Oregon Health & Science University

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
HC Core Laboratory
Salary Range
$34.10 - $46.82 per hour
M-F with rotating weekends
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.


This position provides technical support in the Core Laboratory to complete laboratory testing for OHSU hospital and clinic patients.  The successful candidate will be a qualified Medical Laboratory Scientist with generalist experience or equivalent capable of performing laboratory testing and associated activities needed to support the technical services provided by the Core Lab. 


Testing is performed in: Transfusion Service, Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Body Fluids and limited Microbiology.  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 procedures.  The successful candidate will be of professional demeanor and perform their duties with behaviors which will best serve the clients of the department.

Function/Duties of Position

Medical Laboratory Science Bench Duties

  • Perform routine lab testing; accurately record results and interpretations by computer entry and/or legibly in writing.
  • Use lab instruments, supplies and equipment responsibly and according to lab and manufacturer's guidelines and Transfusion Service procedures.
  • Perform complex serologic testing to resolve problems encountered in routine testing, accurately record results and interpretations.
  • Obtain consult to resolve issues.
  • Recognize incorrect or unusual blood product orders and take steps to modify the order after consult with patient physician or Transfusion Service medical staff or resident.
  • Maintain and manage an adequate inventory of perishable blood products and ensure that excessive wastage does not occur.
  • Choose appropriate blood products for patients based on urgency of need, available inventory, lab results, and therapeutic requirements.
  • Prepare blood components; document preparation, and label correctly.
  • Sign in blood products received from Red Cross with appropriate documentation. Issue and receive blood products to and from patient care areas.
  • Document transactions involving blood products correctly and legibly, i.e., receive/issue documentation; verbal orders; and orders placed with Red Cross, etc.
  • Follow established policies and procedures, but also have knowledge and authority to modify in special situations; bring these to the attention of the Technical Coordinator, Manager, or Medical Director. Seek guidance from or notify the Technical Coordinator, Manager, Medical Director, or Resident, when appropriate.
  • Train new personnel and mentor personnel in Transfusion Service procedures and policies while promoting excellent customer service, communication and teamwork.
  • Guide, instruct, and evaluate Medical Technician and Medical Laboratory Scientist students.
  • Ensure department specific turn-around times are met for tests, products and services.


Quality Control Monitoring, Maintenance and Review

  • Perform Quality control, periodic maintenance and Proficiency Testing as assigned.
  • Perform and document maintenance of analyzers, blood storage and other equipment.
  • Troubleshoot equipment and interact with vendors, as needed.
  • Participate in departmental Quality Monitoring/Improvement processes. Recognize and document variations, errors, and accidents. 
  • Document proper temperature of blood products in transit from hospital to hospital, and internally at OHSU.
  • Inspect blood products for appropriate appearance. Organize, check for accuracy, and report blood product usage statistics as assigned.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and ordering; alert Technical Coordinator or Manager when supplies are low in a timely manner.
  • Accurately bill blood products and testing, and record audit trail of product use in compliance with regulatory and accrediting requirements.

Departmental Personnel Duties

  • Adhere to Pathology Infection Control Policy.
  • Maintain safety and cleanliness of lab space and instruments. Follow established infection control policies, fire safety, and precautions for blood born pathogens.
  • Communicate effectively in a professional manner with co-workers, other hospital medical and nursing staff, and Red Cross Blood Center staff.
  • Promote excellent teamwork and customer service for all hospital personnel. Answer telephone queries correctly, courteously, and promptly; refer questions when appropriate.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor with customers and fellow staff.
  • Recognize opportunities to improve services and actively participate in suggesting, planning, and monitoring solutions.
  • Adhere to attendance policy
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Participate in training programs.
  • In addition to scheduled working hours, this position may require the employee to work weekends, after hours and holidays.
  • Monitor fellow employee performance. Provide Manager with peer review feedback, if requested, for annual performance review.
  • Complete other duties and special projects assigned by the Technical Coordinator, Manager, or Medical Director.
  • Carry out job responsibilities in an ethical, responsible, honest, effective, and professional manner.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without accommodation.As part of the qualifications requirement, the following Core Competencies are expected of all OHSU employees regardless of their position within the organization.
    • Accountability: Ability to establish mutual agreements that result in clear responsibility, taking personal action to accomplish an agreed result and assuming personal responsibility for the results of behavior and actions.
    • Integrity: Actions are consistent with ethical values.  Honest in communication and actions.
    • Diversity:  Honors the uniqueness of each individual, challenges stereotypes and promotes sensitivity and inclusion.  Functions effectively and respectfully within the context of varying cultural beliefs, behaviors and backgrounds. 
    • Respect: Demonstrates consideration and appreciation for colleagues, clients and customers.
    • Service Orientation: Seeks opportunities to improve the work and work environment to better meet the needs of internal and external customers. 
    • Teamwork & Collaboration: Works cooperatively and productively with others to achieve shared goals.
    • Communication: Demonstrates the ability to convey thoughts and ideas as well as understand perspective of others.

Additional Details

Generous Benefits Package Including:
• Comprehensive medical, dental & vision care plans - Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
• $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
• Retirement: Choose between pension plan or employee matching voluntary savings plan
• Vacation - Up to 200 hours per year depending on length of service
• Sick Leave - Up to 96 hours per year
• 8 paid holidays per year
• Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
• Tuition Reimbursement 
• Innovative Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Cutting Edge Wellness Platform 
• Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
• Employee Discounts
• …and much more!

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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