Medical Laboratory Scientist

Ohsu Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 days ago

Department Overview

This position provides technical support to complete laboratory testing for OHSU hospital and clinic patients.

The Medical Laboratory Scientist performs high complexity laboratory procedures to produce DNA results for interpretation and diagnosis of complex genetic and /or pathogenic disease. Specimen processing, test performance, and result reporting is performed independently after appropriate training. Supervisor or director review of results is required in situations dictated by policy or procedure.

Employees in this class have general knowledge of laboratory and molecular biology, specific terminology, equipment, materials, techniques, and safety procedures.The person filling this position will be of professional demeanor and perform their duties with an attitude, which will best serve the clients of the department.

Function/Duties of Position

Key Responsibilities & Performance Standards

Laboratory Testing: extracts DNA from human tissues manually using various extraction methodologies or by using an automated DNA extractor; quantititates DNA samples using a UV spectrophotometer for flourometer; prepares PCR reactions including: preparation of buffers; setting up PCR reactions; and performs all PCR reactions in a manner that minimizes the chance of obtaining false positive results due to accidental contamination; resolves the desired PCR fragments using techniques including: gel electrophoresis, hybridization reactions, real-time PCR, rSSO sequencing or other advanced molecular techniques. Performs serology testing. Handles and stores samples in a manner which prevents degradation, contamination or mislabeling. Performs other related molecular techniques as they are introduced. Materials Preparation: prepares solutions and reagents for all protocols used in the DNA Laboratory; maintains reagent and consumable laboratory supply inventories, prepares orders for replacement chemicals and supplies as needed. Prepares samples for testing. Determines acceptability of specimens and results. Interprets the PCR run using defined quality metrics and knows when results are invalid. Repeats analysis as necessary to insure accuracy. Reports test results via computer and telephone. Equipment Quality Control and Maintenance: calibrates laboratory equipment on a regular basis. Runs quality control checks on calibrated equipment by checking test results against known standards to determine accuracy of results. Cleans and makes minor repairs to equipment such as lubricating fittings, cleaning electrodes, flushing out lines and tubing and replacing worn out tubing, fittings, batteries and/or fuses, cleans and sterilizes glassware and plastic-ware.. Records all actions taken in a maintenance record book. Performs monthly wipe test. Performs all computer functions using EPIC software. Answers telephone requests for laboratory information. Trains new employees, students and residents.


Assists with miscellaneous technical administrative functions to support daily laboratory activities.

  • Performs inventory of reagents and supplies.

  • Reviews critical, summary and outstanding lists.

  • Performs projects assigned by lead worker, technical coordinator or lab manager.

Completes competency training, annual review of policy and procedure manuals, and safety review. Attends and participates in staff meetings and training sessions. 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. Performs job responsibilities ethically, professionally, and with personal integrity, and functions as part of the team exhibiting excellent communication, teamwork and customer service skills. Attends and participates in staff meetings and training sessions.

Required Qualifications

  • 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 years 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.

  • General knowledge of laboratory terminology, equipment, materials and techniques, regulations and safety.

  • Skill in handling of laboratory specimens, record keeping and laboratory equipment.

  • Skill in identifying cells and cell morphology.

  • Skill in using several different computer systems, including: word processing, dedicated LIS/HIS, etc.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions accurately, and operate and maintain standard laboratory equipment.

  • Ability to work independently within established guidelines, to adjust to rapidly changing priorities, and apply problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to demonstrate performance of job duties to trainees.

  • Demonstrate personal integrity, efficiency, and ability to adjust to rapidly changing testing priorities.

  • Ability to work in a multi-tasking environment and display technical skills at many different workstations throughout the laboratory.

  • MT (ASCP) or MLT (ASCP) or equivalent.

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One year of experience with molecular testing.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

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