Careers

Careers

MPLN offers employment opportunities in diagnostics (molecular, cytogenetics, flow cytometry, anatomic pathology) research and clinical trials, business development, sales, marketing, client services and operations. Located in the foothills of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, the laboratory is 20 minutes from Knoxville, Tennessee and offers a flexible benefit package that includes a 401k plan, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as short and long term disability options.

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Human Resources
Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network
250 E Broadway
Maryville, TN 37804

Current Positions


Laboratory Research Assistant

GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

The Research Assistant (RA) works primarily within the Geneuity Clinical Research Services (GCRS) department under the direction and supervision of the Senior Research Associate and/or GCRS directors. The main duty of the RA includes performance of cellular and molecular clinical trial testing to support MPLN’s R&D clinical trail services. The RA may be cross trained to other departments based on current testing service needs as well as RA experience and interests.

Must be willing to work Saturday rotation or Tuesday – Saturday shift.
 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Performs cellular and molecular biology assays such as PBMC processing and isolation, ELISAs, and PCR.  The RA must be able to test clinical trial specimens in strict accordance with study-related training and protocols. Associated with these duties includes meticulous record keeping related to all aspects of the study, proper handling and storage of study specimens, and the preparation and maintenance of laboratory supplies.

Performs other duties, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Routine maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • QA/QC monitoring and reporting according to current MPLN SOPs
  • Inventory control of reagents and supplies
  • Careful filing of all papers, test results and electronic files
  • Completion of specimen-specific data packets
  • Works as a team with other techs to balance workload

Performs support and educational/training duties

  • Demonstrates the ability to perform maintenance and minor troubleshooting of routine laboratory equipment.
  • Maintains adequate supplies of reagents and designated control materials for assigned testing duties.
  • Maintains neat and accurate records of all problems and corresponding actions taken.
  • Prepares reagents according to procedure in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates the ability of perform all necessary functions in the LIS.
  • Gathers data for quality metrics as assigned.

Complies with applicable regulatory and accrediting agency requirements

  • Understands and follows general lab safety and annual training as outlined in MPLN’s Safety SOPs.
  • Knows the location and use of laboratory safety equipment and Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • Follows universal precautions without exception, using appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Understands MPLN’s fire safety and disaster plan.
  • Helps ensure a safe work environment for all staff. Recognizes incidents and demonstrates the ability to use the QAR system. Educates new staff on reporting procedures and ensures that appropriate forms are completed.
  • Understands and follows the Compliance plan.

EDUCATION, LICENSE OR CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or related field.

1 year of cellular or molecular biology laboratory experience preferred.

Applicants must be able to pass a drug screening and background check.

MPLN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Medical Technologist / Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc. (MPLN) is a privately held, College of American Pathologists, New York State Department of Health and ISO15189 accredited molecular diagnostic laboratory specializing in oncology, infectious disease testing women's health testing and clinical trials.

Due to ongoing expansion, our laboratory has an immediate opening for a full-time Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist position in the Flow Cytometry Department.

This is a full-time day shift position - Monday through Friday with a Saturday rotation.

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to process samples, set up and run assays (Leukemia/Lymphoma Immunophenotyping, Lymphocyte Subset Analysis, PNH, Various Clinical Trial Assays) on the cytometer, analyze data and report findings, while performing routine preventive laboratory maintenance, monitoring quality and documenting actions/findings. Requirements include the ability to articulate and effectively communicate and provide prompt and courteous service to all clients and staff.

Flow cytometry experience is preferred; however, the qualified candidate will have the opportunity to learn flow cytometry analysis on the job. Successful applicants will have a BS/BA in biology or a related field, excellent communication skills and have current licensure or be eligible for licensure by the State of Tennessee Department of Health-Related Boards as a Medical Technologist, General.

MT or CLS ASCP licensure required.

Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Histotechnologist

Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc. (MPLN) is a privately held, College of American Pathologists, New York State Department of Health and ISO15189 accredited molecular diagnostic laboratory specializing in oncology, infectious disease testing, women's health testing and a growing clinical trials business.

MPLN is seeking a qualified Histotechnologist to join our dynamic team.

General Summary of Position

Prepares histologic and immunohistochemistry slides from clinical and research tissues and cells for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologist.

Main Areas of Responsibility

  • Performs IHC staining based on established antibody datasheets and TOPs.
  • Possesses basic lab math/titration knowledge and pipetting skills.
  • Performs general Special Stains including H&E, PAS, trichromes, Congo Red, etc.
  • Embeds tissue as specified by pathologist for correct orientation.
  • Sections tissue according to established protocols for specimen/testing type.
  • Enters patient and testing information into database system.
  • Performs preventative, periodic and corrective maintenance on instrumentation per established protocols.
  • Uses good customer service techniques, with both clients and coworkers.
  • Works well with others in a team environment.
  • Possesses familiarity of medical terminology, computer literacy, and automated immunohistochemistry equipment operation.

Qualifications

  • Valid ASCP HT or HTL certification
  • Associates degree or higher in a science-related field
  • At least one year of Histotechnology experience

The work schedule for this position is M-F 8:30am – 5pm with rotating on call Saturdays and holidays.

