Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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 nation’s 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, fixed duration MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) 1 or Trainee will be primarily focused applying advanced Next Generation Sequencing methods to profile mutations in cancers. We are looking for candidates capable of providing high level support for the performance of high complexity manual and automated clinical diagnostic tests in a clinical laboratory.
Perform molecular assays for diagnosis of genetic diseases and choice of therapies for cancer patients
Perform work with the highest standards for accuracy and precision
Recognize, correct, communicate and document errors when they occur
Understand the molecular basis of each test
Use knowledge to make critical judgments regarding acceptability of test results
Process samples for testing using DNA extractions in a clinical lab environment
Perform advanced molecular biology and clinical genetics assays using Next Generation DNA sequencing technology to process large numbers of samples to profile mutations in various cancers
Interface with lab managers, program coordinators, directors and collaborators to communicate status of clinical research studies
Enter results and data into computer systems and perform appropriate checks to minimize clerical errors
Recognize, confirm, report and document critical, abnormal or unusual results
Maintain competency in all tests performed in the molecular diagnosis laboratory and perform these tests as assigned
Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance to laboratory instruments and related equipment such as: automated DNA extraction systems; DNA sequencing and library preparation instrumentation; thermal cyclers for real-time and quantitative PCR amplifications; Next Generation DNA sequencers; automated liquid handling robots; spectrophotometric and fluorescent DNA quantification systems
Coordinate and complete multiple procedures efficiently and accurately
Prioritize workload in response to urgent requests. When assigned tasks are completed, assist others and/or work on special projects
Investigate and solve problems involving specimen collection or handling; seek assistance to solve problems when appropriate
Make and verify quality of reagents. Follow established procedures for labeling and storage of materials, and monitor laboratory inventory.
Assure quality control requirements are attained to validate test results
Teach, demonstrate techniques and share practical knowledge with co-workers, students, postdoctoral trainees, residents and new employees
Form productive working relationships with coworkers
Accept direction of supervisory personnel and request clarification of duties and expectations as appropriate
Support service and Laboratory Medicine goals, service efficiency, and effectiveness through such activities as: participating in problem solving, demonstrating support for policies, sharing expertise, and contributing to project work and committees
Demonstrate a courteous, respectful, professional attitude, and behavior at all times
Be aware of compliance and billing issues and follow acceptable laboratory policies
Continue education through departmental case conferences, staff meetings, journal reading, workshops and related seminars as available
Assist in development and/or evaluation of new procedures and instruments as assigned
Follow all rules regarding preparation and processing of samples for transport
Perform related duties as required
REQUIREMENTS: 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 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 MLS 1: 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.
DESIRED: Experience with Next Generation Sequencing library preparation and sequencers Knowledge of automated liquid handlers and processes Experience with PCR and/or DNA sequencing primer design
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