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Clinical Genetics Technologist I - Cancer Cytogenetics

LAB00009352 Requisition #

Your Opportunity:

Do you have a love for genetics and are a strong team player committed to delivering quality patient care? The Calgary Genetics & Genomics (G&G) team has an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Genetics Technologist I position. G&G, as part of Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL), provides complex genetic testing for a broad range of conditions, serving an important role in the provision of genetic services for the province of Alberta. This position will support the Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory at the Diagnostic & Scientific Centre. As a Clinical Genetics Technologist I, you will be responsible for routine and specialized work in pre-analytical testing, processing and analysis of patient samples for analysis of chromosome rearrangements, aneuploidy and genomic imbalances all while adhering to lab safety procedures. Specific diagnostic procedures include preparation and culturing of peripheral blood, amniotic fluid, chorionic villus, and fibroblast specimens. Administrative tasks include entering results into the laboratory information system, test method evaluation, spreadsheet/ database use, equipment operations, literature review, quality control, proficiency testing, report generation, and document writing. You will require competency in tissue culture, microscopy, chromosome analysis, Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH), as well as molecular techniques such as nucleic acid extraction, quantification and next generation sequencing (NGS).


As a Clinical Genetics Technologist (CGT) I, you will perform and interpret routine and complex testing for various genetic conditions using molecular and cytogenetic techniques according to established procedures. You will also participate in results entry into the laboratory information system (LIS), report generation, quality control, proficiency testing, lab safety procedures, literature review, test method evaluation, and document writing. Other duties include but are not limited to maintaining lab equipment and supplies, training students and fellows/residents, participating in accreditation activities, and pre-analytical testing processes including accessioning.

  • Classification: Clinical Genetics Tech I
  • Department: Cytogenetics DSC
  • Primary Location: Diagnostic Scientific Centre
  • Multi-Site: Not Applicable
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 24-JAN-2022
  • Temporary Employee Class: Temp F/T Benefits
  • Date Available: 21-FEB-2022
  • Temporary End Date: 07-APR-2023
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 10
  • Shift Pattern: Days
  • Days Off: As Per Rotation
  • Minimum Salary: $36.96
  • Maximum Salary: $49.15
  • Vehicle Requirement: Not Applicable
Required Qualifications:

Completion of a Bachelor's degree plus advanced diploma in Clinical Genetics. Active or eligible for registration with College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA).

Additional Required Qualifications:

Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification in Clinical Genetics may be acceptable as an equivalent to an advanced diploma in Clinical Genetics. Experience in human cytogenetic processing and analysis including proper use of ISCN nomenclature and specialized computer imaging platforms for karyotyping and FISH analysis. Experience with tissue culture techniques. Proven critical thinking, analytical, problem solving, planning, and decision making skills. Strong attention to detail as well as superior organizational and time management skills with ability to prioritize work and deliver accurate work under stressful conditions. Demonstrated ability to deal with conflicting and changing priorities, deadlines, and duties. English fluency with exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Technical knowledge of appropriate methodology and testing techniques applied in a molecular genetics/ molecular diagnostic laboratory. Two years of recent experience in a diagnostic genetic laboratory performing cytogenetic or molecular genetic testing and interpretation. Five years of experience with cancer chromosome and FISH analysis. Experience with next generation sequencing.

Please note:

All postings close at 23:59 of the posting end date indicated.

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The following must be provided prior to your first day of work:

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