Cytogenetic Technologist II in Shelton, CT at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 12/26/2020

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Technologist Cytogenetic II- Shelton, Connecticut - Monday to Friday Day Shift (Rotational Saturday/Weekends)

Look for more than answers.  Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic testing, information and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact and a clear dedication to service. It’s about providing clarity and hope.

As a Lab Technician you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge. You’ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspire colleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve.

At Quest, Lab Technicians play an essential role in our success and in the services we provide. As a career, we offer a unique opportunity to develop your career with the #1 Diagnostic Lab in the US. We are tech driven, and we’re creating the lab of the future – an environment where you can deliver cutting edge diagnostics and help us drive new discoveries and breakthroughs.


Under direction of laboratory supervisor/manager/director, incumbent is responsible for efficient and accurate performance of difficult/complex cytogenetics laboratory testing, following established policies and procedures. This is the third level of a four-level job family.


1. If job assignment includes tissue culture: Using SOPs, accurately and efficiently performs tissue culture of assigned specimen types, including culture initiation, maintenance, and harvest. Also performs slide preparation and staining for microscopic analysis.

2. If job assignment includes microscopic analysis: Performs accurate microscopic/post-microscopic analyses of assigned specimen types meeting or exceeding established productivity standards, applying additional staining/testing procedures when indicated, and preparing karyotypes using established cytogenetics laboratory procedures.

3. If job assignment includes fluorescence in situ hybridization: Using SOPs, accurately and efficiently processes assigned specimen types, including slide preparation, pretreatment, hybridization, postwash, and counterstain for microscopic analysis using appropriate quality control standards. Performs accurate microscopic/post-microscopic analyses of assigned specimen types meeting or exceeding established productivity and quality control standards.

4. Is responsible for the more difficult/complex laboratory testing activities and review of work of other technologists.

5. Documents and maintains tissue culture and/or microscopy analysis records completely and accurately. Documents chromosome or FISH abnormalities using correct ISCN nomenclature and best assessment of breakpoints.

6. Ensures accurate specimen processing/test results by strict adherence to testing methodology and quality standards

7. Possesses appropriate computer skills (AI, PC, CCAPS, Tandem, etc) to accomplish tasks.

8. Participates in quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement programs.

9. Assists the supervisor in developing/validating new procedures in order to improve quality, efficiency, or accuracy. Participates in research, development, and implementation of new testing methodologies/modifications.

10. Participates in training of technologists and other laboratory personnel, including visiting students and fellows, as needed. Participates in modifying training checklists to reflect current laboratory procedures.

11. Qualifies as a substitute supervisor, and may act in this capacity if the supervisor is not available.

12. Attends departmental meetings, as appropriate, and participates in the department's continuing education program.

12. Maintains laboratory areas and equipment in a safe, functional, and sanitary condition.

13. Adheres to all established laboratory safety requirements.

14. Required to use (a) personal protective equipment, (b) engineering controls and/or (c) work practice controls as directed by management.

15. Performs other job-related duties as assigned by competent authority. Physical Demands Microscopic analysis requires extended periods of sitting at a microscope. Tissue culture requires extended periods of standing, sitting at a biohazard hood, or pipetting.


1. BS/BA or related degree in science.

2. Minimum of 4 years of previous cytogenetics experience (3 years as a cytogenetics technologist) or equivalent in a clinical cytogenetics laboratory.

3. NCA certification. [All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. All duties and requirements are essential job functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•         Sound theoretical and operational knowledge of job assignment(s) in cytogenetics.

•         Proven problem solving skills for job assignment(s).

•         The ability to effectively plan, organize, and complete work assignments.

•         Interpersonal skills necessary to deal courteously and effectively with supervisors, co-workers and clients.

•         Good written and verbal communication skills.

•         Knowledge of organization/departmental policies and procedures.

•         Ability to deal with client information in a confidential manner.

•         Required to handle biological samples and potentially hazardous chemicals.

•         Requires manual dexterity and excellent pattern recognition skills.

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