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 day shift, full-time Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee. The Medical Laboratory Scientist will be primarily focused on 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. The MLS will perform some combination of the following activities:Optimize, evaluate and 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.Extend and apply the next generation of cancer diagnostics with novel molecular biology assays in a clinical research setting to establish new clinical workflows.Serve as a technical resource for Next Generation Sequencing instrumentation.Interface with lab managers, program coordinators, directors and collaborators to communicate status of clinical research studies.Automoated DNA extraction systems, DNA sequencing and library preparation instrumentation.Thermal cyclers for real-time and quantitative PCR amplifications.Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance to laboratory instruments and related equipment such as: Next Generation DNA sequencers; Automated liquid handling robots; and Spectrophotometric and fluorescent DNA quantification systems.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.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 MLS1:Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experienceANDCurrent 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.This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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