University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on July 6, 2020
Req #: 178532
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake
Posting Date: 07/02/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $5,706 - $8,411 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

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, day shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD.

  • Prepare, evaluate, and report direct smears including but not limited to: Gram stains, KOH preps, Pneumocystis DFA stains, Auramine-O stains, Kinyoun stains and Wright/Giemsa
  • Perform various tests for the identification of bacteria, yeast, mold, and parasites on the routine benches
  • Perform susceptibility tests (disk diffusion, E-test, MIC and other methods) on pathogens
  • Perform various serological procedures including PCR, EIA and latex agglutinations
  • Rotate and maintain competency in all sections where he/she has been trained
  • Understand and operate a variety of laboratory equipment (i.e. automated blood culture system, mass spectrometry instrument, automated susceptibility system, Verigene, BioFire, Cepheid Gene Expert, microscopes, biological safety cabinet and anoxomat) and perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Exhibit a working knowledge of the laboratory information system software and teach it to others
  • Understand quality control requirements and follow policies to validate results
  • Perform work accurately and precisely and recognize, correct, and document errors when they occur
  • Interact with health care providers in a professional manner
  • Recognize which results are critical or reportable and follow the policies and procedures for reporting them to appropriate medical staff, epidemiology or Public Health Laboratory
  • Evaluate new tests/equipment and research projects as required
  • Instruct new employees, medical laboratory scientist students, medical students, residents and fellows in routine procedures and is patient and tolerant with them
  • Continue education and maintain certification by attending laboratory medicine seminars, in-services, staff meetings and/or by reading scientific journals and participating in CAP proficiency surveys
  • Regularly review the work of other MLS and provide feedback and needed corrections
  • Is in charge of a section and will write, review and revise procedures for that area
  • Consult with Health Service Manager and Faculty Director about cost analysis, purchasing, technical problems, and policies
  • May provide input to the Manager on interviewing, hiring, and evaluating employees
  • May provide counseling, mentoring, and immediate feedback to section or division staff
  • May recommend disciplinary action to the manager and participate in the in the action process
  • May be responsible for the accreditation preparation and ongoing accreditation readiness

    Accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Science Or equivalent education/experience
    Medical laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent, or certification with a specialty organization appropriate to the microbiology laboratory
    Three years of professional experience including one year as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 or equivalent
  • 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