1+ months

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE

Req #: 173600
Department: LABORATORY MEDICINE
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 01/15/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: MLS Trainee: $4,675 - $6,896 / MLS 1: $4,866 - $7,173 per month. 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift 

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 day shift, full-time (100%) Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee.  The person in this role will perform and/or provide high level support for the performance of moderate to high complexity clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions.

General Duties:
  • Perform manual, semi-automated, and automated patient and proficiency testing without errors by following SOP as identified by current policies and procedures for the areas trained which may include routine bacteriology, susceptibility testing, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, molecular testing, and/ or specimen processing.
  • Report critical values, STAT results, reportable/ notifiable conditions, courtesy notifications, and routine results according to established protocols, insuring turn-around-times are consistently within guidelines and documentation is complete.  Utilize information systems in addition to the LIS as needed.
  • Perform and document routine quality control and preventative maintenance according to established protocols.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, judgment, and decision making skills needed to recognize, troubleshoot, correct, and document problems associated with patient testing, quality control, and preventative maintenance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist in instruction and training of employees, post-doctoral fellows, residents, medical students, medical technology students, etc.  Provide evaluation feedback in a timely manner.
  • Actively participate in continuing education activities, e.g., Plate Rounds, CAP online education, reading job-related journal articles, etc.
  • Assist in the development and evaluation of new procedures/ processes and assesses the relevance and accuracy of current procedures/ processes.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care or other services based on physical, psychosocial, educational, safety, and related criteria appropriate to the age of the patient.
  • Performs related duties as required.


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 Bachelors 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 MLS1:
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.

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.

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.


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Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-14

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