Laboratory Scientist

Job description

The Laboratory Scientist will be primarily responsible for the processing and workup of blood cultures and other cultures on evening shift. The Laboratory provides services to all aspects of this Level I trauma center and throughout the healthcare enterprise, including solid organ and bone marrow transplant, KY Children's Hospital, and Markey Cancer Center. This position is also responsible as needed for specimen processing, specimen triage, order processing, rapid and stat testing, gram staining and reporting positive blood cultures, performing multiplex and routine molecular assay, media QC and monitor/stock supplies, and reporting routine cultures. The CAP-Accredited Laboratory at the University of Kentucky showcases the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology.

Job Title
Laboratory Scientist

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
H3200:Laboratory Services

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Salary Range
$19.66 - $31.20

Type of Position

Position Time Status
On Call

Required Education


Required Related Experience

No experience

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

The position requires periods of standing and sitting for stretches of time. It also requires light lifting of objects up to 10 lbs.


This On Call position hours are primarily second shift rotating weekends also other shifts as needed.


This position requires excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, problem solving skills and good keyboarding skills. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to multi-task and work as part of a team

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

The candidate must have a bachelor's degree in Medical Lab Science, Microbiology, or Biology with at least one course in Microbiology and previous experience in a clinical microbiology laboratory.

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please choose the answer that best describes your amount of paid employment experience in a clinical microbiology laboratory.
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 2 years
    • More than 2 years, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years
  2. * Have you completed at least one college microbiology course?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Describe an example of your ability to multi-task within a fast-paced work environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
    Optional Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Curriculum Vita
    3. Cover Letter





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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/15/2018
    Application Due: 1/17/2019
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