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MD Anderson Cancer Center Medical Laboratory Scientist - Molecular Diagnostic in Houston, Texas

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL) is a certified (by CAP and CLIA) and internationally recognized clinical diagnostic facility (located in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care (6565 MD Anderson Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030). It was established in 1990 and specializes in clinical molecular testing of tumor samples from various cancer types. Here, we provide a full roster of cutting-edge molecular testing for hematologic and solid organ tumors, which is very critical for management and treatment of these cancers. Our laboratory analyzes samples primarily from patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) as well as serves as a referral laboratory for other hospitals and clinics.

The mission of MDL is to provide clinical molecular biomarker testing that is best suited for cancer care at MD Anderson Cancer Center on 100% of clinically justified requests in time with 100% accuracy. In addition to supporting clinical care, MDL is also involved in clinical trials and education.

Our goal is to establish and maintain a leadership position in clinical molecular diagnostics by translating new scientific discoveries into clinical practice through a combination of technology, talent and teamwork. MDL has established the following goals in line with the MDACC mission:

MDL offers a wide variety of state-of-the-art clinical molecular assays for cancer diagnosis, treatment selection, prognostication and disease monitoring across all tumor types. While the initial test offering were focused on hematolymphoid malignancies, we have dramatically expanded the solid organ tumor testing in the recent years to support recent expansion in molecular test utilization in solid tumors. Taking advantage of automated, high through-put instrumentation, our lab is able to accommodate a large volume of highly complex tests and generate highest quality results with a rapid turn-around time to facilitate timely patient care decisions.


Technical Skills

  • Remains knowledgeable and competent in all policies, procedures and protocols.

  • Troubleshoots and maintains laboratory equipment.

  • Follows section's inventory control system to assure effective use of supplies and reagents.

  • Complies with safety guidelines and procedures and adheres to regulatory mandates

Productivity and Communication / Team Work

  • Adjusts, prioritizes, and organizes work to achieve maximum productivity to meet the workload demands of the section.

  • Assists peers and supervisors with tasks after completion of assigned work.

  • Adheres to attendance policy, begins work as scheduled.

  • Works independently, utilizes resources available to maximize efficiency.

-Initiates Communication with others; works well with others to ensure the work gets done to standard and on time; is accepting of and values individual differences;

Quality Commitment and Enhancement

  • Actively participates in training students, employees and fellows.

  • Participates in process improvement projects.

  • Validates and evaluates new methodologies and tests with the help of Laboratory Supervisor and technical support.

  • Coaches and mentors students and employees.

  • Adheres to and understands CAP and CLIA Guidelines; Reviews and follows SOPs.

Computer Skills

  • Maintains proficiency on computer functions in the lab processes.

  • Properly acquires specimen data into computer system(s).

  • Analyzes and evaluates patient results correctly and appropriately.

  • Stores patient information and results to allow easy future access as required.

Bachelor's degree -OR- Bachelor's degree in Molecular Genetic Technology -OR - completion of an accredited Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Science program. With Bachelor's degree, one year clinical lab experience. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 139010

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • Work Week: Day/Evening

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 50,800

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 63,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 76,200

  • Science Jobs: No

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