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    Cellular Therapy Senior Lab Technician

    American Red Cross
    Philadelphia, PA 19019
    Full-time, Part-time
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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?

    Job Description:


    Senior Technologist II, processes and cryopreserves Cellular Therapy products both in a laboratory and in a cleanroom (GMP manufacturing). Performs testing on all Cellular Therapy products, as well as other Manufactured blood products. Testing may include,but not limited to the following: CBC (automated cell counts), viability, manual differentials, Flow Cytometry Assays, bacterial cultures, Endotoxin, bacterial gram stain, Osmotic Fragility. Products may includebut are not limited to the following: Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cells (HPCs), Mononuclear cells (MNC), Packed Red Blood Cells (pRBC).

    Schedule flexibility is required due to the nature of our business. Will work 1st or 2nd shift hours.

    • Is familiar with all procedures and methods used in the Cellular Therapy Laboratory.
    • Assists in the development of new written procedures or revisions of current procedures, as required to meet departmental needs.
    • Assists in the development of new assays, as required to meet departmental needs.
    • Is familiar with the requirements of maintaining a GMP/GLP environment.


    • MT (ASCP) or equivalent - 2.5 years of laboratory experience required, preferably in Blood Banking and Hematology.
    • MLT (ASCP) - 4.5 years of laboratory experience, preferably in Blood Banking and Hematology
    • BS - 2.5 years of tissue culture/research experience preferably in a GMP environment.
    • Other experience of special value to the Red Cross Cellular Therapy Laboratory.
    • At least 6 months of experience working in the Cellular Therapy Laboratory as a Senior Technologist I and overall acceptable job performance.
    • Should have comprehensive knowledge of basic blood component processing and general blood bank techniques, as well as, stem cell processing techniques and principles; knowledge of basic hematology, i.e reading of manual differentials, cell counting methods (both automated and manual). Other experience/knowledge helpful but not required: flow cytometry, tissue culture techniques.
    • Must be able to recognize problems and determine solutions.
    • Must have excellent communication skills to solicit information, teach and communicate problems and ideas.
    • Must have excellent math skills.
    • Must be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel.
    • Must have an excellent aseptic technique and be able to work in a GMP environment (Class 10,000 cleanroom).
    • Must be able to work independently.
    • Must be able to coordinate the activities of several departments for the success of the project.


    • Assure that all laboratory activities performed to follow the American Red Cross BSDs, state and federal regulations - including CFRs, local standard operating procedures, and FACT standards.
    • Become proficient with all procedures/methods and testing used in the Cellular Therapy Laboratory: Understand and follow the scheduling of Cellular Therapy products and services for regional hospitals.
    • Arrange and follow-up on the receipt or delivery of cellular therapy products from hospitals, clinical sites, to the Red Cross or from the Red Cross, as needed.
    • Perform the procedures/methods and testing currently performed on 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, flow cytometry, environmental monitoring, as well as other procedures that may be defined and performed as needed.
    • Perform the procedures/methods and testing currently performed in Contract Manufacturing products: Blood product Manufacturing in cleanrooms under GMP conditions, CBC (automated), endotoxin testing, sterility testing, Osmotic Fragility testing, Enzymatic reaction assay, environmental monitoring, as well as other procedures that may be defined and performed as needed.
    • Distribute blood samples for testing to applicable laboratories at the American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region (ARC-PJ), or ship to outside reference labs for additional applicable testing.
    • Maintain accurate inventory of Cellular Therapy product supplies as well as contract manufacturing supplies.
    • Perform equipment quality control, preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting.
    • Document and log accurately and concurrently laboratory activities and patient/donor testing.
    • Assists in training all personnel in the Cellular Therapy Lab: Develops and updates training plans. Trains staff to perform procedures as outlined in laboratory SOPs. Plans and presents operational in-services. Retrains staff as needed to perform new or modified SOPs. Documents all training activities.
    • Assists in the development of new assays or procedures, as required to meet departmental needs: Attends meetings and continuing education programs to keep abreast of relevant innovations in the field of Cellular Therapy. Assists in developing or modifying SOPs for which such innovations are applicable. Develop process control plans including new equipment qualification and process change control plans.
    • Data entry of all patient/product information and testing into a computer database.
    • Retrieval of patient/product information from the computer database.
    • Generate procedures and reports using MS Word, Excel, and Access.
    • Each laboratory staff is expected to participate in the quality control effort by Running controls; Repeating runs when controls fail; Participating in proficiency testing; Recording daily temperatures, monitoring equipment (i.e. refrigerators, centrifuges, water baths, etc.); Performs preventive maintenance of equipment, and Maintain a neat and clean environment; Organize workflow and prioritize so that work is done efficiently; Observe safety rules with regards to chemical hygiene and handling of Liquid Nitrogen and biohazardous samples; Follow aseptic technique when processing products; Follow all GMP/GLP requirements for processing products, testing, and training; Perform additional jobs that may be needed for the efficient functioning of the laboratory, and Identify and maintain laboratory reagents and records.


    The American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region has a fundamental principle of "Service Excellence." The total objective of Service Excellence is a major responsibility of each Red Cross staff member and volunteer.

    The services provided by this position are critical to the following:

    • Patients, i.e. cancer patients
    • Donors
    • Hospital Transplant Centers
    • Clinical Trial Sites
    • Medical Director Direct Patient Care Services Department
    • Operations of Cellular Therapy Program at Penn-Jersey Region American Red Cross.

    The principles critical to Service Excellence are:

    • All laboratory staff will strive to process and produce safe, effective, and high-quality blood products in adequate numbers and an efficient manner to ensure maximum customer satisfaction 100% of the time.
    • All laboratory staff will work to satisfy not only our customers but also work to the mutual advantage of all other Red Cross department, staff, volunteers, suppliers, and other groups significantly related to the Red Cross.
    • All laboratory staff will work to contribute to society by demonstrating how people of all races, creeds, and colors can work together cooperatively to the benefit of each and all.
    • All laboratory supervisors will work to create a climate that stimulates, challenges, and channels intelligence, ingenuity, and needs of the employees to the fulfillment of the organization's goals and provide them with a sense of achievement and participation in the results of success.
    • All laboratory supervisors will work to meet deadlines for the delivery of products and services from their laboratories. When mitigating circumstances arise, all efforts will be made to notify the customer and negotiate an acceptable compromise.

    As part of the world's largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross places top priority on the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, blood donors, and those who receive our aid and services. Our commitment to public health is unwavering-both during the COVID-19 pandemic and year-round.


    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.

    The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering its employee's professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit environment. To be considered for this position, please to apply.

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    Posting ID: 600943435Posted: 2021-01-21