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, night shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Lead is responsible for performing clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions. Testing is performed at a professional level and may include all facets of pretransfusion testing using both automated and manual methods, routine and complex antibody identification, component preparation, unit confirmation testing, shipping and receiving units and tissue, and sample processing, information processing, and quality control. Duties may also include responding to massive transfusion protocols, and delivery and facilitation of blood products to the bedside. This position also includes training of students and new employees in the performance of such testing.
The MLS Lead will be responsible for daily operations of the clinical Transfusion Service Laboratory. They will regularly assign, instruct, and check the work of others. They will also lead the professional technical work performed by Medical Laboratory Scientists.
Perform and oversee testing of blood, and blood products in the transfusion service laboratories. Assigned areas may include pretransfusion testing, routine and complex antibody identification procedures, and component preparation
Provide leadership and oversight to section
Monitor workflow and distribute resources to meet the needs of the laboratory; consult with manager about staffing requirements
Inventory supplies and consumables and submit orders for approval. May assist in negotiation of prices and arranging standing orders, service contracts and capital equipment purchases
Oversee quality assurance activities within the section, including QC and instrument maintenance
Maintain laboratory procedures, including writing new procedures and revising existing procedures under the direction of faculty and manager
In conjunction with manager, be responsible for assessing, initiation, maintaining and monitoring compliance with CAP and JCAHO regulations within the section
Exercise expertise in operation and troubleshooting of a variety of laboratory equipment, including equipment requiring interpretative knowledge such as multi-parameter cell counters and automated coagulation analyzers
Perform or oversee calibration, QC and preventive maintenance activities of staff members and instrument repair technicians
Effectively utilize supervisory functions in laboratory information system software.
Provide fair, immediate and private feedback on technical performance issues to individuals
Provide feedback to manager on performance of trainees and staff, ongoing personnel competency issues and exceptional employee performance
Oversee new employee training activities and review training documents to ensure trainee makes satisfactory progress towards completion of training requirements
May teach or delegate teaching of students, in both lab and lecture settings
Communicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis appropriate information to customers and co-workers, both verbally and in writing.
Maintain advanced level of theoretical and technical expertise for all procedures in assigned section
Maintain knowledge of current CAP and JCAHO regulations.
Continue education through departmental seminars, lectures, professional workshops, etc.
Maintain knowledge and consistently practice proper precautions when dealing with biohazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and/or flammable materials
Provide oversight to ensure staff follow proper safety precautions and practice "Universal Precautions" at all times
May rotate to other sections when necessary
May be required to perform venipunctures
May be required to prepare and process samples for transport and/or testing
Perform other duties as required
Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience AND Medical Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent, or certification with a specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division AND Three years of professional experience including one year as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 or equivalent
Extensive experience in pretransfusion testing, to include complex antibody identification, component preparation, and automation
Previous lead experience a plus
Conditions of Employment:
Employees working in Laboratory Medicine may be required to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, i.e. UWMC, HMC, CHRMC, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SCCA, Roosevelt, Rosen, etc.
Laboratory Medicine staff are considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work in all weather conditions to support patient care activities
Must be willing to work nights and rotate weekends and holidays as needed
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.