Lab Services Technician

KN-St Kitts
Job ID
2017-93117
Institution
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Department
Biochemistry

Opportunity at a Glance

 

The candidate will apply their experience of scientific, laboratory settings to support the growing diagnostic and research activities in the Laboratories. This technical position is critical to the RUSVM strategic plan priorities.

Responsibilities

 

The successful applicant will ideally have experience in microbiology, parasitology and clinical pathology and must 1) are able to perform routine and standardized biological and biochemical examinations; 2) have the capability to learn and perform specialized analytical examinations and procedures. The laboratory technician will be required to perform any additional work related to the various laboratory disciplines. The individual must be willing to work safely with potentially pathogenic organisms and materials; as well as toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals and potentially carcinogenic substances.

 

The successful candidate will ideally be able to communicate effectively with the professional team at RUSVM.

 

Bench Duties

 

Candidates will have skills in several of the following areas with the ability to specialize in one or more areas.

 

Hematology:

 

Have the ability to perform blood smear preparations; routine hematological staining; blood cell counting including white and red blood cell counts; differential counts; platelet counts; evaluation of blood cell morphology; hemoglobin and hematocrit estimations; and calculation of hematological index.  Evaluate blood smear preparations for hemoparasites. The technician must be able to perform analyses both manually and by using the automatic analytical instruments provided for routine diagnostic hematology in the laboratory.  Additional duties include appropriate maintenance of analytical instruments, basic knowledge about instrumentation and troubleshooting erroneous results when warranted. The technician must also be able to perform coagulation profiles and cross matching. Technician should be able to execute any additional laboratory tests included in the hematology procedures as supervised by the laboratory director, manager and/or the professor.

 

Clinical Chemistry;

 

Perform all different types of routine chemistry analyses on blood serum and plasma. This includes analyses performed by use of a chemistry analyzer and any manual tests that may be required. Additional duties include appropriate maintenance of analytical instruments, basic knowledge about instrumentation and troubleshooting erroneous results when required.

 

Parasitology;

 

Conduct routine fecal examination for suspect fecal parasite infection.  Fecal analysis includes but is not limited to the following:  being able to perform a fecal flotation, McMaster’s quantitative method, fecal culture, Baermann technique, identification of third stage nematode larvae, wet mount and fecal occult blood test.  Whole blood analysis includes: modified Knott’s test, wet mount for microfilariae and any additional hemoparasites. Be competent in identifying parasites on skin scrapings, ear swabs and cellophane tape submissions.

 

Urinalysis;

 

Be able to perform urine examination according to routine procedures for chemical and cellular components including microscopic evaluation and confirmatory tests.

 

Cytology;

 

Candidate should be capable of preparing microscopic slides for cytology and other microscopic examinations, including evaluation of slides for external (skin) parasites for routine purposes. Provide the necessary assistance in cytology as indicated by the lab director, manager and/or the professor.

 

Microbiology;

 

Under supervision, perform routine standardized biological, microbiological and biochemical examinations and analyses. Prepare media which includes sterilization, pouring of plates and tubes. Receiving and processing of samples which require a working knowledge of aseptic/sterile techniques, understanding of the use and plating to the various agar media employed within the microbiology section, staining procedures, culture and sensitivity, and microscopy. Be able to prepare the necessary laboratory reagents under appropriate supervision. Additional tasks include cleaning, washing and regular maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment. Ensure that the laboratory is kept clean, organized and well maintained. This includes but is not limited to sterilization and proper disposal of waste material. Maintaining regular inventory of basic reagents and supplies; and informing the lab director, manager and/or professor when additional supplies are needed.

 

Serology;

 

Be able to perform Snap and ELISA tests for feline and canine parasites, viral antigen and antibody detection.

 

Research;

 

Conduct sample analyses in any of the above or novel disciplines.  Be capable of learning new techniques and new analyzer methodologies.  Give meticulous attention to data recording.

 

Additional responsibilities include the preparation of laboratory reagents for hematology and blood chemistry analyses, urine and fecal examinations; cleaning, washing and regular maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment; ensuring that the laboratory is kept clean, organized and well maintained; performing regular inventory of basic reagents and supplies and advising the supervising lab manager and/or professor of supplies required to be ordered. Catalogue, freeze and label all serum samples.

 

Student Labs

 

Possess the ability to teach related laboratory subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of the instructional team in a classroom setting. The technician will be required to assist the students in their laboratory work-ups during their practical training and train the students to have good laboratory practice. Technician will help in the setting up and breakdown of the student labs. This includes all necessary preparations, collections, clean-up and proper disposal for the following student labs:

 

  • Clinical Pathology (hematology, urinalysis and cytology)
  • Microbiology (bacteriology and mycology)
  • Parasitology (helminthology, protozoology and entomology). 

Safety

 

The successful candidate must adhere to all laboratory safety guidelines established by the institution. These safety procedures include successful completion of laboratory safety trainings; knowledge of basic laboratory safety; emergency procedures; personal protective equipment; and appropriate disposal of biohazard waste. The technician will be required to assist in the autoclaving of biohazard waste consumed within the Laboratories. The technician will also be required to stay abreast of all administrative policies and procedures that are available in laboratory safety manuals, material safety data sheets (MSDS), and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

 

Completes other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or Associates Degree combined with Additional years of experience
  • Minimum 2- 4 years’ experience preferred.
  • Good knowledge in Microsoft Office, Windows XP, 7 and 8 and database applications.
  • Background in science/biology
  • Be capable of learning new techniques and new analyzer methodologies.
  • Proven ability to communicate professionally in a corporate veterinary medical environment.
  • Flexibility to work weekends and holidays.



We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

Who We Are

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians.  Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 

 

Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine. We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.

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