Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.

Job Summary

Michigan Medicine, Department of Pathology is seeking a qualified full time Medical Technologist Specialist.  The Medical Technologist Specialist provides leadership and technical training to Medical Technologists and coordinates with senior laboratory leadership to support and implement departmental goals and set policies.  They have both subject matter expertise, and in depth bench experience in the area.  They provide vital communication to both bench technologists, laboratory technologists and supervisors, managers and directors.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


  • Perform duties inclusive of an LT (Laboratory Technician).
  • Process incoming samples by ensuring correct labeling, tracking, centrifugation,
  • aliquoting, and storage.
  • Accurately analyze patient specimens on instruments and/or by specified manual
  • methodologies within specified turnaround times.
  • Perform high complexity testing without direct supervision.
  • Recognize critical, abnormal and unacceptable test results and follow-up
  • according to established protocols.
  • Accurately transcribe patient data from instrument printouts or worksheets into
  • computer record including any pertinent sample description comments.
  • Perform analysis on data output from instruments and create preliminary reports.
  • Perform and record routine instrument maintenance procedures.
  • Analyze and record quality control materials with documentation of action on out of-
  • range values.
  • Identify problems with instrumentation, methodology, specimens, supplies, or
  • results, and take actions as outlined in associated procedures.
  • Monitor instrument error codes, troubleshoot, and correct problems as
  • necessary.
  • Instruct, train, and observe medical laboratory science (MLS) students, new
  • employees, and pathology residents in bench procedures and theory.
  • Assume responsibility for first-line supervision of the section on a temporary
  • basis as delegated.

In addition to the duties of a Medical Technologist, the Medical Technologist Specialist

  • will perform one or more of the following specialized duties:
  • Perform role of Key Operator for testing equipment.
  • Assist with the development, modification, validation, calibration, and
  • implementation of laboratory equipment and working procedures.
  • Assist with quality projects and other data collection projects on a routine basis.
  • Serve as a resource person to medical technologists as well as other healthcare
  • professionals.
  • Monitor stocks of laboratory reagents and supplies and reorder as necessary.

DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY, Microbiology Laboratory Responsibilities:

  • Advanced troubleshooting of automated instrument issues or manual test
  • methods.
  • Assist Senior technologist in direct observation competency evaluations.
  • Assist Senior technologist with proficiency testing submissions.
  • Create/Organize training plan and materials for MLS students, new employees,
  • and pathology residents.

Required Qualifications*

In order to be considered for this position the applicant must have met or will have met all the required qualifications prior to the start date of employment.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science or biological science.
  • Certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, or Medical Technologist, or eligibility for certification at the time of hire is required.
  • Specialized laboratories may accept a Bachelor of Science degree in a biological science with certification eligibility specific to that laboratory.
  • Must have the demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively with other medical personnel in both verbal and written form.  Demonstrated ability to independently organize and prioritize work, and to exercise initiative in recognizing and solving problems. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse team.
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years post-training, clinical experience relevant to the specific title
  • Must have demonstrated ability to perform the duties of an MT at a high level of expertise.

Desired Qualifications*

  • MLS or specialty certification is strongly desired, and may be a consideration in highly specialized laboratories
  • Good time management skills to balance projects and patient care duties.

Work Schedule

This full time, 40 hour position is on the evening shift and will require rotating weekends and holidays with other staff.

Work Locations

This position is located in the Microbiology Laboratory which is located in the NCRC complex at 2800 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI.

Additional Information


  1. Will typically receive an average of 8 hrs/wk (20%) to accomplish the extra duties. This will vary at the scheduling supervisor’s discretion based on the amount of MT specialist work pending, and patient work or other projects that must be completed.
  2. Works with infectious disease and/or hazardous materials.   
  3. May have exposure to noise from laboratory equipment.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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