist (levels I, II, or III) to work in Honolulu, HI.  The Clinical Histocompatibility Scientist (CHS) performs laboratory testing, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, calibration of equipment, quality control procedures and is responsible for the validity of test results.

Job Description

Clinical Histocompatibility Scientist responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

Level I - Minimum

  • Perform laboratory assays in accordance with VRL Eurofins standard operating procedures
  • Operate, calibrate and maintain all laboratory equipment and instruments according to standard operating procedures to ensure quality results
  • Maintain adequate inventory of supplies, reagents and materials
  • Accept or reject test results in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Document remedial action, troubleshooting, quality assurance activities and instrument maintenance
  • Adhere to established processing timelines
  • Adhere to all quality and safety standards
  • Other duties as assigned by management

Specific to HLA, in addition to the above:

  • Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing using serology and molecular methods
  • Perform Cytotoxic Crossmatching,
  • Flow Cytomerty Crossmatching
  • Antibody screening
  • Antibody Specificity Analysis
  • Spleen and Lymph Node Isolation
  • Able to select the proper specimen for the procedure given
  • Able to distinguish normal from abnormal results
  • Utilize data to evaluate accuracy of results
  • Apply problem-solving techniques to identify and correct procedural errors, identify instrument malfunction and institute appropriate corrective measures under supervision
  • Follow laboratory procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting, and maintaining accurate and complete records
  • Participate in rotational On-Call duties during weekends and holidays
  • Promptly and courteously answer the phone and assist clients and coordinators with their inquiries

 

Level II – Fully meets the responsibilities of Level I plus the following:

  • General knowledge of Standard Operating Procedure writing, assay theory, and instrumentation
  • Orient, mentor and teach clinical laboratory methods, procedures and techniques to new Associates
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork skills by knowledge sharing
  • Take on formally assigned additional duties as a part of routine job performance
  • Participate on special project teams as requested by supervisory staff

Specific to HLA, in addition to the above

  • Maintain and update all DNA worksheets
  • Compose QC reports for all new kits and reagents
  • Prepare and maintain all Flow Crossmatch reagents
  • Maintain and perform parallel testing for Flow Cytometers and Luminex Instruments
  • Compile and maintain archived Deceased Donor samples

 

Level III – Fully meets the responsibilities of Level II plus the following:

  • Obtain advanced knowledge of VRL-Eurofins standard operating procedures, assays, and instrumentation
  • Participate in troubleshooting activities in conjunction with Technical Supervisor
  • Volunteer to serve on various committees and panels to the benefit of the laboratory or company in general (e.g. Safety Committee)

Specific to HLA, in addition to the above

  • Verify HLA typing in the UNet Waitlist of newly listed patients
  • Generate and distribute updated waitlists on a weekly basis
  • Manage annual Equipment Maintenance Schedule, and verify the calibration of all equipment is completed in a timely manner
  • Verify the QC results of all reagents in the lab and ensure it is completed in a timely manner
  • Ensures that specimens are received and processed in a timely manner
  • Perform Turn Around Time for all tests in the lab
  • Check HLA typing, Living Crossmatch and Deceased Donor Crossmatch results to ensure accurate reporting
  • Compile and coordinate all internal and external Proficiency Testing results
  • Manage the CHS Trainee Program

 

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Goal-oriented, with excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrates a high level of integrity and honesty in performing tests, documenting test results and maintaining patient, client, employee and laboratory business confidentiality
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to interact effectively and work efficiently with people at all levels in an organization
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Keenly attentive to detail
  • Ability to keep sensitive information confidential
  • Analytical judgment, problem solving skills, accuracy and detail oriented
  • Represent department and the organization favorably and in accordance with established Company standards and associate attributes at all times

Qualifications

Level I – Minimum

  • BS or BA in biological, physical, chemical, clinical laboratory science or an associate’s degree in Medical Laboratory Technology
  • 1-2 years of clinical laboratory experience preferred
  • Willing to work with potentially infectious human blood and body fluids
  • Ability to work with automated and manual platforms
  • Must possess skills required for aseptic techniques
  • Intermediate level of proficiency with PC based software programs
  • Authorization to work in the United States indefinitely without restriction or sponsorship

Level II – Fully meets the qualifications of Level I plus the following:

  • Minimum of 2 years of clinical laboratory experience in a HLA lab

Level III – Fully meets the qualifications of Level I plus the following:

  • Minimum of 5 years of clinical laboratory experience in a HLA lab

Additional Information

Position is full-time, working Wednesday - Saturday or Sunday - Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.  Candidates currently living within a commutable distance of Honolulu, Hawaii are encouraged to apply.

As a Eurofins employee, you will become part of a company that has received national recognition as a great place to work.  We offer excellent full-time benefits including comprehensive medical coverage, life and disability insurance, 401(k) with company match, paid holidays and vacation, personal days, and dental and vision options.

To learn more about Eurofins, please explore our website www.eurofinsus.com.

Eurofins is a M/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

Eurofins is a M/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

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