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Job Summary

To perform and evaluate various complex chemical, microscopic, bacteriologic, immunological and immunochemical tests to obtain data for use in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by the physician.

Responsibilities*

  • Cultivate, isolate, and identify pathogenic organisms.
  • Perform antibiotic susceptibility and sensitivity studies.
  • Perform quantitative chemical analyses on body fluids using automated and non-automated instruments.
  • Is held responsible for day to day quality control on all analyses performed.
  • Perform contemporary serological, immunological, and immunochemical tests for diagnosis of disease.
  • Identify all formed elements of the blood such as leukocytes and erythrocytes.
  • Assist in instruction of new employees.
  • Consult with Clinicians regarding correlation of test results with disease states.
  • Assist in research and development to new methods and procedures if so requested.
  • Prepare cultures, reagents and solutions.
  • Calibrate, maintain, and trouble shoot the laboratory instruments.
  • Assist with inventory of supplies to facilitate maintenance of adequate stocking levels of reagents and equipment to support efficient laboratory operation.
  • Participate in Continuing Education activities, and participate in proficiency testing exercises.
  • Interact with Technical Representatives from suppliers of testing kits and reagents when questions arise regarding the way their tests are reacting or regarding the interpretation of results in order to determine and report the most accurate results.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials, including biohazards and chemical waste, according to proper protocol and procedures.  Attend safety in-service by Occupational Safety and Environmental Health every two years and implement new information learned.  Review safety manual and other safety materials yearly in order to perform laboratory procedures safely.
  • Participate in feedback activities and give procedural input during Lab Meetings in order to improve patient care and update procedures.
  • Maintain records of individual continuing education activities for lab staff.
  • Maintain records of proficiency testing for the lab.
  • Collaborate with faculty on campus to assist them with research projects to provide lab services to support their research.
  • Correlate and prepare Quality Control for analysis by University and outside agencies.
  • Perform experimental procedures, record and consolidate data, and assist in data analysis.
  • Participate in Laboratory Quality Improvement activities.
  • Perform EKGs when the workload and staffing require.
  • Perform phlebotomy duties according to established protocols.
  • Cover the Distribution area when necessary, preparing specimens for laboratory testing in-house, or packaging and dispatching them to reference laboratories.  Track specimens out and results in, troubleshooting when necessary by collaborating with reference lab staff, UHS clinicians or clericals, or others to insure that laboratory test results are available in a timely fashion to support the clinicians in the diagnosis of disease.
  • Cover the Front Desk area when required, to check in patients, provide them with instructions for the preparation and collection of specimens for laboratory testing, do data entry to record the tests in the laboratory computer system, and answer the telephones to provide support to the clinical areas of UHS.
  • Carry out all laboratory responsibilities while maintaining compliance with all of the regulatory laws governing Clinical Laboratory operations, including, but not limited to:  CLIA, HIPAA, and OSHA.  Follow the Laboratory protocols that pertain to the UHS laboratory’s operations.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's degree in medical technology or an equivalent combination of education and clinical experience--making one registry eligible and completed within 3 months of hire.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Registration by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists or equivalent.

Desired Qualifications*

  • One-year minimum of clinical laboratory experience. 
  • Knowledge of Laboratory Information System (LIS).
  • Some phlebotomy experience. 
  • Some typing skills and knowledge of basic computing.
  • Bi-lingual or multi-lingual skills.

Work Schedule

Work schedule to include rotating Saturday and Sunday coverage.  Please note this is a 24 hour a week position.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.