Under general direction, the Medical Technologist is responsible for performing skilled technical, high complexity molecular testing and interpretation of patient samples. Clinical production, quality assurance and troubleshooting along with collaborative instrument and assay development are duties of this position. In addition, this individual will provide support in general laboratory maintenance and departmental operations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities - Include but are not limited to the following (other duties may be assigned to meet business needs)
-Independently perform and complete routine patient testing. This includes review, interpretation, and reporting patient results with reliability, accuracy, and integrity
-Provide proper and efficient delivery of quality laboratory services in a timely manner.
-When needed, assist in performing laboratory operations, including inventory, ordering, equipment maintenance, and methods.
-Follow laboratory procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analysis, reporting and record maintenance of patient results in accordance with Vibra Health Laboratory and CLIA and COLA standards.
-Interact collaboratively with other team members and external partners.
-Troubleshoot current assays and assist in testing software, assay or instrument validations.
-Ensure that proficiency and competency testing is conducted in a timely, accurate manner, and reviewed by appropriate staff.
-Monitor quality control program(s) to ensure that acceptable levels of analytical performance are maintained for each test system.
-Ensure that patient test results are reported only when the systems are functioning properly.
-Assist in maintaining the LIS by proactively identifying information needed and problems.
-Develop and maintain clinical and technical knowledge base for key clinical areas.
-Aid in new staff development for the organization.
-Ensure that all laboratory safety rules and standards are followed in accordance with the Hazardous Communication Policy to include internal handling and waste disposal.
-Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science, Medical Technology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or a related science AND
-Successful graduation from a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) or ASCP, accredited Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science program OR
-Successful graduation from a NAACLS or ASCP Categorical Technologist program in Molecular Biology
-Completion of an accredited clinical internship or equivalent experience/training as required by the ASCP Board of Registry certification.
-Additional acceptable educational standards will be under the discretion of the Laboratory Supervisor and Laboratory Director.
Training Experience, Certifications/Licensures, and Qualifications
-A minimum experience of 3 years in a CLIA (and COLA or CAP) certified clinical laboratory and 5 years of experience in Molecular (and preferably additional Microbiology) applications.
-Experience in research and validations of new platforms and assays
U.S. certification, U.S. certification eligibility, or certification assessment by:
- ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist – MLS(ASCP)
- ASCP Medical Technologist – MT(ASCP)
- ASCP Technologist (categorical) certification – MB(ASCP)
- Equivalent agency certification
Additional acceptable experience and certification standards will be under the discretion of the Laboratory Supervisor and Laboratory Director.
-Ability to perform at a high level with minimal supervision – a self-motivated individual
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Punctual, honest and trustworthy
-Astute attention to detail
-Excellent collaboration skills
-Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
-Knowledge of quality control practices and CLIA regulations
Work is performed in a controlled, sanitized laboratory that follows proper guidelines to function at a Biosafety Level 2. Employees entering and leaving the laboratory must wear appropriate clothing and protective equipment such as masks, goggles, and gloves as applicable.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; lift; bend; sit; push; drive; use hands to finger, grasp, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is subject to repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers when typing as well as when testing samples.
The physical demands of the position are considered light work. The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform work activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operating of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices. The employee within this position may be subject to vibration, certain hazards due to exposure to chemicals, noise, and atmospheric conditions.
-The percentage of travel time expected is approximately 5%. Travel is primarily local during the business day.
Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others are consistent with these standards and align with the values of the organization.
Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with other both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization.
Process flow & Analysis: Understand how to best identify and flag issues within the supply chain, communicate them to account management accordingly on both a daily and ad hoc basis.
Communication: Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
Client Service: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal staff and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
Initiative: Is a self-starter, shows originality, makes decisions when required, and initiates action. Understands broader organizational and team goals to proactively address what needs to be accomplished and when, without constant managerial oversight and direction.
Laboratory Performance: Work cooperatively towards increasing productivity, reducing TATs and minimizing process-related errors and issues.
Critical Thinking & Decision Making: Identify communications, logistical, facility and other issues and opportunities proactively, use sound judgment in all interactions inside and outside the organization
Judgement: Assess situations to determine importance, urgency, and risks. Ability to make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
Organization: Set priorities, develop a task list, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
Operational Improvement: Proficient tracking, management, and analyzing of sample data to identify opportunities, mitigate problems, and improve workflow. Work cooperatively to experience a decrease in accession-related errors or lapses.
Proactive Planning: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create, and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
Problem Resolution: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Adaptability: Demonstrate flexibility in the face of change and always project a positive demeanor.
Technical Skills: Display proficiency in using standard office and standard molecular biology and microbiology lab equipment. Must be able adapt quickly to new technology and easily acquire new technical skills.
Job Type: Full-time, Days, Evenings
Vibra Health Lab
Why Work Here?Vibra Health Lab (VHL) was built on the foundation of a partnership between two reputable companies known for their internal infrastructure and industry experience; OSP Health and Vibra Hospital. VHL is based in Troy, Michigan where our flagship, state of the art, full medical reference laboratory is located and services the communities of Michigan and Ohio.
Excellent leadership, great benefits, and a fun and career-driven culture!