1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 173482
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake
Posting Date: 01/15/2020 
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: First Shift 
Notes: Shift: day shift, Monday-Friday, rotating Sundays OR Sunday-Thursday  

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, Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) performs laboratory tests, interprets results, and reports results in laboratory information system. This position will support Medical Laboratory Scientists, faculty, and students and communicate courteously and clearly with hospital and laboratory staff to resolve problems.  This person will also establish and maintain a positive attitude toward self, others, and the workplace.

  • Performs various PCR tests for the identification of bacteria, yeast and parasite in the Molecular Diagnostic Division per laboratory protocols
  • Does DNA extraction by manual methods and sets up PCR reactions, real-time PCR reactions, and DNA sequencing reactions 
  • Understands and operates a variety of molecular laboratory equipment (Qiacube DNA extractor, Qiagility liquid handler, Qiaxcel DNA analyzer, 3130xl DNA sequencer, Illumina DNA sequencer) 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
  • Able to use Molecular database (MAD) to enter data, print worksheets, analyze DNA sequences, and prepare case reports
  • Able to use DNA analyzing software such as BLAST, BLAST2Tree, and ClustalW
  • Understands quality control requirements and follows policies to validate results
  • 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 students, medical students, residents, and fellows in routine procedures and is patient and tolerant with them
  • Continues education and maintains certification by attending Lab Medicine seminars, in services, staff meetings and/or by reading scientific journals and participating in CAP proficiency surveys
  • Performs other tasks in the laboratory as assigned

    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 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.

    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.

    Experience in molecular biology lab work

    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.


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

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