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  • Cytogenetics Technologist

    Location US-WI-Madison
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  • The Organization

    WiCell serves stem cell researchers around the world by providing high quality stem cell products and services with unsurpassed customer service. WiCell strives to make a positive difference in research that will ultimately provide cures and improve the human condition. To accomplish this, WiCell has a team of enthusiastic, passionate people who share purpose, values and goals that promote an environment emphasizing professionalism, respect, and communication. The organization offers an extraordinary work environment built around a multi-disciplinary team, state-of-the-art facilities, mentorship, and a strong partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This position offers the chance to join a growing organization focused on providing professional growth opportunities for our team members, and putting you in the best position to have a meaningful role in supporting stem cell research worldwide. For additional information about WiCell please visit: www.wicell.org

    The Opportunity

    WiCell is looking for a capable and dedicated Cytogenetics Technologist to join our team.  We use standard cytogenetic techniques to aid in the characterization of human pluripotent stem cells. We offer g-banded chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), spectral karyotyping (SKY), short tandem repeat (STR) analysis, SNP microarray, and other testing to stem cell researchers around the world.


    The Cytogenetics Technologist will perform a variety of laboratory techniques including stem cell culture, metaphase harvest, slide preparation and banding, G-band and FISH analysis, case review, and report drafting.


    Cytogenetics Technologist responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Analysis of G-banded chromosomes or FISH preparations
    • Review, interpretation, and reporting of complex and routine test results
    • Culture of pluripotent cells in a sterile environment
    • Harvesting, dropping, and staining of pluripotent cells
    • FISH/ SKY set up
    • Analysis of microarray results
    • Operation and troubleshooting of the scanner and tray loader
    • Development of new protocols or assays
    • Reviewing and revising version controlled documents
    • Accessioning of samples
    • Communication with clients in a professional manner regarding results and technical questions
    • Time management to accomplish established priorities
    • Delivering complete accuracy throughout all steps of the analysis
    • Occasional weekend or holiday harvest and culture coverage


    Basic Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related science (BS or BA)
    • Minimum of two years of laboratory experience
    • Experience in the analysis of G-banded chromosome preparations
    • Ability to interpret results using ISCN
    • Skill in sterile culture technique


    The ideal candidate would possess:

    • American Society for Clinical Pathology Certification in Cytogenetics or eligibility to take the certification exam
    • Knowledge in the following assays: microarray, FISH, SKY, nucleic acid extraction
    • Experience in culturing human pluripotent stem cells
    • A high degree of accuracy, reliability, and responsibility
    • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
    • Strong oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with others in a laboratory setting
    • Familiarity with Applied Spectral Imaging software



    Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume online as one document within the career section.


    WiCell promotes and supports an inclusive and diverse environment and offers competitive pay and benefits.


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