1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 180232
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake
Posting Date: 08/03/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: MLS Trainee: $4,769 - $7,034 / MLS 1: $4,963 - $7,316 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Evening Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

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 nations 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, evening shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE.

  • Prepares, evaluates, and reports direct smears including but not limited to Gram stains, KOH preps, Pneumocystis DFA stains, Auramine-O stains, Kinyoun stains and Wright/Giemsa
  • Performs various tests for the identification of bacteria, yeast, mold and parasites on the routine benches
  • Perform susceptibility tests (disk diffusion, E-test, MIC and other methods as required) on pathogens p
  • Performs various serological procedures including PCR, EIA and latex agglutinations
  • Rotates and maintains competency in all sections where he/she has been trained
  • Understands and operates a variety of laboratory equipment (i.e. automated blood culture system, mass spectrometry instrument, automated susceptibility system, Verigene, BioFire, Cepheid Gene Xpert, microscopes, biological safety cabinet and anoxomat) 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
  • Understands quality control requirements and follows policies to validate results
  • Is 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 scientist 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

    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
    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
    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.
    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.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    TThe University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2020-06-30 Expires: 2020-09-03

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