University of Washington
    Seattle, WA 98101
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    Job Description

    The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department currently employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.

    The Laboratory Medicine department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, first shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE. Under general supervision, the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) 1 or Trainee performs, at a professional level of moderate to high complexity, manual and automated clinical diagnostic tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions.

  • Understands and operates a variety of laboratory equipment that requires interpretative knowledge (i.e. blood gas instruments, chemistry analyzers, HPLC, AA Spectrophotometry, GCMS, LCMS, Hematology differentials, Immunoassay analyzers, spectrophotometers, etc.)
  • Able to perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting measures
  • Exhibits a working knowledge of laboratory information system software, middleware, and other relevant software
  • Accesses and understands content of WIKI procedures and policies and document review
  • Understands quality control requirements, quality assurance requirements, and follows policies to validate test results
  • Works independently and manages average workloads, asking for help when falling behind due to heavier than usual workloads
  • When tasks are completed, helps others and/or works on small projects
  • Keeps work area clean and organized and returns equipment to appropriate location when finished so others can follow with minimum disruptions
  • Keeps records neat, organized, and legible so others can follow with minimum disruptions
  • Performs work accurately and precisely and recognizes, corrects, and documents errors when they occur
  • Interacts with health care providers and co-workers in a professional manner
  • In the absence of a MLS Lead or MLS 2, establishes priorities of work to be done in a section and communicates problems to the following shift
  • Knows the defined critical limits for all tests, reports them to appropriate medical staff, and documents the information according to laboratory policy
  • Assists with evaluation of new tests/equipment and incorporates checkout samples into the routine flow of work
  • Performs inventory in assigned area; unpacks, labels and puts away supplies rotating stock as needed
  • Communicates to MLS Lead/MLS 2 when any item is getting low
  • Calculates concentrations, prepares, verifies, and documents the making of reagents, controls, and standards
  • Provides training to new employees, medical laboratory scientist students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows in routine procedures/policies
  • Acts as a resource to other resource personnel, including Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Specimen Processing Technicians
  • Attends Lab Medicine related seminars, in-services, staff meetings and/or reads scientific journals to ensure continuing education
  • Is receptive to new ideas and procedures and adapts to new routines and schedules as necessary. The MLS 1 participates in departmental efforts to keep a safe environment for all staff and reports hazards and any unsafe work practices to the supervisor
  • Knows the location of safety information and SDS manuals and accesses information in response to queries or emergency situations
  • Follows all rules regarding preparation and processing of samples for transport and/or testing
  • Provides bedside testing on a routine or emergency basis throughout the hospital as required

    This position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.

    Requirements for MLS Trainee:
    Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience
    Eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Science certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, with successful completion and certification within one year from date of hire. Failure of Medical Laboratory Science graduates to attain certification within one year of date of hire will result in a recommendation for termination.

    Requirements for MLS 1:
    Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience
    Current Medical Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization; or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division.
    One year of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee. Up to one year of on-the-job experience performing clinical testing in a Medical Laboratory Science Program externship may count towards the experience requirement.

    Employees working in Laboratory Medicine may be required to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, i.e. UWMC, HMC, CHRMC, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SCCA, Roosevelt, etc.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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    Posting ID: 554941445Posted: 2020-07-09