MPLN offers a flexible benefit package that includes a 401k plan, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability options as well as paid vacation and medical leave.

Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Cytogenetic Technologist – Fish Analysis and Cytogenetic Specimen Processing

MPLN is seeking a qualified cytogenetic technologist to join our dynamic team.  The qualified candidate must be proficient in performance and interpretation of contemporary clinical cytogenetic testing that includes cancer as well as constitutional cytogenetic applications and must also be interested in the adoption of new technologies and methodologies (e.g. array CGH) to support the needs of a growing oncology service.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Accurate and timely microscopic analysis of FISH and chromosome structure and number
  • Familiarity with automated karyotyping system and ability to generate karyotype report
  • Peripheral blood culture, bone marrow, tissue and In situ culture and harvest
  • Specimen log-in
  • Daily temperature checks of temperature dependent equipment including refrigerators, freezers, ovens, water baths
  • Daily CO2  and water level check
  • Slide-making and Banding technique
  • FISH/Paraffin hybridization
  • Load and unload Metafer
  • Hood/incubator cleaning
  • Use of hemacytometer
  • Preparation/storage of media and reagents
  • Use of fluorescent microscope
  • Operate pipettes and centrifuges
  • Change and read Fyrite
  • Operation and daily maintenance of microscope
  • Operation and daily maintenance of biological safety cabinet
  • Operation of Thermotron chamber
  • Operation of pH meter

ENVIRONMENTAL / WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work in well-lighted and well-ventilated work areas
  • Potential exposure to infectious agents
  • Potential for chemical exposure

PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS

  • Ability to stand, walk or sit for an extended period of time
  • Ability for occasional stooping or kneeling
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard and manipulating pipettes
  • Communication skills using the spoken and written word
  • Requires eye/hand coordination
  • Ability to see within normal parameters and distinguish colors

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  • BS/BA in medical technology or related field and certification as a MT(ASCP), MLS (ASCP) or MT(CG)

    One or more years of experience in general medical laboratory procedures. This may include experience obtained during training.

    Experience in a clinical cytogenetics laboratory preferred

LICENSE OR CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  • Licensed by the State of Tennessee as a Special Analyst – Cytogenetics or eligible in accordance with the Tennessee Laboratory Licensing Act

    12 hours continuing education credits per year

Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Medical Technologist / Clinical Laboratory Scientist & Molecular Diagnostics / NGS

Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc. (MPLN) is a privately held, College of American Pathologists, New York State Department of Health and ISO15189 accredited molecular diagnostic laboratory specializing in oncology, infectious disease testing women's health testing and clinical trials.

Due to ongoing expansion, our laboratory has an immediate opening for a full-time Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist position.

This is a full-time day shift position Tuesday through Saturday.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsible for performing all tests accurately, efficiently and within specified time limits.
Participates in evaluation of new testing methodologies or equipment.
Able to demonstrate understanding and ability to operate semi-automate and automate equipment.
Responsible for inclusion, monitoring and recording of quality control values.
Able to verify, submit for report generation and sign out test results.
Able to communicate essential information with ordering doctor/nurse/facility when necessary.
Participation in competency evaluations in all areas of responsibility.
Able to perform and document preventive maintenance and minor troubleshooting of equipment.
Able to communicate with sales and technical representatives when necessary.
Able to work safely with hazardous chemicals and infectious substances.
Assist with instruction and training of new personnel.
Monitor inventory of supplies and reagents and order when appropriate.
Actively participates in continuing education programs deemed necessary to job performance.
Actively participate in all QA/QC programs.
Understand HIPAA guidelines regarding confidentiality and medical information.
Performs specialized testing and research projects
Operates semi-automated and automated equipment as well as performing manual testing procedures.
Monitors specimen quality.
Reviews and reports test results and notifies the ordering physician as required by policy. 
Recognizes abnormal test results and reviews for accuracy and validity referencing any unresolved questions to the supervisor.
Evaluates quality control results to determine if they meet established criteria and initiates corrective action when out of limits.
Checks instruments for proper function and calibration before use and makes minor repairs or corrections as needed.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

At least 2 years experience as a Medical Technologist

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED

BS/BA or MS in biology or a related field
ASCP MT Certification
Current licensure or be eligible for licensure by the State of Tennessee Department of Health-Related Boards
Molecular diagnostics/NGS experience is preferred
ENVIRONMENTAL / WORKING CONDITIONS
Work in well-lighted and ventilated work areas.
Moderate potential for exposure to infectious materials
Moderate exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances and/or hazardous materials.
Moderate potential for chemical exposure

PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS

Ability to stand, walk or sit for an extended period of time
Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
Communication skills using the spoken word
Requires eye/hand coordination
Ability to see within normal parameters and distinguish colors
Ability to hear within normal range.
Occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds.

MPLN values a diverse and collaborative workforce and strives to provide a satisfying and stimulating work environment and offers a competitive benefit package that includes a 401k plan, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as short- and long-term disability options.

Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.