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 OR TRAINEE. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) performs laboratory tests, interprets results, and reports results in the laboratory information system.
Perform various PCR tests for the identification of bacteria, yeast, and parasites in the Molecular Diagnostic Division per laboratory protocols
Performs DNA extraction by manual methods, sets up PCR reactions, real-time PCR reactions and DNA sequencing reactions
Understands and operates a variety of molecular laboratory equipment (Qiacube DNA extractor, Qiagility liquid handler, Qiaxcel DNA analyzer, 3730xl DNA sequencer, Illumina DNA sequencer) and is able to perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting
Exhibits a working knowledge of the laboratory information system software and can teach it to others
Able to use the molecular database (MAD) to enter data, print worksheets, analyze DNA sequences, and prepare case reports
Able to use DNA analyzing software such as BLAST, BLAST2Tree and ClustalW
Understands quality control requirements and follows policies to validate results
Able to work independently to manage average workloads and knows when to request assistance in case of heavier workloads
Performs work accurately and precisely and recognizes, corrects and documents errors when they occur
Interacts with health care providers in a professional manner
Knows what results are critical or reportable and follows the policies and procedures for reporting them to appropriate medical staff, epidemiology, or Public Health Laboratory
Assists with the evaluation of new tests/equipment and research projects as required
Instructs new employees, medical laboratory students, medical students, residents, and fellows in routine procedures and is patient and tolerant with them
Continues education and maintain certification by attending Lab Medicine seminars, in services, staff meetings and/or by reading scientific journals and participating in CAP proficiency surveys
REQUIREMENTS: 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 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.
Requirements for MLS 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.
DESIRED: Experience in molecular biology lab work
Conditions of Employment: 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.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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