University of Washington
Seattle, WA

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Four-Year Institution
MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE (FULL TIME, DAYS) Req #:205651Department:LABORATORY MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGYJob Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake Posting Date:05/09/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:MLS Trainee: $4,769 - $7,034 per month / MLS 1: $4,963 - $7,316 per month Union Position:YesShift:First Shift Notes:As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. This recruitment offers a $3000-$4000 Recruitment Incentive to eligible new employees joining UW Medicine#UWMRecruitmentIncentive

A higher degree of healthcare.

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 now 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 DEPARTMENT OF LABORATORY MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100% FTE, 40 hours per week), day shift, MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE.

SCHEDULE: Dayshift, Sunday-Thursday with occasional Holidays

  • Performs various PCR tests for the identification of bacteria, yeast, and parasites in the Molecular Diagnostic Division per laboratory protocols
  • 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, 3730xl 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
  • Uses the molecular database (MAD) to enter data, print worksheets, analyze DNA sequences, and prepare case reports
  • Uses DNA analyzing softwares such as BLAST, BLAST2Tree, and ClustalW
  • Understands quality control requirements and follows policies to validate results
  • Works independently to manage average workloads and knows when to request assistance in case of heavier workloads
  • Performs work accurately and precisely and recognizes, corrects, and documents errors when they occur
  • Interacts with health care providers in a professional manner
  • Knows what results are critical or reportable and follows the policies and procedures for reporting them to appropriate medical staff, epidemiology or Public Health Laboratory
  • Assists with the evaluation of new tests/equipment and research projects as required
  • Instructs new employees, medical laboratory students, medical students, residents and fellows in routine procedures and is patient and tolerant with them
  • Continues education and maintain certification by attending Laboratory Medicine seminars, in services, staff meetings and/or by reading scientific journals and participating in CAP proficiency surveys

    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
    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
    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.
    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.

    Experience in molecular biology lab work.

    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.

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


    Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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