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 Laboratory Medicine Department has an outstanding opportunity for a Full-Time (100%), day shift, Clinical Laboratory Technician 1. This individual will extract DNA, operate molecular laboratory equipment, and enter data. Additionally, the person in this role will maintain a clean work area and validate results if necessary.
Working knowledge of the laboratory information system, including accessioning test requests per protocol.
Processes bacterial and fungal cultures, requisitions and sends AFB specimens appropriately per laboratory protocols.
Prepares and stains direct smears including but not limited to: Gram stains, KOH preps, Trichromes and Auramine-O.
Interacts with health care providers and responds to inquiries concerning patient lab results in a professional manner.
Checks temperature of incubators, refrigerators, freezers and dry baths, records them on the quality control charts and notifies the appropriate technologist about any out of range equipment.
Collects glassware and biological waste from the microbiology laboratory and autoclaves material to sterilize.
Performs setup for bacterial susceptibility testing including disk diffusion, Etests and automated MIC panels.
Working knowledge of the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment such as a biological safety cabinet, centrifuge, cytocentrifuge, stomacher and autoclave.
Keeps work area clean, organized and stocked.
Communicates with co-workers so that the specimen processing flows smoothly over breaks and between shifts. The technician demonstrates a helpful, courteous and respectful manner with co-workers.
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: High school graduation or equivalent AND one year of chemical, clinical or public health laboratory experience OR completion of a laboratory assistant course approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists OR equivalent education/ experience
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: 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
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