Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist

Sera Prognostics, Inc. is a women’s health care company dedicated to improving the health of babies and mothers.  We are seeking a highly successful Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist for our CLIA/CAP/NYDOH accredited laboratory based in Salt Lake City. The Sera Clinical Laboratory (SCL) Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist provides services of both a technical and non-technical nature in the laboratory. They perform laboratory tests to provide physicians with rapid and accurate test results. They provide technical expertise in the use, calibration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all laboratory instruments and equipment, and ensure pertinent maintenance documentation is collected. They will assist the Director of Laboratory Operations to organize training activities, and monitor performance and competency for SCL personnel. The Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist ensures that laboratory procedures and test methods are performed according to established standard operating procedures (SOP), and that applicable quality control parameters and result reporting procedures are followed. General duties include:  preparation of specimens for processing in the laboratory; performance of highly complex analytical process; establishing, performing, and documenting quality assurance, quality control, and equipment maintenance; recognizing problems and identifying causes; confirming and verifying results through an in-depth knowledge of techniques, principles, and instruments; correlating and interpreting data based on knowledge of factors affecting test results; and data handling and input.  

 

Responsibilities

Technical:

  • Performs highly complex analytic processes without direct supervision. Uses routine and specialized laboratory procedures and/or techniques for which he/she is qualified, trained, and demonstrates competency according to established lab standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
  • Prepares specimens for processing in the laboratory; performs highly complex analytical processes; analyzes chromatographic data, transcribes and inputs generated results; performs and documents quality control and selected equipment maintenance; performs quality assurance activities; recognizes problems and assists in identification of the cause.
  • Operates laboratory instruments and ensures proper functioning of laboratory equipment. Troubleshoots basic instrument malfunctions and performs preventive and corrective maintenance on all laboratory equipment.Recognizes when professional service is required and requests service if needed. Otherwise, reports service needs to the instrument control engineer or supervisor for resolution. Maintains detailed documentation of instrument maintenance.
  • Calibrates laboratory instruments to ensure accuracy of test results. Performs quality control procedures as specified in lab SOPs and maintains QC records and documentation necessary to meet the standards of accrediting agencies.
  • Reviews proficiency testing results when received. Assists with corrective action resolution follow up reports.
  • Assists in continued instrument and/or testing method correlation, validation, and troubleshooting of tests as needed.
  • Implements changes to current laboratory policies and procedures in response to new technology or other new information or needs that warrant a process change.
  • Performs routine processes, technical procedures, and complex analytical processes at the bench as needed.
  • Provides technical expertise in interpreting difficult chromatographic data.
  • Understands appropriate specimen collection, handling, and transport procedures. Prepares specimens for analysis and determines acceptability of samples within guidelines. 
  • Maintains clean and orderly work area. Cleans bench surfaces and equipment each shift or after contamination or spill.
  • Maintains a safe laboratory environment and complies with Sera policies and safety procedures.

 

Knowledge Base:

  • Understands and complies with good laboratory practice, including safety, HIPAA, confidentiality, and regulatory requirements. 
  • Recognizes unexpected results, errors and problems with patient samples or results.
  • Observes principles of data security and patient confidentiality. Maintains ethical standards in the performance of testing and in interactions with patients, co-workers, and other health care professionals.

 

Analytical Decision Making:

  • Performs analytical decision-making functions without direct supervision.
  • Prioritizes order of testing workload and testing schedules. Coordinates general workflow in assigned area.
  • Resolves and documents resolution of all QC results which fail lab criteria and institutes corrective action.
  • Evaluates instrument/method failure and communicates according to protocol.

 

Training:

  • Responds to technical questions consistent with level of training.
  • Responsible for own continuing education and professional development.
  • Provides technical information and/or instruction to clients and new employees as defined and where appropriate.

 

Administration:

  • Maintains laboratory supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies. Performs and/or coordinates quarterly inventory counts and monthly cycle counts for reagents and lab supplies.
  • Suggests improvements in efficiencies for laboratory processes and procedures.
  • Implements changes in response to new technology and laboratory procedures as assigned.
  • Develops and maintains expertise in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Assists in providing updates to the LIMS database and User’s Guide as needed and at least annually.
  • Assists Supervisor to write and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) for technical procedures. New procedures will be written, and old procedures updated on an ongoing basis. New SOPs, and SOP changes, will be written, validated, prior to any procedural changes. All SOPs will be co-signed by the Laboratory Medical Director, Vice President of Laboratory Operations, and Quality Assurance. 

 

Quality:

 

  • Assist Supervisor to handle client complaints. Reviews pertinent information and performs or assigns additional investigation, as necessary. Follows up as needed to assure Sera Prognostics’ clients that problems are properly corrected.
  • Reviews patient testing results as needed. Ensures any associated quality control issues are resolved.
  • Communicates changes in a timely manner and educates on the need for the change. Ensures change are implemented in an orderly process.
  • Assists with SCL and Sera Prognostics corporate initiatives as defined.

 

Personnel:

  • Assist Supervisor to oversee SCL personnel in their duties of performing highly complex analytic processes and assesses procedures and techniques for which personnel are qualified.
  • Ensures new and existing staff are properly trained in all technical and safety procedures.
  • Assist Supervisor to complete a competency assessment on all employees before they are allowed to work independently, semi-annual for new employees and annually thereafter.
  • Directs the daily workflow assigned to the specific technical work section.
  • Provides coverage for absent testing personnel due to illness or vacation.
  • Motivates employees to maintain a positive, professional, productive, and safe work environment.

 

Communication:

  • Reports test results according to defined procedures.
  • Maintains open and effective communication with SCL personnel. Demonstrates willingness to cooperate with team members in the laboratory to accomplish timely and accurate testing.
  • Demonstrates professional demeanor, in personal appearance and behavior, in all work-related interactions inside and outside of the laboratory.
  • Demonstrates adaptability by embracing changes in the laboratory with a positive attitude. Provides constructive feedback for modification of laboratory procedures, policies and test/employee scheduling.

 

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Reporting Relationship

The Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist will report to the Director of Laboratory Operations of Sera Prognostics. This position will have no direct reports.

 

FLSA Classification

Exempt

Job Type

Full-Time

 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical, or biological science or medical technology from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of pertinent clinical laboratory experience in high complexity testing.
  • Experience with standard LIS or LIMS systems in a clinical laboratory setting
  • Experience and understanding of CAP and NYDOH clinical testing regulations

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Six (6) years of pertinent clinical laboratory experience in high complexity testing.
  • Experience with LC-MS instrumentation
  • Experience in immunology, antibody capture, and ELISA technologies
  • Current ASCP MLS, or C certification.

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