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Medical Technologist II, Cellular Therapy

Company: American Red Cross
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: June 10, 2024

Job Description:

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By joining the American Red Cross you will touch millions of lives every year and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best. Are you ready to be part of the world's largest humanitarian network?
Join us-Where your Career is a Force for Good!
Job Description:
WHY CHOOSE US?
As one of the nation's premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. When you join our team, you have a direct impact on a meaningful mission, and you can help save lives every day. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity. Work where your career is a force for good.
We are committed to the diversity of our workforce and to delivering our programs and services in a culturally competent manner reflecting the communities we serve. Our work environment is collaborative, respectful, and inclusive with a focus on building allyship and a culture of belonging that empowers all team members. Come to learn, grow, and succeed while sharing your passion for making a difference.
The Red Cross supports a variety of cultural and community resource groups for employees and volunteers. From the Ability Network, our Asian American & Pacific Islander Resource Group, the Latino Resource Group, and Red Cross PRIDE, to the Umoja African American Resource Group, our Veterans+ Resource Group, and the Women's Resource Group, these networks provide connections, mentoring and help give voice to important concerns and opinions.
At the American Red Cross, your uniqueness can shine!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (Job Overview):
Under general guidance, process and cryopreserve Cellular Therapy products both in a laboratory and in a cleanroom (GMP manufacturing). Products may include the following: Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cells (HPCs/PBMCs), Mononuclear cells (MNC), and Packed Red Blood Cells (RBC). Provide support, development, and/or leadership guidance to all volunteers.
WHERE YOUR CAREER IS A FORCE FOR GOOD (Key Responsibilities):



  • Perform the moderately complex procedures/methods for Cellular Therapy products: mononuclear cell quantification (automated and manual/differentials), processing and cryopreservation (controlled rate freezing), liquid nitrogen storage, thawing or cryopreserved products, cell viability, product sterility testing, environmental monitoring, as well as other procedures that may be defined and performed as needed.


  • Perform the moderately complex procedures/methods for Contract Manufacturing products: Blood product Manufacturing in cleanrooms under GMP conditions, CBC (automated), endotoxin testing, sterility testing, environmental monitoring, as well as other procedures that may be defined and performed as needed.


  • Arrange and follow-up on the receipt or delivery of cellular therapy products from hospitals, and clinical sites, to the Red Cross or from the Red Cross, as needed. Distribute blood samples for testing to applicable internal or external laboratories.Maintain accurate inventory of Cellular Therapy product supplies as well as contract manufacturing supplies.


  • Review and interpret results. May prepare and review the final reports, written or electronic.


  • Maintain, edit, and review computer and manual records to ensure accurate record keeping. Maintain accurate, legible, and complete records. Document and log accurately and concurrently laboratory activities and patient/donor testing. Maintain an orderly workspace.


  • Perform daily equipment maintenance checks as directed. Perform routine maintenance, troubleshooting, repair/vendor communication, and validation of laboratory equipment and software maintenance.


  • Participate in working on special projects assigned and be responsible to analyze and summarize testing data. Assists in training personnel.


  • Assure that all laboratory activities performed follow the American Red Cross BSDs, state and federal regulations - including CFRs, local standard operating procedures, and FACT standards.


    Standard Schedule : Day shift with some flexibility required.
    WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED (Minimum Qualifications):


    • Bachelor's degree in a Biotech/Biological Science or Chemistry required.


    • Minimum 3 years of commercial/clinical laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and related experience required.


    • Preferentially, this should include either tissue culture /research in a GMP environment or blood banking and/or Hematology laboratory experience.


    • Knowledge of applicable principles, concepts, practices, and standards.


    • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.


    • Basic proficiency in use of Personal Computer, word-processing, spreadsheet applications, and database applications when applicable.


    • Must be able to comply with company's personal hygiene standards as they apply to aseptic processing.


    • Successfully complete sterile gowning training/qualification and aseptic process qualification (personal media fill) as well as annual/semiannual re-qualification as a core competency requirement of employment in this role.


    • Ability to work on a team.


      WHAT WILL GIVE YOU THE COMPETITIVE EDGE (Preferred Qualifications):


      • Medical Laboratory Technologist (ASCP) certification is preferred.


      • Tissue culture /research in a GMP environment or blood banking and/or Hematology laboratory experience


        Physical Requirements:
        The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.---You must be able to stand for long periods of time, repeat the same movements, and use your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. This job requires the ability to hear and speak clearly. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15---pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30---pounds. The work environment will consist of moderate noise. The employee must be able to react quickly using hands, fingers or feet. This job may require the employee to be able to bend, stretch, twist or reach out. This position will require the ability to use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods of time and the ability to keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position. Employee must be able to frequently use one or two hands to grasp, move or assemble objects.
        BENEFITS FOR YOU:
        We take care of you, while you take care of others. As a mission-based organization, we believe our team needs great support to do great work. Our comprehensive benefits help you in balancing home and work. With our resources and perks, you have amazing possibilities at the American Red Cross to advance the learn.


        • Medical, Dental Vision plans


        • Health Spending Accounts & Flexible Spending Accounts


        • PTO: Starting at 15 days a year; based on FLSA status and tenure


        • Holidays: 11 paid holidays comprised of six core holidays and five floating holidays


        • 401K with 5% match


        • Paid Family Leave


        • Employee Assistance


        • Disability and Insurance: Short + Long Term


        • Service Awards and recognition


          Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.
          The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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          Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday (https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/urgent-need-for-volunteers.html) to learn more, including our most-needed volunteer positions.
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