Washington State Department of Personnel
Class Series Concept:
Perform procedures and research activities in the field of flow cytometry.
Perform procedures and/or research activities in a Flow Cytometry laboratory; and perform clerical,
quality control and recordkeeping procedures in support of the laboratory operation.
Under general direction, process specimens and perform flow cytometric analysis and interpretation
of data on varied tumor samples; prepare initial written report.
Interpret cell cycle data and histograms with respect to laboratory statistics and published
references/literature to determine predicted patient prognosis; correlate findings from medical
literature statistics with patient history, tumor or tissue type; prepare initial written report;
Sort cell preparations into highly resolved populations using single or dual laser flow cytometry;
Use computer programs associated with the cell cycle analysis to produce graphically displayed
statistics; evaluate adequacy and change computer software options as needed to improve the
Standardize and perform data acquisition on an analyzer using appropriate optics, light filters and
setting analysis conditions;
Record, interpret and report research data to build statistical base;
Conduct literature searches and adapt techniques to specific hospital and research needs;
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Prepare cell suspensions from tissue samples by selecting, according to tissue condition, the
protocol for appropriate preparation;
Maintain procedure manuals, quality control, quality assurance, and College of American Pathologists
Perform general laboratory duties such as preparing molar, normal and pH dependent solutions;
Perform routine maintenance on cell sorter and cell analyzer; tone machines;
Maintain laboratory instrumentation;
Perform related duties as required.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is
the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each
A Bachelor's Degree in a scientific field
One year of technical experience in a Flow Cytometry Laboratory
Class Specification History:
New Class: 3-3-89
Revise Class: 10-22-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 6334) effective July 1, 2007