Oregon Health & Science University

Medical Laboratory Scientist - Relief

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Hospital/Clinic Support
Position Type
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Community Hematology Oncology Beaverton
Salary Range
$34.10 - $46.82 per hour
Monday - Friday
7:00am - 5:30pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

**** New-hires are eligible for Hiring Bonus and Relocation Assistance! *****


Come work at Oregon's #1 ranked hospital!

OHSU is more than Oregon's only comprehensive academic health center. It’s an entire community of people dedicated to a single cause. Each of us are here to improve the health and well-being of people in Oregon, and beyond. Our core values of quality, service, transparency and diversity are essential in what we do, but ultimately important because of why we are here. We are here to serve. We are here to innovate. We are here to lead. We are looking forward to the dynamic impact you will make by joining OHSU.


Community Hematology Oncology provides comprehensive medical care in a community setting for adults coping with a diagnosis of cancer or serious blood disorders. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) provides technical support in the OHSU Community Oncology Laboratory to complete laboratory testing for clinic patients.


The MLS performs Hematology, Chemistry and Urinalysis testing. The position requires monitoring and interpretation of all quality control systems.  The incumbent is responsible for both routine instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.


Community Hematology Oncology provides age appropriate care to the age groups that are indicated.

Function/Duties of Position

INSTRUMENT PROCESSING: Performs testing in all sections of OHSU Community Oncology Laboratory with accuracy, speed and efficiency using Sysmex XT 4000, Sysmex 1000, Beckman Coulter AU480, Beckman Coulter Access, Abbott Piccolo Express, Microscope. Follows all written procedures, policies and guidelines.


SAMPLE PREPARATION: Prepares patient samples for testing. Determines acceptability of specimens and results.  Repeats specimen testing as necessary to insure accuracy. Reports results via computer and phone.


RESULT VALIDATION: Ensures all patient data, both internal and send out testing, is received and documented in the patient Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Recognizes Critical Value results and immediately responds by notifying the appropriate provider.


INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE: Calibrates and performs routine maintenance on analytic analyzers. Uses problem solving skills to troubleshoot when indicated by patient or quality control results.


COMPUTER SKILLS: Performs required work using computer programs: EPIC, Word, Excel, Portal, E-chart and basic navigation of Community Hematology Oncology computer files.


QUALITY CONTROL: Performs all quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) tasks. This includes, but is not limited to: daily analyzer controls, instrument function checks, Proficiency Testing, documentation of QA issues involving both patients and/or instrument problems. Reports all QC and/or QA problems to the Laboratory Manager in a timely manner.


INVENTORY / SUPPLIES: Maintains adequate laboratory supplies by performing regular stock inventories and processing supply orders as needed. Maintains a clean environment within the laboratory.



  • Completes competency training and annual review of policies and procedure manuals in a timely manner.  Complies with Safety policies/processes and HIPAA regulations.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, site meetings, and training sessions.  Maintains and documents personal continuing education.  Keeps abreast of work unit issues and activities.
  • Assists with miscellaneous technical administrative functions to support daily laboratory activities.  When delegated, performs training of new employees and mentors less experienced employees.
  • Observes and reports changes in patient’s condition. 
  • Multitasks effectively, accesses appropriate staff resources when needed.  Willingly cross trains and/or participates in projects. 
  • Carries out job responsibilities ethically, professionally and with personal integrity; functions as a part of the team by exhibiting excellent communications, teamwork and customer service skills.
  • Demonstrates positive, respectful and honest verbal, written and listening skills in all interactions.  Willingly gives and accepts honest, constructive criticism, and communicates effectively with all our customers (patients, coworkers, providers, and caregivers, etc.).
  • Understands and complies with Code of Conduct, OHSU and departmental policies/procedures and other applicable procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Follows infection control policies, maintains knowledge of personal safety, patient safety, fire and electrical safety and disaster plan.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology which includes a clinical lab externship, and certification as MT(ASCP) or MLS(ASCP) within 90 days of hire.  Depending on date of training, different continuing education requirements will apply; OR
  • Completion of a 2 year accredited Medical laboratory Technician program, plus MLT (ASCP) or equivalent certification, and 4 years of experience in a clinical laboratory; certification as MT (ASCP) or MLS (ASCP) or by AMT preferred. Depending on date of training, different continuing education requirements will apply; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in a chemical or biological field, and 4 years’ experience as a Medical laboratory Technician in a clinical laboratory performing testing and related tasks, and certification as MT (ASCP) or MLS (ASCP) or by AMT preferred.  Depending on date of training, different continuing education requirements will apply.  Note, experience in a specialty lab area qualifies candidate to work only in the specialty area.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Past Oncology experience.
  • 2 years or more of Hematology experience.

Additional Details

  • Day Shift, Monday-Friday.
  • Ability to travel between the various offices of the OHSU Community Oncology work unit.
  • Environmental exposures include human tissues/fluids, chemicals and cytotoxic agents.
  • Wearing gloves and other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
  • Working in an environment of potential harmful exposures: including human tissues/fluids, chemicals and cytotoxic agents.
  • Wearing gloves and other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
  • Working in a somewhat noisy and crowded environment.

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 aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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