Technologist, Cytogenetic I in Seattle, WA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 11/28/2022

Job Snapshot

  • Location:
    1737 Airport Way South
    Seattle, WA
  • Date Posted:
  • Function
  • Job Family
    Laboratory Operations
  • Remote
  • Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Shift

Job Description

Performs tests requiring the exercise of independent judgment and responsibility in those sub-specialties in which they are qualified by education, training, and experience.  
  • If job assignment includes tissue culture: accurately and efficiently perform tissue culture of assigned specimen types, including culture initiation, maintenance, harvest, slide preparation and staining for microscopic analysis. 
  • If job assignment includes microscopic analysis: perform accurate microscopic/post-microscopic analyses of assigned specimen types, including preparing karyotypes using established cytogenetic laboratory procedures. 
  • If job assignment includes molecular cytogenetics: accurately and efficiently perform FISH or array on assigned specimen types, including maintaining appropriate QC and maintenance records. Perform accurate analysis of FISH or array on assigned specimen types. 
  • If job assignment includes fluorescence in situ hybridization: accurately and efficiently process assigned specimen types, including slide preparation, pretreatment, hybridization, post wash, and counterstain for microscopic analysis using appropriate quality control standards. Perform accurate microscopic/post-microscopic analyses of assigned specimen types meeting or exceeding established productivity and quality control standards. 
  • Document and maintain tissue culture and/or microscopy analysis records completely and accurately.   
  • Document chromosome or FISH abnormalities using correct ISCN nomenclature and best assessment of breakpoints. 
  • Ensure accurate specimen processing/test results by strict adherence to testing methodology and quality standards. 
  • Adhere to analytical schedules to maintain turnaround time of results including STATS or critical results to clients. 
  • Maintain laboratory areas and equipment in a safe, functional and sanitary condition. 
  • Complete training and competency checklists as appropriate. 
  • May assist supervisor with training of other laboratory personnel, students and fellows. 
  • Adheres to all established CLIA, HIPAA, OSHA and laboratory safety requirements. 
  • Required to use (a) personal protective equipment, (b) engineering controls and/or (c) work practice controls as directed by management. 
  • Participate in government or regulatory agency inspections, if needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, but rather a general description of work performed by the position. 

Required Work Experience:   One (1) year full-time experience in a clinical Cytogenetics laboratory.  Preferred Work Experience:   N/A  Physical and Mental Requirements:  

  • The normal performance of duties may require lifting and carrying objects: Objects 1 to 10 pounds are lifted and carried frequently; objects 11 to 25 pounds are lifted and carried occasionally; objects 36 to 50 pounds are seldom lifted or carried and objects over 50 pounds are not to be lifted or carried without assistance. 
  • Microscopic analysis requires extended periods sitting at a microscope. 
  • Tissue culture and wet lab areas require extended periods of standing, sitting at a biohazard hood, or pipetting. 
  • FISH requires the ability to stand or sit for long periods possibly in a small darkroom environment. 
  • Ability to stand and work at the bench for long periods of time. 
  • Frequent walking and/or standing. 
  • May be required to use a wide variety of manual and automated pipettes and laboratory instruments and apparatuses all of which demand significant manual dexterity. 


  • Sound theoretical and operational knowledge of job assignment(s) in Cytogenetics. 
  • Knowledge of organizational/departmental policies and procedures. 


  • Requires manual dexterity and excellent pattern recognition skills. 
  • Must be detail-oriented, have the ability to work independently, establish work priorities and to handle several tasks simultaneously for maximum department efficiency. 
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to deal courteously and effectively with supervisors, co-workers and clients. 
  • Communication skills necessary to handle telephone inquiries from clients. 
  • Ability to deal with client information in a confidential manner. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) and Laboratory Information Systems. 

Bachelor’s Degree(Required)

Current ASCP Certification in Cytogenetics [ASCP-CG]