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Oregon Health & Science University Medical Lab Technician in Portland, Oregon

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance the early detection of cancer when the disease is most treatable.

With decades of academic laboratory experience in pathology and genetics, the Knight Diagnostic Laboratories deliver advanced diagnostic testing to make personalized medicine a reality. Specializing in oncology, rare genetic disorders, and infectious disease, the laboratories are CLIA certified and CAP accredited. Our Medical Directors and seasoned technical staff have many years of experience in clinical testing and test development and are dedicated to providing the best quality service for physicians and their patients. Through our close partnership with the Knight BioLibrary and Histopathology Shared Resource Laboratories, research investigators can gain access to human biological specimens, histology, and immunohistochemistry services.

The purpose of the Medical Lab Technician in the MDC Laboratory is to support the laboratory by performing specimen preparation, assessing sample integrity by performing a variety of moderate and high complexity specialized laboratory procedures, reagent preparation and other lab duties requiring initiative and independent decision making skills. The position works closely with KDL Front office, PTRL, and Cytogenetics staff. This position will facilitate and further enable the MDC Lab to provide high quality patient care testing services that support the overall patient care mission of the Knight Cancer Institute and OHSU Hospitals and Clinics.

Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:

  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently

  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence

  • We work as a CONNECTED team — We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone

Duties Include:

Reviews requisitions/orders to confirm proper patient demographics have been entered, sample info is correct, and that the proper test has been accessioned. Isolates and quantitates DNA and/or RNA from blood, bone marrow, muscle, amniotic fluid or other tissue, utilizes established, written Laboratory technical protocols for manual methods or automated methods using the MagNaPure, Qiagen EZ1, and Qiagen QIAcube instruments for genetic, oncology and infectious disease testing. Assesses DNA sample quantity and quality as appropriate using Nanodrop and/or Qubit and performs QC. Maintains accurate, complete written and computer records. Assures sample integrity. Performs leukocyte cell counts using Sysmex 300, including daily QC using commercial standards and complete documentation of target values. Enters clinical data into Beaker and LabDirector. Assists technologist as needed.

Prepares reagents and chemical solutions according to written laboratory specifications and maintains documentation of lot numbers, preparation dates, and expiration dates (shelf life). Utilizes the pH meter, calibrated pipeting devices, and autoclave where required in preparation of chemical solutions. Prepares and maintains stock and aliquots of reagents in common use (such as Analytical markers, Proteinase K, loading buffers), and ensures clear and proper labeling of all primary and secondary containers of reagents and chemicals. Maintains complete chemical inventory log with annual updates, including copies of MSDS sheets.

Cleans lab glassware and plastics; autoclaves lab glassware, and maintains log of all autoclave runs. Prepares monthly autoclave reports. Periodically checks and records water quality.

Generates spread sheets of lab data points as requested to aid in statistical or quality control evaluation of lab data. Assist in new test development. Maintains temperature control logs for temperature dependent instrumentation in the Lab, including freezers, refrigerators, waterbaths, incubators, and hybridization ovens. Ensures calibration of all thermometers. Performs periodic cleaning and calibration checks for auto-dispensing pipets used for measured liquid reagent dispensing.

Other duties as assigned, including: Assists lab personnel with inventory, and orders; labels all chemicals and reagents received in the Lab; Phone triage; Adheres to Lab and OHSU policy concerning release of patient test results, in accordance with confidentiality and consent agreements; Attends and participates in Lab meetings and training. Performs other projects as assigned or requested by the supervisor or technical directors. Adheres to OHSU and Lab guidelines for matters relating to attendance, appearance, and professional conduct.

  • Completion of a 2 year accredited program in Medical Laboratory Technician training plus MLT (ASCP) or AMT certification completed within 90 days of hire; depending on date of training, different continuing education requirements will apply - OR - Bachelor's degree in a chemical or biological science, and two years of Laboratory Technical Assistant training/experience performing standardized laboratory tests in the specialty area(s) in which high complexity testing will be performed; MLT(ASCP) or AMT certification preferred; depending on date of training, different continuing education requirements will apply.

  • This position requires good judgment, professional composure, keen organizational skills, excellent phone etiquette and interpersonal skills.

  • General knowledge of laboratory terminology, equipment, materials, techniques and safety.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions accurately.

  • Ability to work independently within established guidelines, to adjust to rapidly changing priorities, to communicate and work effectively within a group.

  • Skill in handling laboratory specimens, record keeping, sterile technique and laboratory equipment.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a variety of clients including doctors, nurses, laboratory staff and patients and maintain confidentiality and a customer focus at all times.

Bachelor’s degree in a Biomedical science (or equivalent), OR: One year of "technical trainee" experience as a Laboratory Assistant in a medical laboratory; OR: Completion of a certified Laboratory Assistant training program; OR: Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree from an accredited Medical Laboratory Technician training program; OR: Forty-five credit hours of university chemistry, biology, or microbiology laboratory course AND exposure to modern molecular genetic techniques in a clinical or research molecular laboratory.

Apply online. Please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.

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

Recruitment ID: 2020-4266

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Downtown

Job Type: AFSCME union represented

Posting Department: Knight Molecular Diagnostic Lab - Knight Cancer Institute

Posting Pay: $24.65 - $28.99 per hour

Posting FTE: 1.00

Posting Schedule: Monday through Friday

Posting Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm

HR Mission: School of Medicine

Drug Testable: Yes