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 now 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.Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100%) MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 2 (MLS 2). The MLS 2 in the Retrovirology Laboratory to support clinical testing by performing and monitoring high-level HIV testing assays such as: enzyme immunoassays (EIAs), chemiluminescent immunoassays (CMIAs), lateral flow immunoassays and nucleic acid amplification assays (PCRs). Assist with development of PCR-based Laboratory Developed Assays (LDAs). Perform ddPCR utilizing Bio-Rad QX100/QX200 Droplet Digital PCR system with QuantaSoft analysis software. Extract HIV-1 DNA/RNA employing manual methods and Abbott m2000sp, Qiagen QIAcube platforms. Verify performance of clinical FDA approved assays and validate LDAs, including data analysis and documentation. Draft SOPs and training manuals for new assays/procedures and revise SOPs of existing protocols, maintain personnel training records and safety records, assist in coordinating audit visits. Design assay reporting spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel that combine sample data and exported test results from analyzers, perform necessary calculations, and create final result reports with minimal manual data entry. Perform and troubleshoot new assay development. Cost account routine and lab-developed assays. Train new employees and guest technicians in experimental procedures and assays and standard clinical testing, advise/troubleshooting problems of the MLS trainees, MLS1s, CLTs and Specimen Processing Technicians.General Duties:Under general direction, perform, monitor and/or support clinical retrovirus diagnostic laboratory tests such as: enzyme immunoassays (EIAs), chemiluminescent immunoassays (CMIAs), lateral flow immunoassays and nucleic acid amplification assays (PCRs);Record, evaluate and interpret test results; contact appropriate personnel for tests with unusual or critical findings;Optimize procedures and troubleshoot problems that require a comprehensive understanding of laboratory testing of moderate to high complexity testing such as HIV-1 and 2 Combo assays, HIV-1 and 2 Geenius assays, and HIV nucleic acid PCRs.Perform and troubleshoot new assay development and validate new assays; Prepare validation plan and summary report documents;Cost-account assays;Perform viable PBMC processing, separation, freezing and thawing;Train new employees, guest technicians, post-doctoral fellows, and residents in experimental procedures and assays, laboratory safety and database maintenance;Assist in preparing for annual external audits for laboratory certifications (DAIDS and CAP);Assure that quality control requirements are met to validate test results; record data and maintain continual quality assurance program; utilize electronic quality control system;Utilize laboratory information system, as well as division-based computer systems (HAWS and LDMS) for test result entry and/or data acquisition;Assist Lead administratively by maintaining the following records for lab sections in 2 buildings: MYCHEM, reviewing equipment PM and service records, and updating SOP's as needed; Act as a designated resource/trainer for other lab personnel including Medical Laboratory Scientist trainees and Medical Laboratory Scientist 1's, Clinical Laboratory Technicians;Continuing education: keep ASCP or other certification up to date per guidelines of National Organization;Perform related duties as required.Requirements:Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory OR equivalent education/experience; AND Current Medical Laboratory Scientist certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization; or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division, AND Two years of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or equivalent experience.Desirables:Experience validating FDA-approved and Laboratory-Developed assays;Experience cost-accounting laboratory assays;Experience with HIV testing assays: enzyme immunoassays (EIA's); chemiluminescent immunoassays (CMIAs), lateral flow immunoassays and nucleic acid amplification assays (PCRs)Experience using LDMS, HAWS and Excel programs.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.
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