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, MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1. This is a fixed-term position with an anticipated duration of 6-12 months. The Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 (MLS 1) will perform clinical virology diagnostic laboratory tests; record, evaluate and interpret test results; and contact appropriate personnel for tests with unusual or critical findings.
Assist in developing, following procedures and/or troubleshooting procedures and problems that may or may not include actual wet lab involvement, but requires a comprehensive understanding of laboratory testing gained from a foundation of medical laboratory science training and experience performing moderate to high complexity testing
Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance to laboratory instruments and related equipment
Assure that quality control requirements are met to validate test results; record data and maintain continual quality assurance program; utilize electronic quality control system.
Proficiency required in computer systems and programs such as Microsoft Word & Excel
Proficient in laboratory information system, discipline-specific middleware, as well as all institution-based computer system for test result entry and/or data acquisition
Assist in instruction and training of new employees, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and students
Act as a resource to other lab personnel including Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Specimen Processing Technicians
Assist in the design, development and evaluation of new procedures/processes
Prepare and verify the quality of reagents, standards, and control samples
Continuing education: keep ASCP or other certifications up to date
Perform related duties as required
REQUIREMENTS: 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.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Offers for employment are contingent upon education and certification verification. Equivalency evaluation required for non-US trained personnel by an approved foreign credentialing agency.
It will be necessary to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, especially at Harborview Medical Center. In addition, less frequent work effort will be required at other UW School of Medicine locations (e.g., South Lake Union) and Seattle-area healthcare institutions.
Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather
Must be able to meet with all shifts on a regular basis
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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