American Red Cross Laboratory Technician, Night Team in Charlotte, North Carolina

Job Description:

The American Red Cross Charlotte, NC National Testing Laboratory is seeking candidates for a Laboratory Technician

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW/RECENT SCIENCE GRAD!

Job Description:

As a Laboratory Tech you will perform automated and manual test procedures on blood samples to assure the safety, potency and purity of the blood supply. Adheres to explicit standard operating procedures and performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements.

Shift/schedule: Wed-Sat 9pm - 7:30am

Two Labs:

  • Infectious Disease Lab (IDL): where testing is done for viral markers in the blood such as HIV, HCV (hepatitis), West Nile Virus and now Zika Virus. Or

  • Immunohematology Laboratory (IHL): where The determination of an ABO Blood group is defined, and ANTIBODY SCREENING for red cell antibody detection, identification and crossmatch system

Major Responsibilities:

  • Perform and interpret manual and automated testing procedures on blood samples in the laboratory. Perform and accurately record required quality control procedures.

  • Recognize and identify testing irregularities, equipment problems, errors and other potential problems that may adversely affect test performance or results. Report problems to the Laboratory Supervisor or other appropriate supervisory staff. Trouble-shoot and implement corrective actions.

  • Comply with all designated safety policies and procedures in the work area, including the use of applicable protective equipment when necessary to prevent exposure to potentially infectious agents.

  • Maintain accurate, complete and legible records. Identify discrepancies and verify documentation performed by other technologists and technicians. Review documentation for accuracy, validity and completeness.

  • Review test runs and verify test procedures are done in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Perform proficiency testing and validations as required.

  • Prepare and evaluate reagents and quality control samples.

  • Maintain inventory of reagents, equipment and supplies necessary for the performance of testing. Understand reagent stability and follow manufacturer recommended storage conditions.

  • Properly perform and document required preventative maintenance and calibration on lab equipment.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in all procedures performed in the assigned departments. Participate in continuing education programs and training/retraining as necessary.

  • Participate in special projects and committee assignments as directed.

  • Understand and comply with applicable federal and state regulations, AABB Standards, and ARCBS directives pertaining to blood banking and safety. Adhere to quality assurance procedures and current Good Manufacturing Practices.

  • May be required to work overtime or provide on-call coverage as needed.

  • Perform other related duties as necessary.

Scope:

  • May be required to provide direct and constant supervision for tasks performed by laboratory technicians and assistants.

  • Assist in the training of new technologists, technicians and assistants.

  • Travel to other National Testing & Reference Laboratories may be required.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in Biological, Chemical, or medical technology required; or the equivalent education required.

  • Will be required to meet specific state requirements.

  • Degrees from foreign institutions will require credential equivalency evaluation and must be stated on resume.

  • Ability to understand and perform complex procedures and techniques and work with complex instrumentation.

  • Skills required for proper specimen and reagent handling, labeling, processing, preparation, transportation and storage necessary.

  • Ability to correctly interpret test results, to include identification and correction of discrepancies.

  • Must be knowledgeable of required regulations and comply with them.

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service internally and externally. Possess good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to read, understand and follow detailed procedures.

  • Analytical, numerical and reasoning abilities necessary.

  • Use of good sound judgment.

  • Ability to prioritize organize, and handle a high volume workload efficiently essential.

  • Must maintain high standard of performance during repetitious tasks.

  • Ability to promote cooperative work environment with laboratory staff.

  • Basic computer skills necessary.

  • Equipment used includes the following: telephone, printer, photocopier, calculator, fax machine, variety of laboratory instrumentation (mechanical, electrical and pressurized), and maintenance tools.

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:

The duties above indicate the essential functions of the job.

  • Frequent standing, walking and sitting.

  • Manual dexterity necessary.

  • Good close vision and color perception required.

  • Clear simple speech and good hearing required.

  • Kneel, stoop, crouch and balance occasionally.

  • May lift or carry up to 50 pounds occasionally.

  • Laboratory environment with high safety or health considerations.

  • Moderate noise level.

  • May require the ability to tolerate temperatures 2 - 8 degrees centigrade (approximately 32 - 40 degrees Fahrenheit) for short periods of time (in suitable cold temperature clothing provided).

  • This position is in OSHA Category I in view of the fact that the position requires the incumbent work under conditions where the potential exists for the incumbent to make contact with blood or blood components as a result of splashes, spills, and/or needlesticks.

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