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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 Medical Laboratory Scientist Lead. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Lead regularly assigns, instructs, and checks the work of others. This position will lead the professional, technical work performed by MLS 1's, MLS 2's, and MLS Trainees in Clinical Chemistry. This position also exercises expertise in development, evaluation, and performance of new or specialty procedures and coordinates the development and evaluation of new laboratory tests and procedures. In addition, the MLS Lead performs and provides high level support at a professional level of moderate to high complexity manual and automated clinical diagnostic tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions. The MLS Lead will also perform administrative functions and will be responsible for other duties as assigned.
Provides daily leadership in the section to which they are assigned
Establishes priorities of work to be done and assigns specific activities to MLSs, students, etc.
Maintains theoretical and technical expertise for all procedures within assigned section
Provides in-services and keeps staff informed and involved as changes occur in their section
Communicates with manager and faculty regarding the ongoing operation of the section, and keeps them informed of important issues as needed
Manages staff within a section by providing fair and immediate feedback to individuals and reassigns the MLSs to maintain the workflow and increase the efficiency
Participates in the mentorship process and provides professional growth
Works with faculty to resolve assay problems and/or improve methodologies as appropriate
Knows CAP and JC regulations and actively assesses, initiates, and monitors compliance within the section
Is responsible for accreditation preparation and ongoing accreditation readiness
Oversees Quality Assurance within the section including QC, maintenance documentation, procedure review/update, training and competency, etc.
Monitors and documents teaching and training of MLSs, MLS students, post-doctoral fellows and residents within the section
Develops and maintains training and competency logs for all of the tests performed in the section
Directs and reviews preventive maintenance and instrument care activities by MLSs, Scientific Instrument Division members, and by manufacturer's representatives.
Communicates service-related problems as needed and coordinates with medical staff or research center testing customers
Orders routine and specially needed supplies for their section ensuring the section is well stocked
Reviews expenses for a section when designated by the manager
Coordinates and participates in method evaluation and development
Assists with follow-up or special studies for the faculty, including gathering statistics, cost analysis, training, etc.
Understands and utilizes basic and advanced functions in the LIS (e.g.-- MAQ, MQ, QC, LO, ANIQ, LJ, XXX, RE, and MIQ functions) and teaches these functions to MLSs and students as needed
Maintains sufficient skill with personal computers to use e-mail as a communication tool, Word for preparing and editing documents, and Excel for data reduction
Maintains WIKI procedures including creating, editing, retiring procedures and policies with input and collaboration from the Director
Understands the computer middleware and assures computer interface requirements are validated and meets CAP requirement
With delegated authority, authorizes overtime activities for MLSs working in the section
Continues education by attending Lab Medicine related seminars, in-services, staff meetings and/or by reading scientific journals
Coordinates with the Laboratory Safety Officer in ensuring a safe working environment
May provide input to the manager in the interviewing, hiring and evaluation of employees
May counsel, mentor, and provide immediate feedback to MLSs and recommend disciplinary action to manager; may participate in the disciplinary action process
Performs other duties as required when directed by supervisory personnel
Meets all competencies for Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 and 2
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.
Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience
Medial Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent, or certification with a specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division
Three years of professional experience including one year as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 or equivalent
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 undergra...duate 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.