Oregon Health & Science University

Medical Laboratory Scientist (E)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity.
Multiple schedules available (Discussed at the time of interview)
Varies (Discussed at the time of interview)

Department Overview

OHSU’s focus on healing, teaching, and discovery combined with our deep history in Oregon is unique. We are the state’s only academic health center and one of the only universities in the U.S. devoted exclusively to educating doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and public health professionals. At OHSU, we strive to make an impact in our community by delivering excellence in our Health Care facilities, utilizing cutting-edge technologies while enhancing the knowledge of our inclusive healthcare professionals and leaders. We value each and every one of our professionals by providing a welcoming work environment and industry leading benefits.


OHSU is hiring! We offer a variety of benefits on top of joining a thriving organization:

  • Hiring bonus and relocation incentives available upon hire
  • Schedules to be discussed at the time of screenings 
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage at low or no cost to employees
    • Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
  • Several retirement plans to choose from! – Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan and University Pension Plan, voluntary savings plans (403b and 457b)
  • Up to 200 hours (equal to 25 full days) a year of paid time off 
  • 96 hours of sick leave a year (prorated for part-time employees) 
  • Commuter subsidies
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Access to group life insurance, disability insurance and other supplemental benefits
  • Annual Raises
  • Employee discounts to local and major businesses
  • Growth/Development Opportunities

We want you, apply and work with us today! https://www.ohsu.edu/

Function/Duties of Position

The Medical Laboratory Scientist performs a variety of routine and complex tests and analyses at a professional level and provides data used in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of human illnesses and diseases. Employees at this level are often required to use a high degree of technical judgment and decision making to ensure the most accurate and informative test results. The Medical Laboratory Scientist may provide technical interpretation of test results to physicians or other professional health care personnel.



  • Laboratory Testing: Collects specimens for testing and checks for proper labeling (this may include collecting appropriate specimen for testing from patients); accessions specimen and requisition slip; prepares specimen for analysis by diluting, filtering, staining, or centrifuging; prepares necessary equipment and organizes supplies and reagents; runs quality control samples with known values to determine if test system is within acceptable limits; performs chemistry, microbiology, immunology, serology, hematology, toxicology, molecular, microscopic and other tests using a variety of both standard and complicated laboratory instruments and equipment according to specified procedures; when necessary, performs calculations in order to achieve test results; enters test results into computer and reports results as appropriate; obtains computer printout of completed work to determine if all test values were entered correctly and all assigned work was completed; performs all quality control procedures and checks.
  • Authority and Decision Making: assesses quality and appropriateness of specimens with regard to test requested; evaluates completed tests for accuracy and quality using specified quality control parameters; correlates results of several tests in order to determine appropriateness of results; determines clinical significance of test results and notifies provider immediately of abnormal test results or problems, according to written policies; interprets test results to physicians and others when requested; responds to inquiries concerning test results.
  • Materials Preparation: weighs out chemicals and prepares reagents and other media in advance of time needed; reconstitutes materials used for quality control; performs quality control checks on all newly prepared reagents and media. 6823A 2 Updated 7/2018
  • 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 fuses; records all actions taken in a maintenance record book.
  • Training: explains laboratory test procedures, principles, and theories to students, trainees, and staff; demonstrates instrument set-up, calibration, and maintenance; evaluates results of students’ practice tests.
  • Miscellaneous: attends continuing education seminars and reads related journals, periodicals, and magazines to keep up-to-date on the most current laboratory procedures and technology; may test and implement new procedures; may attend continuing education courses as required by some accrediting agencies.

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

Additional Details

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity.

  • Shift differentials offered for evening, night and weekend schedules. 
  • Opportunities: FT/PT/Flex  to be discussed at the time of screenings

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.


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