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Quest Diagnostics

Technologist Cytogenetic I (req97325)




Full Time


Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

Technologist Cytogenetic I - Seattle, WA - Monday-Friday (Rotational Saturday)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If job assignment includes fluorescence in situ hybridization: Using SOPs, accurately and efficiently processes assigned specimen types, including slide preparation, pretreatment, hybridization, post wash, 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.
  • 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.
  • Ensures accurate specimen processing/test results by strict adherence to testing methodology and quality standards.
  • Possesses appropriate computer skills (CAPS, Tandem, etc) to accomplish tasks.
  • Participates in quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement programs.
  • Participates in training of technologists and other laboratory personnel, including visiting students and fellows, as needed. Participates in reviewing training checklists to reflect current laboratory procedures.
  • Attends departmental meetings as required and participates in the department's continuing education program.
  • Maintains laboratory areas and equipment in a safe, functional, and sanitary condition.
  • Adheres to all established laboratory safety requirements.
  • Required to use (a) personal protective equipment, (b) engineering controls and/or (c) work practice controls as directed by management.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned by competent authority.



  • BS/BA or related degree in science Foreign educated candidates must provide a detailed credential evaluation from IERF (International Education Research Foundation).
  • United States educated candidates must provide a detailed original transcript.

Work Experience:

  • One year of previous experience in a clinical cytogenetics laboratory

Special Requirements:

  • Microscopic analysis requires extended periods sitting at a microscope.
  • Tissue culture requires extended periods of standing, sitting at a biohazard hood, or pipetting.
  • 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.