The Histocompatibility Specialist 1 performs an advanced variety of clinical Laboratory tests to determine donor/recipient compatibility. Work requires professional level of knowledge in order to gather and interpret data. Communicates with Transplant Programs and Donor Banks to remain current on donor and patient status. Serves as resource to other staff in the Laboratory areas.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Performs Histocompatibility testing including HLA (human leukocyte antigen) tissue typing on solid organ recipients, bone-marrow recipients and potential donors.
Performs antibody screening to determine presence of antibodies and performs crossmatches to predict compatibility between recipients and donors.
Analyzes and records test results accurately and prepares test reports; notifies appropriate medical staff when necessary.
Cleans and performs routine maintenance and calibration of instruments. Performs quality control on reagents, equipment and techniques.
Prepares blood collection kits and mails to patients and potential donors. Prepares cells for freezing and serum storage on patients and donors.
Remains knowledgeable of current trends in Histocompatibility testing including HLA typing, crossmatching, and lymphocyte antibody screens and transplant protocol.
Teaches new employees, pathology residents, and medical technology students, as needed.
May be responsible for one or more of the following duties; maintenance of the quality control program in the Transplant Immunology Lab, checking the database for accuracy of results entered, principal instructor for the teaching program, assuming the responsibility of lead technologist in one or more of the technical areas of the Laboratory, assists the Senior Clinical Histocompatibility Specialists in making the daily rotation schedule and the on-call schedule for the Laboratory, assists the Laboratory Manager with the tray maps and the make-up of the preliminary crossmatch trays, acts as Safety Coordinator for the Laboratory.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
Knowledge of laboratory regulations, protocols and procedures.
Analytical and critical thinking abilities.
Ability to comprehend and communicate instructions.
Ability to perform laboratory protocols and procedures.
Skill in the use of computers and related software applications.
Knowledge of safety and infection control standards.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Our competitive benefits package includes the following - Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits - 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% - Tuition Reimbursement - PTO accrual beginning Day 1 Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level
Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. With a commitment to and a track record of innovation, collaboration, integrity and compassion for the patient, BSWH stands to be one of the nation’s exemplary health care organizations. Our mission is to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing. Joining our team is not just accepting a job, it’s accepting a calling!