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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Mission Statement

The Michigan Medical Genetics Laboratories (MMGL) are comprehensive CAP/CLIA certified clinical genetics testing laboratories based in the Michigan Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics whose goals are to provide state of the art testing for rare genetic diseases, which in aggregate affect the lives of a high percentage of admissions to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. There are two separate MMGL sections, one for metabolic or biochemical genetic diseases such as those on the newborn screen and one for DNA based molecular methods for inherited conditions. The Biochemical Genetics Laboratory identifies and quantifies analytes for the diagnosis and management of patients with inborn errors of metabolism and those identified as abnormal through newborn screening. The lab uses state of the art LCMS/MS to quantify amino acids in plasma, CSF and urine, and GC/MS to identify the TMS derivatives of urinary organic acids. Additional tests include MMA, acylcarnitine, and biotinidase.

 

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

 

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

 

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • Retirement Savings Opportunities

    Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

     

    What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • Retirement Savings Opportunities

     

Responsibilities*

  • Prepare samples and perform complex biochemical testing for the MMGL Biochemical Genetics Laboratory: GC/MS, HPLC, LC/MS, LCMS/MS and spectrophotometry.
  • Analyze biochemical genetic data, enter patient test results, and write preliminary reports into the SOFT Laboratory Information System for laboratory director review and sign out.
  • Perform routine maintenance for the instruments.
  • Monitor compliance with CLIA/CAP and other regulatory requirements as needed.
  • Review of procedures and protocols following laboratory and CLIA/CAP regulations.
  • Assist in the establishment and maintenance of quality control standards and reporting of results.
  • Learn and perform all computer programming required for maintaining sample TAT, troubleshooting, tracking of samples, and result entry.
  • Perform reagent, control, and standard preparation according to manufacturer’s instruction or laboratory protocol.  Generate required documentation for lot validation of new reagents, controls, and calibrators; capture documentation, and analysis required for approval according to CLIA/CAP guidelines and laboratory protocol.
  • Accurate and timely maintenance of all records associated with laboratory testing following regulatory guidelines.
  • Participate in Biannual competency review.
  • Performance and documentation of continuing education as required by CAP.
  • Provide day-to-day technical supervision of qualified personnel performing testing and reporting high complexity test results.
  • Perform and maintain all training and records of training for the biochemical genetics staff.  Accurate and timely maintenance of all records associated with laboratory testing according to regulatory guidelines. 
  • Assist in education of house staff, faculty, and the medical staff via seminars, contact with liaisons, or pathology handbook. 
  • Assist in the planning, development, and implementation of new and/or revised laboratory protocols, procedures, and tests. New test development, validation, and verification of computer reporting formats.
  • Attend interdepartmental meetings that require laboratory attendance (eg. LCC, and QAQM meetings).
  • Represent the Biochemical genetics laboratory during all CAP interactions involving inspections and surveys.
  • Submits PT surveys and performs summary review, along with review with testing personnel.
  • Serve as the laboratory chemical waste safety coordinator – Assist with maintenance of the universal chemical inventory and chemical safety training.  Supervise the chemical waste handling.
  • Review of all released results for accuracy and completeness.  Verify formats and postings to the HIS (Hospital Information System) and any other patient result viewing systems is as expected, capture and validate as necessary.
  • Prepare all Quality assurance and Quality management documents that are presented at meetings and posted to pathology website for compliance with existing regulatory requirements. 
  • Order supplies and maintain inventory for the biochemical laboratory and some general MMGL laboratory operations.
  • Perform non-routine maintenance of instrumentation, calibration, and validation following instrument repair or problems.
  • Create and maintain all computer forms, templates and databases created and used within the Biochemical Genetics section of the laboratory and verification of the accuracy of these systems and forms according to regulatory, department, and hospital guidelines. 
  • Maintain the LIS (Laboratory Information System) build, updates required for test changes, validation of software updates and operations in all 4 environments.  Use of Soft TMS system to document, problem solve, communicate detected issues with the LIS, and implement and verify their resolution.
  • Get quotes for new equipment and services required for the laboratory.
  • Assist in the scheduling of specialty testing performed by the laboratory.
  • Assume limited laboratory supervisory responsibilities in the absence of the laboratory Director or Co-director. Liaison with on-call geneticist to assure timely results of critical samples.
  • Assist in complex diagnostic problem solving.

Required Qualifications*

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Certification or eligible to be certified by recognized accrediting agencies
  • At least 5 years of clinical laboratory experience is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in clinical test validation, procedure writing, and knowledge of laboratory regulations are required.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience with repair and maintenance of GC/MS, HPLC, LC/MS, LCMS/MS required.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in urinary organic acid analysis by GC/MS including extraction, derivatization and use of Sweetman data library for peak identification.
  • Minimum three years experience in HPLC aminoacid analysis of plasma, urine and CSF with extensive knowledge of machine and biologic artifacts. Ability to make initial data interpretation for transmission to geneticist on call.
  • Experience with computer template building and validation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of our team
  • Excellent attendance, ability to prioritize appropriately and exercise good judgment
  • Evidence of qualifications is demonstrated through performance evaluations, reference checks and/or personal interview

Desired Qualifications*

  • Advanced data management and programming skills
  • Master's Degree
  • Familiarity with University administration, policies and procedures
  • Evidence of qualifications is demonstrated through performance evaluations, reference checks and/or personal interview

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.