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MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE

University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on December 3, 2019
Req #: 169438
Department: LABORATORY MEDICINE
Posting Date: 11/06/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: MLS Trainee: $4,675 - $6,896 per month; MLS 1: $4,866 - $7,173 per month  
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Permanent Night Shift 
Notes: This position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.  

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 (100%) Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee, night shift. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) 1 or Trainee The Medical Laboratory Scientist – MLS 1 or Trainee position is a generalist, trained in Chemistry, Hematology, coagulation, microbiology.  MLS1 or Trainee will rotate and maintain competency in all areas where she/he was trained.     

GENERAL DUTIES:
  • Rotates and maintains competency in all sections where they have been trained and refers to the procedure when questions arise.
  • Understands and operates a variety of laboratory equipment that requires interpretative knowledge. (i.e. blood gas instruments, chemistry analyzers, GCMS, LCMS, Hematology differentials, Immunoassay analyzers, pectrophotometers, etc.). The technologist is 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 the content of WIKI procedures and policies and document review.
  • Understands quality control requirements, quality assurance requirements,and follows the procedures and policies to validate test results.
  • Works independently and manages average workloads and will ask for help when falling behind because of heavier than usual workloads. When tasks are completed, the technologist helps others and /or works on small projects.
  • Keeps work area clean and organized and returns equipment to appropriate location when finished. 
  • Keeps records neat, organized and legible.
  • Performs work accurately, precisely and recognizes, corrects, and documents errors when they occur.
  • In the absence of a MLS Lead or MLS-II, establishes priorities of work to be done in a section and communicates problems to the following shift.
  • Makes decisions based on written policies and require little assistance in prioritizing own workload when new situations arise.
  • 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. The MLS 1 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.  The MLS 1 checks the new lot of reagent as needed.
  • Provides training to new employees, medical laboratory scientist students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows in routine procedures/policies.
  • 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.
  • Receptive to new ideas and procedures and adapts to new routines and schedules as necessary.
  • Participates in departmental efforts to keep a safe environment for all staff and reports hazards and any unsafe work practices to the supervisor.
  • Provides bedside testing on a routine or emergency basis throughout the hospital as required.


  • MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee
    Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience.
    AND
    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.

    Medical Laboratory Scientist 1
    Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience.
    AND
    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.
    AND
    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.


    This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

    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 dso@uw.edu.