Covance Medical Technologist I - Flow Cytometry in United States

Job Overview

Responsibilities / Duties

Essential Functions

  • Perform assigned clinical laboratory testing accurately and in a timely manner.

  • Resolve pendings. Retrieve and check specimens against pending list. Document specimen discrepancies. Notify laboratory management when specimen discrepancies are not resolved.

  • Prepare workstation and instrumentation for the assigned testing.

  • Properly handle specimens and independently resolve technical specimen issues in preparation for analysis and specimen storage. Contact internal customers for clarification as needed.

  • Operate instruments to perform testing in accordance with established written procedures.

  • Performs routine testing and calculations as required.

  • Resolve routine and non-routine assay problems.

  • Ensure the validity of tests results through the performance of established quality assurance and quality control procedures. o Perform experiments, as scheduled, for evaluation of new Calibrator and/or QC lots. Summarize results of investigations and compile data for review by management.

  • Document quality control results. Interpret quality control results according to Westgard rules or other established departmental procedures and accurately document biases, warnings and violations of control values.

  • Document corrective action for unusual occurrences (e.g. QC violations, instrument related problems).

  • Analyze proficiency testing survey samples as patient specimens.

  • Reagents/Materials/Supplies: o Receive, open and place in service all reagents/materials according to SOPs.

  • Prepare and properly label reagent, quality control, calibrator material.

  • Document implementation of new reagents/materials according to SOPs.

  • Perform parallel testing, linearity’s, stability, other quality control practices needed to ensure validity of material prior to being placed into service.

  • Perform inventory control of supplies and reagents as approved by management.


  • Result Entry (Auto-verification and manual entry). o When data is manually entered (e.g. QC, patient data) ensure peer review is performed and documented prior to release of results.

  • Prepare proper documentation of test results and enter into the information system.

  • Generate an appropriate audit trail for all activities.

  • Document and communicate any result reporting problems or inconsistencies to laboratory management.

  • Complete testing within the expected turnaround time to meet customers’ expectations.

  • Ensures maintenance of instruments and equipment is performed according to manufacturer and SOP requirements, and documented according to SOP. o Calibrate instruments, equipment and/or assays as required and document.

  • Perform basic instrument and equipment troubleshooting.

  • Perform pipette calibrations and document according to SOP.

  • Notify laboratory management when an instrument or equipment does not meet specifications.

  • Comply with regulatory guidelines and Covance Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at all times.

  • Training o Individual is responsible for maintaining his/her complete up-to-date training file and is accountable for correcting and deficiencies found in his/her training file.

  • Individual is responsible for ensuring he/she is trained and training is documented prior to performing a task.

  • The individual successfully completes, as scheduled, competency assessment and ensures competency testing documentation is provided to management for review/retention.

  • Competently performs department duties as set forth in the department training checklist(s).

  • May assist in training new employees and follows-up to ensure training is understood.

  • Attends, as scheduled, department, mandatory and other meetings and training, as required according to training matrices. 

  • Work to achieve partnership with both internal customers and external clients by: o Pull data in a timely manner for review by QA and external clients.

  • Contribute to the provision of accurate verbal or written response to internal QA and client audit findings. Coordinate, where needed, with other resources to resolve issue.

  • Researches and prepares a response following investigation for quality purposes.

  • Coordinate, where needed, with other resources to resolve issue.

  • Research and responds in a timely manner to internal customer inquiries regarding status of test results, retrieval of samples for testing/storage and other needs.

  • Understand department metrics and goals.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in applicable computer systems and software.

  • Adheres to established Safety policies and Universal precaution guidelines at all times. Maintains a clean, organized and safe work environment. Minimizes biohazard waste. Cleans workstation and materials daily.

  • Takes action for the department when additional responsibilities and opportunities are presented.

  • Provide laboratory management with a report of activities upon request.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a bio-medical, physical or biological science from an accredited college or

  • University and one year training and/or experience in the specialty in which testing is to be performed


  • One year training and/or experience in the specialty in which testing is to be performed.

Job Number 2018-18528

Job Category Medical Technologist

Position Type Full-Time

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