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 1 OR TRAINEE.
Perform laboratory testing on samples, accurately and precisely using the following types of instruments: - Automated immunoanalyzers - Automated IFA and/or ELISA processors - Electrophoresis apparatus and scanners - Immunofluorescent microscopes - Magpix luminex instrument
Perform laboratory testing on samples, accurately and precisely using the following manual assays: - ELISA - Radial Immunodiffusion - Line Blot Assays - Cold Agglutinin Titers - Viscosity measurements - Cryoglobulins/Cryofibrinogens
Subjective immunofluorescence microscopy: - Anti nuclear antibodies (ANA) - Anti neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) - Other cytoplasmic antibodies on tissue substrates
Calculate and report maternal serum risks for birth defects using Alpha software
Use a variety of computer systems/programs including, but not limited to: - Instrument linked computers - Sunquest LIS - Lab Medicine server systems - UW Medicine systems (e.g. Orca , Mindscape, and Epic) - Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook - MyChem - MediaLab
Perform maintenance procedures, daily, weekly and monthly, on immunology instruments according to standard operating procedures (SOPs)
Run Quality Controls (QC) according to SOPs. Evaluate QC results and take appropriate steps with there are QC failures
Troubleshoot instrument issues, interacting appropriately with technical support services
Work independently, manage assigned workload and will ask for help if needed
Help others and/or work on projects when scheduled assignments are completed
Participate in laboratory quality improvement projects and method validation studies
Participate in laboratory staff meetings
Monitor reagent inventories and ensure that supplies arrive in time to perform validation studies before they are needed for clinical testing
Monitor quality control materials and ensures that new supplies are checked out and ready for use
Answer questions from other laboratories and providers about the testing services offered in the Immunology lab
Train and teach new employees, medical students, Lab Med Residents, and MLS program students
Work to maintain a safe working environment in the laboratory
Participate in technical Competency Assessment programs
Participate in continuing education programs, as scheduled
Be familiar with Departmental “Environment of Care” Policies, Work Place Safety Protocols, patient confidentiality policies, and all SOPs regarding departmental and divisional compliance and integrity in the workplace
Perform other duties as assigned
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: Must be able to demonstrate skills in communicating with colleagues Experience with Immunology assays and instruments
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.