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 Medical Laboratory Scientist. The Medical Laboratory Scientist will perform clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions. Testing is performed at a professional level. Perform molecular testing of DNA or RNA extracted from peripheral blood, bone marrow, tissue (fresh, frozen, or paraffin-embedded), cellular body fluids, or stem cells. Process, test and analyze specimens or amplicons (from polymerase chain reaction procedures) on a variety of instruments. Prepare libraries, pool and load on MiSeq sequencing instrument, analyze data from instruments and enter results into computers. Understand technical knowledge appropriate to laboratory section. Master knowledge to perform all aspects of testing-processing samples, run samples on instruments, analyze results from instruments and enter data into computers. Understand and apply a working knowledge of the laboratory information system (LIS) and other computer systems. Assist in developing, following procedures and/or troubleshooting procedures and problems that may or may not include actual wet lab involvement, but requires a comprehensive understanding of laboratory testing gained from a foundation of medical laboratory science training and experience performing moderate to high complexity testing. Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance to laboratory instruments and related equipment. Assist in instruction and training of new employees, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and students; Assist in the design, development and evaluation of new procedures/processes; Understand quality control requirements and apply this knowledge to validate test results. Perform laboratory work accurately. Organize and prioritize workload; use efficient workflow processes. Share knowledge by teaching students and training new employees. Share responsibility for emergency calls, overtime, call back, and holiday coverage. Perform other duties as required.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:MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 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.MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 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:Knowledge of molecular biology principles and standard molecular techniques, including: (1) nucleic acid extraction (2) qualitative and quantitative PCR (3) agarose and capillary electrophoresisLaboratory experience performing the above molecular techniquesKnowledge of hematopoietic cancers and the molecular/genetic abnormalities common to these cancersComputer skills Demonstrate professional growth by attending professional meeting, seminars, lecturesCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:It may be necessary to work in other Department of Laboratory Medicine locations in order to meet patient service requirements, i.e. UWMC, HMC, CHRMC, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UWMC-Roosevelt, etc. 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.
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.