Position:  Andrologist
Location:  Austin, TX
Job Id:  288
# of Openings:  0

Prelude is a comprehensive fertility company focused on providing people with the best options for meeting their family-building goals. Using a proactive approach to fertility care, Prelude aims to improve people's chances of having healthy babies when they are ready. Founded in 2016 by serial entrepreneur Martín Varsavsky, Lee Equity Partners, Reproductive Biology Associates and MyEggBank, the company was established to give men and women more reproductive choices and greater control over their biological clocks. By coupling earlier decision making with the latest reproductive science and technology, Prelude can increase the probability of having a healthy baby and decrease the chances of requiring infertility therapy later in life.
We have a successful lab in Austin who is looking to add an Andrologist to the team. Our Andrologist will perform all the laboratory procedures in Andrology including preparation of semen samples for artificial inseminations and IVF, cryopreservation of sperm, and complete semen analysis as assessed by World Health Organization (WHO) standards.
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Performs comprehensive semen analysis, including sperm count, motility, progression, morphology, and viability (if indicated).
  • Prepares semen for intrauterine insemination and IVF.
  • Performs semen cryopreservation procedures for the short and long-term storage of patient specimens. This includes conducting an annual inventory of the storage specimens and assisting when necessary in storage billing procedure. 
  • Performs laboratory quality control (QC) and quality assessment (QA) procedures.  Participates in quality improvement (QI) programs and supports and actively participates in initiatives designed to improve individual and organizational performance.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth by the laboratory director along with the governing bodies that provide the licenses and standards for the clinical laboratory.
  • Follows proper handling and processing procedures for all semen specimens according to WHO guidelines.  Follows all laboratory SOPs and OSHA guidelines including universal precautions for blood borne pathogens.
  • Communicate with patients in a sensitive manner regarding specimen collection procedures.
  • Ensures labeling of vials and tubes with patient's identifying information related to chain of custody documentation.
  • Ensures specimens are handled in a timely fashion. Prepares reports of laboratory results for physicians in accordance with procedures.
  • Ensures proper disposal of all biohazard wastes, including sharps/needles.
  • Maintains liquid nitrogen tanks.
  • Prepares media for various assays.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, and in keeping with policies, procedures and standards of patient care and initiatives toward continuous improvement at the individual and organizational level
  • Directly reports to Laboratory Supervisor as well as attending monthly laboratory meetings.
Education and/or Experience:
  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Physical or Biological Sciences, or related field from an accredited four-year institution is required. 
  • 1 year prior laboratory experience
  • Ability to participate in a rotating schedule that includes some weekends, holidays and early morning or late afternoon hours.

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