Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist – Clinical Laboratory – Full Time 8 Hour Rotating Shift (Non-Exempt) (Non-Union) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Sr. (Lead) Microbiology Clinical Laboratory Scientist performs a variety of standardized and highly specialized microbiological and molecular procedures in the Clinical Laboratory. As Lead Microbiology Clinical Laboratory Scientist, the individual is responsible for technical and staff supervision, administrative management of the section and for assuring proficiency of staff, accurate instrument operation, performance of maintenance and troubleshooting measures, quality control, quality assurance and proficiency testing.

Essential Duties:

  • Coordinates and integrates department services on intradepartmental, interdepartmental And hospital wide levels.
  • Plans for provision of service through provision of appropriate levels of qualified competent staff. Policies and procedures are in place to support scope of service.
  • Establishes and maintains performance improvement and quality control activities which support the department and the hospital.
  • Provides for orientation, training, and continuing education of staff.
  • Monitor space/resource requirements and utilization of outside resources.
  • Performs a variety of manual, semi-automated and automated Biochemical, Hematological, Microbiological/molecular procedures and/or Blood Bank analysis on varied patient specimens, maintaining a high degree of accuracy and productivity.
  • Recognizes normal, abnormal and critical results and taking appropriate action as required, including appropriate considerations for the age of the patient.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in clerical and computer functions, for communicating results and for carrying out additional clinical and clerical duties to meet the needs of the Department.
  • Assures results are available within defined TAT guidelines
  • Communicates and interacts effectively with co-workers, guests of the Institution and hospital clinical staff.
  • Maintains professional growth and development.
  • Participates in the Department’s Quality Assurance Program and continuing education sessions.
  • Help monitor supply levels, communicating with the supervisor for supplies that are needed, assisting in monitoring inventory, as assigned
  • Functions independently in performing responsibilities, organizing and prioritizing work, assisting other when work is caught up.
  • Adheres to Safety / Infection Control guidelines using personal protective equipment as required
  • Willingness to take on new tasks and additional responsibilities
  • Displays flexibility to cover the lab in emergencies and difficult staffing situations
  • Obtains specimens from designated patients as necessary.
  • Maintains an English speaking environment in all work areas
  • Adheres to established Hospital and Departmental policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

  • Req High school or equivalent
  • Req Bachelor’s degree Bachelor’s Degree in laboratory technology or related field.
  • Req 3 years 3 years experience in an Acute Care Facility setting; with 1-2 years in a senior/ lead capacity or experience in a specialized area
  • Req Prior experience to include: specialized and complex analysis, computer experience, quality control, calibration, QC evaluation, inventory control, preventative maintenance, and quality improvement in Microbiology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pref Bachelor’s degree Degree in Microbiology OR equivalent for California Clinical Microbiologist Laboratory Scientist License (preferred)
  • Pref 1 year 1-2 year experience in tertiary healthcare preferred
  • Pref ASCP Certification ASCP certification preferred but not required.
  • Pref Clinical Microbiologist Laboratory Scientist License Valid Clinical Microbiologist Laboratory Scientist License (from the State of California) preferred

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Req Clinical Laboratory Scientist – CLS California Clinical Laboratory Scientist license or Clinical Laboratory Scientist Limited License
  • Req Fire Life Safety Training (LA City) If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained by renewal before expiration date. (Required within LA City only)

The hourly rate range for this position is $46.00 – $76.07. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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