Medical Laboratory Scientist, Portland, Oregon

Created 02/11/2024
Reference 236709936
Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
Zip 97201
Salary -
Oregon Health & Science University

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Medical Laboratory Scientist


Job ID: 2024-28234
Type: Regular Part-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Laboratory
Portland, OR (Marquam Hill)


Performs testing in the flow cytometry laboratory using the following instrumention: Sysmex KX-21N, CytoFlex SRT, Aquios, Navios and GeneXpert

  • Follows written policies, processes, and procedures
  • Performs data analysis of test results using Kaluza software, according to established procedures and saves results according to policies and procedures
  • Reports results to Beaker and EPIC
  • Performs and documents quality control testing per written procedures and troubleshoots unacceptable results prior to reporting patient test results

Prepares and processes blood, tissue, and body fluid samples for testing following written procedures:

  • Determines acceptability of specimens
  • Receives samples in the LIS, creates case paperwork and distributes cases to appropriate person for testing
  • Makes and stains slides with special stains
  • Prepares samples for testing to include, lysing red blood cells, preparing cell suspensions from tissue, cytospin preparation and other techniques as required
  • Stains cells with monoclonal/polyclonal antibodies tagged with fluorescent dyes
  • Performs all computer functions using laboratory information systems (LIS) software, according to established procedures and enters required comments in computer.
  • Organizes study samples and data using manual or computer-based methods.
  • Assists providers with bone marrow collections

Reviews and compiles test results and paperwork for interpretation by lead, Technical Coordinator, manager or faculty:

  • Ensures that patient and QC results are complete and recorded according to standard procedures.
  • Reviews results for plausibility and consistency with diagnostic criteria.
  • Submits results and required paperwork to faculty in a timely manner.
  • Works with faculty to improve efficiency and quality of work.
  • Assists with correcting reports and reviewing work lists.

Calibrates, maintains and troubleshoots instruments and equipment

  • Performs instrument maintenance, start-up, shut down, verifies instrument parameters are within established range
  • Troubleshoots and documents actions taken to bring instruments within specifications.
  • Calibrates and validates instruments and equipment per policy

Other duties

  • Assists with inventory of reagents and supplies, according to established procedures.
  • Answers phones, transfers calls, contacts physicians, and documents appropriately.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and training.
  • Completes training as required and maintains competency in all tasks and testing
  • Trains new employees, students, residents and fellows.
  • Performs other tasks and/or projects as assigned or requested by manager and technical coordinator.
  • This position requires the employee to work variable hours, weekends, and some holidays. Working alone is often required on the off-shifts. Excellent attendance required.
  • Performs requirements for staff members as outlined in Compliance Roles and Responsibilities in OHSU Hospitals and Clinics, and understands and complies with the Code of Conduct, OHSU and departmental policies and procedures, and other applicable procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Communicates and works effectively as part of a team, and interacts with a variety of clients including doctors, nurses, laboratory staff and patients, maintaining a customer service focus at all times.


  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Laboratory Science which includes a clinical lab externship, and current certification as MT (ASCP), or MLS (ASCP) within 90 days of hire. Current certification and credential maintenance must be maintained for individuals who were certified after January 1, 2004. OR
  • Completion of a 2-year accredited Medical Laboratory Technician program, plus MLT (ASCP) or equivalent certification within 90 days of hire, and 4 years of experience in a clinical laboratory. Certification as MT (ASCP) or MLS (ASCP) or by AMT preferred. Current certification and credential maintenance must be maintained for individuals who were certified after January 1, 2004. OR
  • Bachelor's degree in a Chemical or Biological field, and four-year’s experience as a Medical Laboratory Technician in a clinical laboratory performing testing and related tasks. Certification as MT (ASCP) or MLS (ASCP) or by AMT preferred. Current certification and credential maintenance must be maintained for individuals who were certified after January 1, 2004.
    • Note: experience in a specialty lab area will only qualify candidate to work in that specialty area.
  • This position requires a highly motivated individual who can work independently within established guidelines. Personal integrity, efficiency, and ability to adjust to rapidly changing testing priorities are essential. The incumbent must be able to work in a busy laboratory while maintaining a professional attitude.
  • General knowledge of laboratory terminology, equipment, materials and techniques, regulations, and safety.
  • Skill in handling of laboratory specimens, record keeping, sterile technique, and laboratory equipment.
  • Skill in identifying cells and cell morphology
  • Skill in using several different computer systems including: word and excel processing, dedicated LIS-, etc.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions accurately, and operate and maintain standard lab equipment.
  • Ability to initiate procedures and policies to improve workflow and work accuracy in the section.
  • Ability to work independently within established guidelines, using good judgment in making decisions regarding case and apply problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate performance of job duties to trainees.
  • Compliance with Code of Conduct, Respect in the workplace and Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation


  • MT (ASCP) or MLS (ASCP) Certification
  • Recent flow cytometry experience within the last 3 years preferred.


Employer Oregon Health & Science University

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