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 1 or Trainee. The Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 (MLS 1) or Trainee 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.
Rotates and maintains competency in all sections trained
Understands and operates a variety of laboratory equipment that requires interpretative knowledge (i.e. blood gas instruments, chemistry analyzers, HPLC, AA Spectrophotometry, GCMS, LCMS, hematology differentials, immunoassay analyzers, spectrophotometers, etc.)
Performs basic maintenance and troubleshooting measures
Exhibits a working knowledge of laboratory information system software, middleware, and other relevant software
Accesses and understands the content of WIKI procedures and policies and document review
Understands quality control requirements, quality assurance requirements, and follows the procedures and policies to validate test results
Works independently and manages average workloads; asks for help when falling behind due to heavier than usual workloads
When tasks are completed, helps others and/or works on small projects
Keeps work area clean and organized and return equipment to appropriate location when finished
Keeps records neat, organized and legible
Performs work accurately, precisely and recognizes, corrects, and documents errors when they occur
Interacts with health care providers and co-workers in a professional manner
In the absence of a MLS Lead or MLS 2, establishes priorities of work to be done in a section and communicates problems to the following shift
Makes decisions based on written policies and require little assistance in prioritizing own workload when new situations arise
Knows the defined critical limits for all tests, reports them to appropriate medical staff, and documents the information according to laboratory policy
Assists with evaluation of new tests/equipment and incorporates checkout samples into the routine flow of work
Performs inventory in assigned area, unpacks, labels, and puts away supplies, rotating stock as needed and communicates to MLS Lead/MLS 2 when any item is getting low
Calculates concentrations, prepares, verifies, and documents the making of reagents, controls, and standards
Provides training to new employees, medical laboratory scientist students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows in routine procedures/policies
Acts as a resource to other resource personnel, including Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Specimen Processing Technicians
Attends Laboratory Medicine related seminars, in-services, staff meetings, and/or reads scientific journals to ensure continuing education
Participates in departmental efforts to keep a safe environment for all staff and reports hazards and any unsafe work practices to the supervisor
Knows the location of safety information and SDS manuals and accesses information in response to queries or emergency situations
Shares responsibility for covering overtime and on-call slots if help is needed.
Follows all rules regarding preparation and processing of samples for transport and/or testing
Provides bedside testing on a routine or emergency basis throughout the hospital as required
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.
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.