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.Laboratory Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100%), day shift, CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 2. Under general supervision, provide laboratory support in the Clinical HMC Retrovirology Laboratory in the Virology Division, Department of Laboratory Medicine, with primary responsibilities in the following areas: receive and process clinical trials specimens and organize specimens for laboratory testing. Perform routine kit-based laboratory testing, such as immunoassays. The job will include a variety of other tasks supporting the operation of a clinical laboratory including instrument maintenance, quality control activities, preparation of reagents, and assisting in with test validation studies. Assist in training new employees, residents and students on routine laboratory testing, safety protocols, and specimen processing.RESPONSIBILITIES:Receive, inventory, log and organize clinical trials and other research specimens. Process specimens according to appropriate protocolProcess complex research specimens specific to each individual studyPerform ficoll density gradient separation of blood cells. Perform manual cell counts using a hemacytometer. Cryopreserve peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) according to clinical trials protocols. Process serum, plasma and other clinical trials/research samplesOrganize protocol specimens for shipment to the network-specified repository or testing laboratoryPerform quality control assessments (viability and viable recovery) on cryopreserved cells processed in this and other laboratoriesPerform and result kit-based assays, eg immunoassaysOperate and perform required maintenance on laboratory equipment such as electronic balances, microscopes, spectrophotometers, autoclaves, centrifugesPrepare and maintain reagents, chemical solutions, according to established proceduresReceive and unpack or prepare and ship biohazard/infectious materials in accordance with DOT and IATA regulations. Respond to any shipment problem report in a timely fashion. Inform supervisor and document responsePull or return samples from and to freezers in a timely manner and track freezer inventory and maintenanceFollow protocol specifications unless otherwise instructed by Director, MLS Lead or Research Scientist. Thoroughly document any modificationsPerform data processing of laboratory results; perform clerical duties such as typing, filing, recording and charting; prepare and/or send data for computer processing; perform filing related to storage of laboratory results with accuracy and legible recordsUse the LDMS and HAWS programs for laboratory reportingAssist in training new employees on routine testing, safety and laboratory protocols and guidelinesAnticipate and communicate needs for new supplies to ordering personnel in timely fashionPerform the work of a Clinical Laboratory Technician 1Perform related duties as required.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.REQUIREMENTS:An Associate Degree from a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) accredited Medical Laboratory Technician program including courses in chemistry and biologyORequivalent education/experience.DESIRED:Excellent customer service skillsAbility to handle a high volume of calls, prioritizing and working under pressure calmly and efficientlyFamiliarity with Department of Laboratory Medicine operations and proceduresFamiliarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and database softwareExperience in a major medical hospital laboratoryExperience with laboratory information systemCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:May be required to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, including but not limited to UWMC, HMC, CHRMC, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SCCA, Roosevelt, etc.May be required to work weekends and holidaysAre considered essential staff and required to report to work in inclement weather
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