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Genomic Development Specialist

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Job ID: 153972
Category: Technician/Technologists
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Work Schedule: Day Shift

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?


  • The Genomic Development Specialist performs a vital role in developing new clinical assays in the Division of Precision and Computational Diagnostics.  The Development Specialist will work closely with a team of laboratory professionals to design and perform experiments with the goal of implementing clinical assays that meet rigorous validation standards while promoting operational efficiency. The successful candidate will be meticulous in the performance of complex laboratory procedures, possess strong critical thinking and organizational skills, and communicate effectively in a team-oriented environment.


  • Essential Accountabilities:
  • Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders (clinicians, vendors, faculty, staff) to develop new clinical assays for the laboratory
  • Assists in construction of and adheres to realistic timelines for implementation of assays in development
  • Coordinates resources (IS support, vendor involvement, and wet lab participation) in order to ensure adherence to established timelines
  • Assists in the development of operating procedures and protocols for newly developed tests
  • Evaluates instruments, reagents, and supplies related to new test development
  • Clinical laboratory Activities
  • Contributes to training of laboratory personnel
  • Applies knowledge and skills to perform complex laboratory procedures in support of new test development
  • Follows laboratory policies and procedures related to pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical activities
  • Assists in maintaining adequate inventory levels of relevant supplies and reagents to support test development activities
  • Maintains confidentiality of health information on all patients
  • Quality Improvement
  • Participates in quality management and performance improvement activities
  • Identifies issues/factors that adversely affect test performance
  • As assigned, performs quality control activities and maintains documentation as required by regulatory agencies
  • Other Functions
  • Participate in the broader molecular community through presentations and publications in collaboration with faculty, staff, and trainees
  • Attend, participate, and facilitate Development meeting in the lab and in the division.
  • Attend and participate in other laboratory meetings
  • Participate in the teaching/training of technologists, MGP fellows, pathology residents, and medical students
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Molecular Development Assistant Director or Manager


    Education or Equivalent Experience:

    • Master of Arts or Science (Required)
    • Molecular biology, genetics, or related field 4+ years Performance of molecular laboratory procedures with a focus on test development activities
    • Ph.D. (Required)
    • Molecular biology, genetics, or related field 2+ years Performance of molecular laboratory procedures with a focus on test development activities

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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