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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

Responsibilities*

The Laboratory Technician can be assigned to perform one or more of the following functions, with a minimum of High School Degree and under supervision of a CLIA qualified General Supervisor*.

Provide Clerical/Administrative Support

  1. Answer phones, take detailed messages and appropriately route calls.
  2. Scan documents (scan requisitions and worksheets); organize and file test reports and documents, clean and file slides.
  3. Maintain the laboratory’s inventory of supplies and reagents. Keep track of all orders placed and products received. 
  4. With NLNC, as applicable, order and stock necessary reagents and supplies in a manner that reduces waste.

Accessioning, Specimen Processing and Distribution

  1. PathTrack specimens to receive and send specimens between departments.
  2. Accession, process and distribute patient samples within the laboratory consistent with accuracy and quality assurance goals of the laboratory.
  3. Access and navigate MediaLab, MiChart, and Soft to accession patient specimens, requesting additional information from appropriate resources.
  4. Assist in Problem solving (duplicate tests, missing samples, incorrect samples and missing information); call on unacceptable specimens (clotted, hemolyzed, wrong container etc).
  5. Work with other laboratory personnel to process patient casework with optimal efficiency and accuracy (e.g. basic sample preparation and setup of assays or loading automation lines). 

Maintain and Operate Instruments*/Laboratory Support

  1. Perform and document daily maintenance as specified in instrument procedures.
  2. Ensure continuous operation by routinely monitoring the status of reagents, parts and supplies.
  3. Monitor error codes and perform basic troubleshooting. Notify a supervisor or senior operator if unable to resolve an instrument problem. Document problems, action taken and outcomes in instrument log books.
  4. Facilitate dish washing and autoclaving of laboratory supplies and glassware; prepare reagents.
  5. Maintain work area in a well-stocked, clean condition.

Professional Development

  • Fulfill departmental continuing Ed requirement.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Cytogenetics-Wet Lab and Instrument Support

  1. Initiate and harvest suspension cultures.
  2. Perform plasma cell enrichment.
  3. Prepare suspension culture slides and assist with the maintenance of long term cultures, as assigned.
  4. Perform G banding, load and operate the automated slide scanner.
  5. Organize and maintain fixed pellets for long term storage.  Maintain freezer maps of archived pellets. 

Duties on an as needed basis are listed below.

Cytogenetics-Clerical Support –

  1. Create weekly case report from SOFT for directors.  Generate bi/weekly worklist for the laboratory.
  2. Maintain technologists’ productivity log.
  3. Sign for all deliveries and put all received supplies in the proper location in a timely manner.  Communicate the receipt of temperature sensitive reagents to appropriate staff.
  4. Record minutes at laboratory meetings and submit to supervisors for review.
  5. Audit vendor communications at least annually.
  6. Upload and monitor cases for locum tenens remote sign out.
  7. Organize and prepare signed cases for archiving.  Return FFPE specimens to MLabs.
  8. Assist leadership staff with special projects as needed.
  9. Participate in laboratory projects and LEAN initiatives.

Cytogenetics-Accessioning and Specimen Handling

  1. Able to receive specimens using Soft-Cytogenetics.
  2. Recognize cases that need additional information, triage or follow up.
  3. Identify samples that require special handling (baby blood, STAT, pregnant women) and alert technical or senor staff if appropriate.
  4. Identify cytogenetic tests and appropriate specimens in Soft; recognize the need for, and make, corrections if warranted.
  5. Recognize when a sample is suboptimal and completes necessary paperwork. 
  6. Monitor the Specimen Receiving Worklist. Recognize the need for follow up with delayed or missing specimens in the appropriate time frame by utilizing PathTrak, Michart or Soft.

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. 

  • High School diploma.
  • Candidates must exhibit a professional and positive manner; possess excellent grammar, communication, word processing and computer skills. 
  • Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills, and a desire to work in a laboratory environment are essential.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's degree or an Associate's degree with equivalent experience preferred but not required.
  • Reasonable knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in laboratory activities is desirable.
  • Previous experience in performance of standard laboratory procedures is highly desirable.

Work Schedule

This full time, 40 hour position is on the day shift and may require rotating weekends and participation in the on-call schedule for weekends and off hours.

Additional Information

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Work with infectious disease and/or hazardous materials.
  2. May have exposure to noise from laboratory equipment and pneumatic tube system.
  3. Requires frequent standing, sitting and repetitive motions for long periods of time and the ability to lift up to 30lbs.

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. This job 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.

 

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.