1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 172598
Posting Date: 09/30/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: MLS Trainee $4,675-$6,896 per month / MLS 1 $4,866-$7,173 per month.  
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Permanent Evening Shift 
Notes: This position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee or Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.

  • 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.  

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 now 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.), Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 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.

Our Laboratory Medicine department's Microbiology Division has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, evening-shift, Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee OR 1 depending on the qualifications of the top candidate. Under general supervision, the person in this role 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. A MLS Trainee or 1 performs various tests for the identification of bacteria, yeast, mold and parasites on the routine benches and in the Molecular Diagnostic Division per laboratory protocols. Also will perform susceptibility tests (disk diffusion, E-test and MIC) on pathogens per laboratory protocols. 

General Duties:
  • Perform 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, automated urinalysis instrument, microscopes, biological safety cabinet and anoxomat) and performs basic maintenance and troubleshooting.

  • Exhibits a working knowledge of the laboratory information system software and can teaches others.

  • Understands quality control requirements and follows policies to validate results.

  • Works 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 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.

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.

This position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee or Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.

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.
Additional Requirements:
Must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

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.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. 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: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-08

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