Excellence, Teamwork, Leadership and Innovation. These values define UConn Health. We are looking for team members that share these same values. Our top rated organization is looking to add Medical Technologists to our growing Pathology and Lab Medicine team. If you have a background in this field, as well as a passion for customer and patient experience, we want to hear from you.
UConn Health is looking for a highly skilled Medical Technologist with experience in Microbiology and Serology and a passion for patient experience. This class provides laboratory testing services to the hospital and community primarily in the areas of infectious diseases, environmental health, and suspected bioterrorist agents. This position will work primarily in Microbiology & Serology and may provide coverage in the Core Lab and Blood Bank within Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UConn John Dempsey Hospital located in Farmington, CT.
THIS POSITION MAY BE FILLED AS MED TECH 1 OR 2.
COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS OFFERED:
Industry-leading health insurance options and affordability, some offer no annual deductible and minimal co-pays
Generous vacation and sick-time plans
Multi-channel retirement options (pension and match options)
Tuition waiver and reimbursement for employees and qualified family members
Quick commute access from I-84, Route 9 and surrounding areas
State of the art facility and campus environments
Progressive leadership and educational development programs available
SCHEDULE: There are three (3) positions available
2020-912 – Full time, evenings, 80 hours every two weeks, primarily 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
2020-920 – Full time, nights, 80 hours every two weeks, primarily 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
2020-921 – Part time, nights, 80% FTE, 64 hours every two weeks, nights, primarily 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
All three positions are subject to rotating weekends and holidays as required, may work 1st and 3rd shift to accommodate departmental needs per contract, 30-minute unpaid meal break, may be required to stay at or return to work during public health incidents and/or emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as required in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or work outside the normal assigned duties during an incident and/or emergency.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Receives direction from the Microbiology Supervisor, Chief Technologist, Laboratory Director or Manager,
Microbiology Division Director or Department Head.
EXERCISED SUPERVISION: May exercise technical and functional supervision over technical and administrative support staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Performs microbiological and related biological and bio-chemical examinations on clinical and environmental specimens for the detection and identification of microbial agents of disease; identify microorganisms to the genus and species level; perform serological tests to aid in diagnosis of communicable and other diseases.
Utilizes automated systems, e.g. MicroScan, Bactec, ECI, Ampliprep, Taqman, Panther, and Cepheid GeneXpert, to perform susceptibility testing, blood culture techniques, immunological, and molecular diagnostic procedures.
Performs molecular testing procedures such as PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), for the identification of communicable disease agents, e.g.
Babesia, Anaplasma, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, HCV, HPV, and Thrombophilia Mutations
Use of the LIS, Siemens, and other computer based systems to charge, process, and report patient results. Must have the ability to trouble
shoot patient demographic and order entry in these systems.
May perform virology procedures to isolate and identify viruses and mycoplasma, e.g. cell culture techniques, immunofluorescent procedures,
and enzyme immunoassays.
May perform mycology and mycobacteriology procedures to isolate and identify yeast, dermatophytes, molds, other fungal agents and acid fast organisms.
Performs parasitology procedures to identify intestinal, blood and tissue parasites, and ectoparasites.
Performs serology procedures to diagnose HIV, Hepatitis, Lyme disease, and other infectious diseases. Procedures include EIA, immunoblots, latex agglutination, immunofluorescence, and instrument assisted chemiluminescence.
Performs proficiency tests on simulated specimens.
May order and/or prepare testing culture media, stains, and reagents; prepare and examine slide preparations for the detection of microbial agents.
Accurately reads, interprets and records the results of laboratory tests and stains.
Integrates instrument data, quality control and test principles for accurate result reporting.
Assists with the collection and analysis of laboratory data; enter, retrieve and process computer generated lab reports.
Performs procedures for quality control and quality assurance of all laboratory analyses
Keeps records, prepare and update written reports and procedure manuals.
Provides or communicates highly technical and complex information clearly to physicians, medical personnel and the public.
May assist in research, planning and evaluation of alternate methods and new testing procedures.
May assist with training of laboratory or other related personnel.
Reviews and follows current literature to maintain state-of-the-art methodology and technologies in the field of microbiology and molecular biology.
