1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 180441
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 07/01/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $5,318 - $7,846 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First 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, day shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 2.

  • 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 per laboratory protocols
  • Performs susceptibility tests (disk diffusion, E-test, MIC and other methods) on pathogens per laboratory protocols
  • 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
  • Recognizes critical or reportable results 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
  • Instructs new employees, medical laboratory scientist students, medical students, residents and fellows in routine procedures
  • Continues education and maintains certification by attending Laboratory Medicine seminars, in-services, staff meetings, and/or by reading scientific journals and participating in CAP proficiency surveys
  • Exercises independent decision making with designate authority providing advice and expertise to MLS 1 and MLS Trainees
  • Assistx Manager and MLS Lead in coordinating educational programs for staff and students and provides feedback on performance
  • Develops and/or evaluates new procedures
  • Performs all defined specialty procedures requiring in-depth knowledge and expertise

    Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory OR equivalent education/experience
    Current Medical Laboratory Scientist certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization; or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division
    Two years of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or equivalent experience

    Conditions of Employment:
  • 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
  • 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: 2020-07-02 Expires: 2020-08-30

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