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Medical Laboratory Scientist, Seattle, WA

Organization: UW Medicine
Category: Professional
Location: Seattle, WA
Date Job Posted: June 8, 2022
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This recruitment offers a $3000-$5000 Recruitment Incentive to eligible new employees joining UW Medicine for classified/regular positions

All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department currently employs 1800 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.

UW Medicine in beautiful Seattle, Washington is actively interviewing for Medical Laboratory Scientist 1/Trainees; part-time, full-time, and temporary hourly opportunities for various work shifts and location.

First Shift (Days)
Second Shift (Evenings)
Third Shift (Nights)

Harborview Medical Center
UW Medicine - Montlake
UW Medicine - South Lake Union
UW Medicine - Renton

DIVISONS may include:
Genetics and Solid Tumors
Medical Informatics
Molecular Diagnostics
Transfusion Medicine

The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) 1 or Trainee will perform clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions. Testing is performed at a professional level.


  • Perform clinical diagnostic laboratory tests; record, evaluate and interpret test results; contact appropriate personnel for tests with unusual or critical findings.
  • Assist in developing, following procedures and/or troubleshooting procedures and problems that may or may not include actual wet lab involvement, but requires a comprehensive understanding of laboratory testing gained from a foundation of medical laboratory science training and experience performing moderate to high complexity testing.
  • Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance to laboratory instruments and related equipment.
  • Assure that quality control requirements are met to validate test results; record data and maintain continual quality assurance program; utilize electronic quality control system.
  • Utilize laboratory information system, discipline-specific middleware, as well as all institution-based computer system for test result entry and/or data acquisition.
  • Collect specimens; may assist and instruct patients and medical staff in proper specimen collection techniques; may assist physicians in obtaining bone marrow specimens and preparing specimens for evaluation.
  • Assist in instruction and training of new employees, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and students.
  • Act as a resource to other lab personnel including Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Specimen Processing Technicians.
  • Assist in the design, development and evaluation of new procedures/processes.
  • Prepare and verify the quality of reagents, standards, and control samples.
  • Perform related duties as required.


The position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Requirements for MLS Trainee
Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience
Eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Science certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, with successful completion and certification within one year from date of hire. Failure of Medical Laboratory Science graduates to attain certification within one year of date of hire will result in a recommendation for termination.

Requirements for MLS 1
Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience
Current Medical Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization; or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division.
One year of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee. Up to one year of on-the-job experience performing clinical testing in a Medical Laboratory Science Program externship may count towards the experience requirement.


Top candidates will need or have a Medical Laboratory Science certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology OR eligible to take ASCP exam

Please apply via the UWMC Careers website:

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