Prepares and analyzes samples in a BSL-2 and/or BSL-3 laboratory environment, including suspected bioterrorist agents.
Meets and adheres to all requirements of regulatory agencies and state and federal statutes.
Practices and principles of basic laboratory operations, techniques and procedures utilized in the areas of microbiology (e.g. virology, parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology, and serology), chemistry, molecular diagnostics and / or immunology.
Life processes of various microorganisms and their effect on the human body; the etiologies and epidemiology of the agents of communicable diseases
Recognizes Pathogens verses normal flora in clinical specimens
Safety procedures relating to a laboratory to include handling of highly infectious biological agents as well as potentially hazardous chemicals; appropriate hazardous clean up procedures; universal precautions and infection control procedures
Operational characteristics of apparatus, equipment and materials used in a laboratory.
Computer systems and techniques as applied within the field of a public health or clinical laboratory and related office management.
Perform microbiological procedures; culture and isolate microorganisms; analyze and interpret information from microscopy; prepare, read and interpret slide preparations.
Analyze test results and biochemical reactions; identify microorganisms; interpret tests and quality control results; know principles of test systems.
Understand the principles and possess the ability to perform molecular testing without supervision. Ability to troubleshoot and optimize all molecular assays.
Observe safety precautions and handling of infectious specimens; remember principles involved in biochemical reactions; understand laboratory procedures.
Demonstrate correct laboratory methods, practices and techniques.
Manipulate and operate simple and complex laboratory equipment including computers; may perform maintenance and limited tear down and replacement of parts of laboratory equipment; problem-solve equipment malfunctions.
Perform basic laboratory techniques, including pipetting and follow test procedure directions as written. Ability to pipette small quantities accurately.
Explain procedures and findings to medical personnel.
Organize test data for the purpose of reporting and documenting test results for medical personnel's interpretation.
Analyze situations and arrive at accurate conclusions.
Learn, interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Guarantee confidentiality of laboratory test results and patient identity.
Prepare and record accurate laboratory reports.
Wear protective gear such a face shields, gloves and fluid resistant coats.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Understands and applies principles of customer service: communicates via phone or in person in a respectful, knowledgeable and professional manner.
Work quickly and accurately under stressful conditions
Follows principles of age-specific patient interaction and HIPAA regulations.
Participate in the quality assurance program
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Medical Technologist 1: Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, or closely related field. Must be eligible for and/or taken the ASCP exam; must be certified within six (6) months of graduation.
Medical Technologist 2: Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, or closely related field and two (2) years of Medical Technology experience.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Med Tech 2- Must have current ASCP or NRM certification as a Medical Technologist or Registered Clinical Microbiologist OR ability to obtain certification within six (6) months of employment.
SUBSTITUTION ALLOWED FOR BACHELOR DEGREE:
(Med Tech 2): Accreditation as a Technologist in the related specialty from the Board of Registry (ASCP) in MT/MLS. If Medical Technologist
Certification received after 01/01/2004, Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) points to retain certification are required.
SPECIAL EXPERIENCE & REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge of the technical aspects of the tests performed in bacteriology (including automated ID and antimicrobial susceptibility systems), serology, virology, parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology, and molecular diagnostics.
Incumbents in this class will be given a visual color sampling.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE & TRAINING:
Familiarity with high throughput Molecular platforms, thermal cyclers and other common laboratory equipment.
Knowledge of Soft Computer Systems and EPIC Beaker.
Molecular testing experience.
Ability to accurately pipette low volume samples using single and multi-channel pipettes.
Possession of current certification as a Medical Technologist or Registered Clinical Microbiologist or the ability to obtain certification within 6 months (ASCP or NRM).
Incumbents in this class are exposed to disagreeable odors, infectious materials, radioactive, toxic and other hazardous substances.
Work requires visual strain due to prolonged/extended close examination of specimens and use of a microscope (light or fluorescent).
Prolonged periods of standing, sitting and walking.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
Ability to bend and reach in order to operate instrumentation
MINIMUM FULL-TIME SALARY EQUIVALENT:
Med Tech 1 $61,714
Med Tech 2 $70,512
Why UConn Health
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