Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology 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, day shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 2. The Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 (MLS2) provides high level support for the performance of high complexity procedures within the molecular microbiology section of the clinical laboratory.
Performs various PCR tests for the identification of bacteria, yeast and parasite in the Molecular Diagnostic Division per laboratory protocols
Rotates and maintains competency in all sections where they have been trained
Performs DNA extraction by manual methods, sets up PCR reactions, real-time PCR reactions and DNA sequencing reactions
Understands and operates a variety of molecular laboratory equipment (Qiacube DNA extractor, Qiagility liquid handler, Qiaxcel DNA analyzer, 3130xl DNA sequencer, Illumina DNA sequencer) 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
Performs work accurately and precisely and recognizes, corrects and documents errors when they occur
Instructs new employees, medical laboratory students, medical students, residents and fellows in routine procedures and is patient and tolerant with them
Assists the lead in teaching/training, organize and schedule in-service of new employees, medical laboratory scientist students, post-doctoral fellows and residents within the section and provide feedback on performance
Performs inventory in assigned areas, unpacks, labels and puts away supplies taking care to rotate stock as needed
Lets the lead know well in advance when any item is getting low, helps organize the storage and proper labeling of chemicals and verifies that the records are current and complete
Assists the lead in ordering supplies so supplies arrive on time and to the correct location
Develops bench assignments for a shift or section
Communicates necessary and appropriate information to all MLS, leads and the manager
Is aware of the needs of co-workers and workload issues and helps others without being asked
Performs related duties as required
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 Experience in molecular biology lab work.
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
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
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