Cytogenetics Technologist I

Company Overview

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.
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Job Description

The Cytogenetics Lab located at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is seeking a Cytogenetic Technologist, to perform karyotype and FISH procedures as well as state of the art molecular technologies to discover novel genetic and clinically useful chromosome and molecular biomarkers. The Cytogenetic Technologist will be part of the team performing conventional cytogenetic, FISH, and several microarray testing protocols on various tumor sample types. The position requires wet-bench lab experience and understanding of molecular cytogenetics.

You will:

  • Under general supervision, carries out cytogenetic analysis of specimens received by the laboratory.
  • Performs culture initiation, harvesting and chromosome analysis with minimal supervision. Identifies routine cytogenetic abnormalities.
  • Completes diagnostic reports while maintaining quality of work within established time frames.
  • Perform laboratory bench work according to established and approved Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Review all test requests thoroughly for errors, omissions, clarity, and potential problems.
  • Follow unidirectional flow of specimen handling to avoid contamination.
  • Help maintain commonly used equipment.  Resolve minor equipment problems. 
  • Operate equipment carefully and according to procedures. Perform necessary equipment checks, performance testing, preventive maintenance, and quality control on equipment per laboratory guidelines, as assigned.  Assure equipment and instruments meet performance standards.  Record results.
  • Maintain compliance with clinical genetic testing regulatory agencies and proficiency programs (CAP, CLIA, NYS Department of Health).
  • Verifies requisitions and labels; records patient information.


You Have:

  • BS in Medical Technology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or related life sciences field with experience working in a Cytogenetics laboratory, with 1 year of chromosomal microarray (SNP-Array and/or aCGH) preferred.
  • NYS Clinical Laboratory Technologist License Required
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good laboratory and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently and efficiently are essential
  • Ability to multitask, along with an orientation toward teamwork and leadership
  • Strong creative thinking and problem solving skills


  • Flexibility to work weekends and evenings
  • 11am-7pm



MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  


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