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Company: UchicagoMedicine
Location: Chicago, IL
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


Cytogenetics Technologist

Part-time - Days

We are seeking a Cytogenetics Technologist for a job in Hyde Park, IL

The Constitutional Cytogenetics and Cytogenomics Laboratory at the University of Chicago is seeking a talented and dedicated cytogenetics technologist to join the team. In our cytogenetics unit, we apply classical and molecular Cytogenetic techniques to characterize inherited and acquired chromosomal abnormalities in cancer and help diagnose inherited diseases prenatally and postnatally. Our Cytogenetics laboratory is a diverse, team-oriented and innovative environment where teaching is integrated into daily activities. Educational opportunities are abundant and laboratory staff has the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary activities with other clinical laboratories including Cancer Cytogenetics, Molecular Diagnostics and the Genetics Services laboratories. Our laboratory assays cover both constitutional and cancer cytogenetics practice, including fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analyses, G-banded chromosome analyses and Cytogenomic SNP array testing for patients with autism, multiple congenital anomalies, unexplained intellectual disabilities, high risk pregnancies and fetal loss.

In this role, the Cytogenetics Technologist will routinely perform all aspects of cytogenetics analysis by properly utilizing a variety of methodologies including tissue culture, harvesting, slide preparation and banding, microscopic analysis. As a top-tier comprehensive academic medical center, we take patient care and safety very seriously, and we follow laboratory policies and procedures and in accordance with all regulatory agency requirements in order to provide results of the highest level of quality to physicians and their patients. Strong cytogenetics skills such as experience in G-banded chromosome analysis, FISH and tissue culture are highly desired but not required. Previous experience as a Cytogenetics Medical Technologist (or specific Cytogenetic Medical Technologist training) and proficiency in Microarray setup and analysis are a plus but not required. Applicants should be organized, able to multi-task, attentive to details, dedicated, and driven by a desire to provide high quality patient care. Experience working in a CLIA/CAP regulated laboratory environment is desired.


  • Must satisfy CLIA 88 qualification requirements for testing personnel performing high complexity testing.
  • Bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Certification or eligibility as medical technologist (MT), or specialist (S) through American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or equivalent (preferred).
  • Knowledge of and ability to use laboratory/hospitals information systems.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use automated and conventional laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with individuals at all levels.
  • At least one year of pertinent cytogenetics laboratory experience preferred.


  • Retrieves/receives specimens and enters patient information in laboratory accessions systems
  • Performs complex laboratory procedures, records results, reports abnormal findings
  • Able to properly manage time based on established priorities
  • Maintains complete documentation throughout all the steps of the processes
  • Performs scheduled QC and equipment maintenance according to the laboratory guidelines
  • Evaluates QC results and initiates corrective action when QC metrics are not acceptable for clinical test performance
  • Participates in laboratory procedure manual and worksheet creation and revisions
  • Monitors and updates laboratory supply and reagent inventory
  • Trains laboratory staff
  • Participates in teaching Pathology residents
  • Participates in reagent/new instrument/assay validations and QC
  • Participates in collecting monthly QC metrics
  • Performs Cytogenetics procedures:
      1. Cell culture
      2. Cell harvesting
      3. Slide preparation and banding
      4. FISH (Fluorescent In-Situ Hybridization) set up and analysis
      5. Uses microscope for chromosome analysis
      6. Sets up and analyze Microarrays
  • Laboratory organization and efficiency improvements
  • Troubleshoots reagent and assay issues
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Organizational Overview

Located in Historic Hyde Park, UChicago Medicine is a not-for-profit integrated and academic health system of hospital and physician services, providing world class care since 1927. UChicago Medicine operates four hospitals and a state-of-the-art ambulatory-care facility located within a medical center campus of twenty interconnected buildings, along with several satellite facilities situated throughout Chicago's south suburbs. In addition, Ingalls Memorial Hospital is located outside of the main medical campus in Harvey, IL. Today, UChicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division, including Ingalls Memorial Hospital encompass over 800 beds and employ nearly 12,000 people, which includes more than 800 attending physicians, 1100 residents and fellows, and 2,600 nurses.

UChicago Medicine's mission is to provide superior health care in a compassionate manner, ever mindful of each patient's dignity and individuality. UChicago Medicine has established a market identity “At the Forefront of Medicine”, and has consistently been able to attract a critical mass of talented physicians, healthcare professionals and staff to treat the most complex clinical problems. In recognition of this excellence, U.S. News and World Report rank many of our programs as among the best in the United States.

Why Join Us?

We've been at the forefront of medicine since 1899. We provide superior healthcare with compassion, always mindful that each patient is a person, an individual. To accomplish this, we need employees with passion, talent and commitment… with patients and with each other. We're in this together: working to advance medical innovation, serve the health needs of the community, and move our collective knowledge forward. If you'd like to add enriching human life to your profile, The University of Chicago Medicine is for you. Here at the forefront, we're doing work that really matters. Join us. Bring your passion.


Bring your career to the next level at a hospital that is thriving; from patient satisfaction to employee engagement, we are at the Forefront of Medicine. Take advantage of all we have to offer and #BringYourPassiontotheForefront, University of Chicago Medicine is growing; discover how you can be a part of this pursuit of excellence at: www.uchospitals.edu/jobs

The University of Chicago Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, civil union status, parental status, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

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