General Descriptionfull-time position with Neurology; 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday
Provide technical support in the Cutaneous Nerve Laboratory which specializes in the localization of peripheral nerves in the skin.
Under supervision, will be taught to perform and understand histology principles for routine specimen handling following established procedures. Once training has been completed, will independently follow established protocols in order to assure that the lab meets workflow targets.
Use a custom database for accessioning and tracking research and clinical specimens. Handle and process specimens, document data and report of diagnostic test results. Contribute to the routine maintenance and organization of worksheets and will be expected to gain an understanding of the histology laboratory operation to assist investigators as needed. (Protocols involved require maintenance of careful logs of environmental and procedural elements under CAP, CLIA, HIPAA, OSEH and FDA regulations, as well as, required by research protocols.) Work on development of new clinical testing protocols. May assist either the physicians or their assistants during skin biopsies; explain the procedure to the patients, fill out study-related forms and handle specimen tubes during the procedure. May conduct screening and recruitment of study subjects as needed.
This laboratory must process samples in a timely fashion to provide accurate results for diagnostic use and must meet protocol deadlines. It is imperative that this individual participate daily in the hands-on work of the lab. Chemicals used on a daily basis must be made properly using established protocols. Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or a laboratory supervisor, will be responsible for performing routine analyses and tests on animal or human fluids and/or tissue.
Conduct quality control and quality assurance checks on laboratory reports and communicate with outside testing labs to resolve discrepancies. It is vital that this individual maintain aseptic technique and demonstrate organization, problem solving, resourcefulness and flexibility.
Various regulatory guidelines (CAP, CLIA, FDA, JCAHO, OSEH) must also be followed. Data needs to be maintained in both hard copy and using database tools to include various daily record updates, including items like performance improvements, quality assurance and quality control measures.
May process and ship blood-related specimens to outside central labs. Some of these samples will be express shipped out to other labs and others placed into an organized repository at this location. Manage biohazard waste per JHMI policies. Following the appropriate training, will adhere to JHMI policies on Human Subjects Protection, HIPAA, DOT/IATA, Blood borne pathogens, Fire Safety, Laboratory Safety, and other potential renewals as required by Sponsors/University. Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling objects weighing up to 50 lbs may be required. Maintain and troubleshoot all laboratory equipment. (Equipment used includes a freezing sliding microtome, various microscopes and computers, a Bioquant digitizing station, and refrigeration equipment.) Independently maintain specimen databases and handle human tissue from an unfixed specimen to a final immunohistochemically labeled section, which is then quantitated for nerve fiber density. Study-related issues are presented on a weekly basis to the Principal Investigator. May troubleshoot problems with supervisory staff and the Lab Director. Additional duties include stereologic nerve quantitation, blinding of clinical and research projects, and interacting with administration regarding clinical insurance issues, and processing, monitoring and troubleshooting clinical billing using established CPT codes for lab's services and billing guidelines.
Perform other duties as required.