Medical Laboratory Scientist

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Summary

To perform a variety of routine or specialized tests and procedures for use by physicians in diagnosis and treatment of patients in one or more areas of work, such as Clinical Core Laboratory, Transfusion Medicine, Histocompatibility, Flow Cytometry, Molecular Diagnostics, Cytogenetics, Point of Care, Microbiology and other specialty departments.

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*

  • Perform duties inclusive of an LT (Laboratory Technician).

  • Perform high complexity testing without direct supervision.

  • Process incoming samples by ensuring correct labeling, computer log-in, centrifugation, aliquoting, and storage.

  • Perform and record routine instrument maintenance procedures.

  • Analyze and record quality control materials with documentation of action on out-of-range values.

  • Accurately analyze patient specimens on instruments and/or by specified manual methodologies within specified turnaround times.

  • Recognize critical, abnormal and unacceptable test results and follow-up according to established protocols.

  • Identify problems with instrumentation, methodology, specimens, supplies, or results and take action as outlined in predetermined protocols.

  • Monitor instrument error codes, troubleshoot and correct problems as necessary.

  • 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.

  • Maintain a safe work area in a well-stocked, clean condition.

  • Instruct, train, and observe medical technology 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.

  • Fulfill departmental continuing education requirement.

  • To reliably perform daily work in the molecular microbiology area.

  • To reliably perform and record quality control, instrument maintenance, and environmental samples according to molecular procedures.

  • To communicate effectively with physicians, nurses, and other hospital professionals regarding molecular testing results, and understand responsibilities for critical notifications and reportable pathogens.

  • To maintain a safe and organized work environment at all times.

  • To work collaboratively with dedicated molecular teammates and support the goals of the molecular leadership, laboratory supervisors, lab manager and directors.

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 degree in Medical Laboratory Science or other biological science.

  • Certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Technologist by BOC or eligibility for certification at the time of hire.

  • Specialized laboratories may accept a Bachelor degree in a biological science with certification eligibility specific to that laboratory.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience in a clinical laboratory.

  • Molecular microbiology experience in both technique and theory

  • Communications skills, interpersonal, written and spoken

  • Experience with pipetting, PCR assay techniques and instrumentation in the molecular areas.

Work Schedule

This full time, 40 hour position is on the evening shift, the schedule will include rotating weekends and holidays.

Work Locations

North Campus Research Complex, located at 2800 Plymouth Rd in Ann Arbor, MI.

Additional Information

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Works with infectious disease and/or hazardous materials.

  2. May have exposure to noise from laboratory equipment and pneumatic tube system.

  3. May participate in a rotating weekend, holiday and on call work schedule.

  4. Requires frequent (standing/walking/sitting/hand pipetting) for long periods of time and the ability to lift up to _lbs.

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, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.