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, first shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 2. The Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 (MLS2) performs and or provides high level support for the performance of moderate to high complexity clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions within the Clinical Immunology Laboratory. The MLS2 exercises expertise in the development, evaluation, and performance of new or specialty procedures. They also provide support and assistance to the Immunology Lead in overseeing Quality Assurance, Quality Control, instrument maintenance, procedures, competency assessment, and training and scheduling of MLS1 staff and MLS students.
Maintain Operational Performance of the Immunology Lab
Exercise independent decision making using laboratory expertise and designated authority
Using delegated authority, perform the following quality assurance activities, and work the lead and/or manager to address problems
Review runs with QC failures and those that do not meet run acceptance criteria and ensure that appropriate steps are taken and documented
Review instrument maintenance records
Review temperature records
Review quality assurance failures
Review weekly and monthly QC data
Ensure that CAP Proficiency Testing and Biannual Verification samples are ordered, tested, and reported according to schedule
Prepare for and participate in laboratory inspections
Maintain staff training records and track required training and other annual requirements
Maintain procedure manuals and ensure that techs have done their reviews
Map out weekly bench assignment schedule for Immunology MLS Lead review and approval
May purchase reagents and supplies as needed and follows up on orders
Review and help maintain laboratory procedures, quick reference guides (QRGs), and other job aids
Functions as a resource for staff and covers MLS Lead duties in absence of Immunology MLS Lead.
Works with the Immunology MLS Manager and/or Lead on designing how various projects will advance, defining what needs to be done, and whether staff will be involved in the project
Maps out new employee training for review and approval by Immunology MLS Lead
Traisn current staff on new methods/instruments/procedures
Assists Manager in performing cost analysis of project proposals
Assists the Immunology MLS Lead and Manager in writing up procedures for new Methods and Instruments, that are related to an ongoing project or which are needed as a result of a successfully concluded project
Perform duties of an MLS1 as needed
Perform other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS: Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory OR equivalent education/experience AND 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 AND Two years of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or equivalent experience
DESIRED: Must be able to demonstrate skills in teaching, organization and communicating with colleagues Excellent customer service and communication skills Experience with Immunology assays and instruments
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. May be required to work some weekends and holidays
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.