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Pathologist / Lab Director -Molecular Oncology

Milwaukee, WI · Job ID: 9890 · · Industry: Molecular

Lighthouse Lab Services is representing a large hospital system in Milwaukee, WI.
The Molecular department  is seeking a Laboratory Director to oversee the management, advancement, and operational efficiency of the Histology and Molecular Oncology Units.

Under the direction and in close partnership with the Medical Director, the Laboratory Director provides clinical and scientific direction to the Histology and Molecular Oncology Units of Clinical Diagnostics, including case review, clinical consultation, protocol development, and associated assay development.

This key leader serves as a partner for the Department Medical Director and Center Director to define research and development priorities, validate and implement new commercial assays and services, and provide superior leadership to the laboratory teams. As the Laboratory Director, this leader also contributes to strategic planning and implementation of the Clinical Diagnostics & Research Division as a whole, including development of goals, collaborations, partnerships, and growth initiatives.

The Laboratory Director should have strong knowledge of CAP and CLIA clinical laboratory regulations, including direct experience in regulatory management and accreditation. The ideal candidate will also be able to deliver collaborative technical expertise in their areas of experience in a centralized, cross-functional Precision Medicine center.

Primary Functions


  • Contribute to the development of the clinical vision for the Division in partnership with the Medical Director and Center Director.


  • Work closely with the Department Director, Medical Director, Administrative & Business offices, and respective Leadership teams in the development and implementation of commercial assays and services in accordance with the established mission and vision of the Center; serve as a conduit between business operations, commercial teams, prospective clients of the Center

  • Develop goals for the Histology and Molecular Oncology Units, lead efforts for process planning and achieving, and manage and track progress and success; act as the source of metrics and measures of success for functions and initiatives across these two units.


  • Management and continuous enhancement of the Histology and Molecular Oncology Units’ standard operating procedures, as well as compliance with applicable federal, state, local, and CAP / CLIA regulations and expectations.


  • Ensure oversight for molecular diagnostic testing quality control and assurance, including setting standards and best practices for new genetic tests and procedures, and lead initial and annual review of both Units’ SOPs.


  • Work in close partnership with the Medical Director, WES/WGS Laboratory Director, Research & Development committee, and Bioinformatics Service Line and Research & Development Units on collaborative development of tools for analyzing NGS data; work in close partnership with the Molecular Medical Director and a variety of internal and external teams across the Center, MCW, and the greater Milwaukee Regional Medical Campus as a subject matter expert in clinical diagnostic testing.


  • Actively participate and lead initiatives to improve patient care and Center operations, ensuring proactive planning for healthcare delivery with a spirit of creativity and futurism; partner with a variety of internal and external partners, including physicians, scientists, and laboratory management and staff to identify, evaluate, and actualize opportunities for new and / or improved diagnostic assays.


  • Review patient tissue samples and assess tumor percentage, and evaluate, interpret, report, and communicate testing parameters and patient results with efficiency, accuracy, and integrity; analyze and organize data for the review of Center and Institutional leadership; review and recommend findings for application in presentations at scientific meetings and relevant internal and external publications.


  • Attend leadership meetings, tumor boards, and related meetings as applicable.


Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Excellent interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, time management, and analytical skills, and demonstration of effective written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to navigate a complex organizational structure, independently seek resources, and act proactively and strategically.

Strong familiarity and experience in managing internal and external quality and regulatory controls, expectations, and assurances.

Experience with development and management of workflows and pipelines in production environments, as well as experience in high-performance computing and / or cloud-based environments.

Superior expertise and demonstrated proficiency in technical molecular genetics laboratory procedures and knowledge of high-throughput genotyping platforms and automated sequencing methods.

Ability to be self-driven and work both independently as well as well in a collaborative, cross-function and interdisciplinary team with a dedication to partnership, responsiveness, and communication.

Experience in test development, validation, and implementation, as well as a strong history of demonstrated translational research and technology transfer, as evidenced by grant support of publication.

In-depth familiarity with molecular genetics and molecular biology, understanding of clinical medicine, especially in the areas of oncology and genetics; and strong competence in molecular oncology and anatomic pathology in research and clinical settings.

Position Requirements: 


Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on equivalent basis

Minimum Required Education:               MD or MD/PhD with training in Molecular Genetics or related field

Minimum Certification:                           Certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and/or Clinical Pathology with subspecialty certification in Molecular Genetic Pathology

Minimum Required Experience:              1-3  years and a fellowship in molecular genetic pathology; experience working in a high complexity clinical molecular genetics and / or pathology laboratory that performs next generation sequencing (NGS); experience reviewing, interpreting, and communicating test data; has held a CLIA license and managed a high complexity laboratory under CLIA and CAP regulations. The faculty appointment is anticipated to be at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level in the traditional (tenure) track, commensurate with experience.


Lighthouse Lab Services specializes in recruiting Clinical Laboratory Professionals. We have over 10 years of proven success placing job seekers in positions ranging from entry level Medical Technologists to seasoned Laboratory Directors. We recruit nationwide, with clients ranging from small hospitals in rural Maine to large reference laboratories on the shores of Hawaii and everything in between.

It is the policy of Lighthouse Recruiting to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Lighthouse Recruiting will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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