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Senior Medical Technologist, (A186036-2), R33, Zika Project

Company: City of Laredo, TX
Location: Laredo
Posted on: May 14, 2019

Job Description:

Job Summary Revised: 3/6/2019 Performs professional clinical "bench" laboratory procedures in all areas of the laboratory (Bio Safety Lab II & Bio Safety Lab III); performs complex testing procedures in particular vector Zika virus testing; reports results for evaluation for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment; ensures laboratory procedures are in compliance with quality control regulations, departmental policies and procedures, and state and federal regulations. Complies with all lab testing procedures, standard operating procedures, and safety and testing requirements in a professional and confidential manner. Teams with LAB BSC III (Biosafely Laboratory Level III) manager to assume compliance of BSC III and LRN Functions. Job Description KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: * Knowledge of current principles and techniques of a clinical environmental (Bio Safety Lab II & Bio Safety Lab III) laboratory methods and procedures. * Knowledge of diversified fundamental scientific medical and environmental technologist concepts and practices. * Skills in the use of diversified fundamental scientific and medical lab technologist concepts and practices in Bio Safety Lab II & Bio Safety Lab III. * Skills in the use of diversified specialized laboratory equipment. * Skills in the performance of complex clinical laboratory tests in Bio Safety Lab III. * Ability to express ideas and report findings in a comprehensive and thorough manner. * Ability to determine deterioration or change in reagents or equipment which might influence test results. * Ability to serve as lead-worker and to ensure subordinate personnel work in compliance with departmental policies and procedures. * Ability to learn and keep abreast of new techniques in the field of clinical and environmental laboratory testing procedures. * Ability to maintain a valid Texas Driver License and a good driving record. * Ability to project a positive and professional image of the City of Laredo. * Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in the English language and orally in the Spanish language. * Required to comply with all City of Laredo's policies and procedures. * Ability to maintain good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of the position. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed inside an office. Work may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions and outdoor elements, such as: excessive intermittent noise. Work may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions, such as: contagious infectious disease, irritating chemicals, dry atmosphere, and pneumatic vibration. Capable of working closely with others or alone, working long or irregular working hours, working shift work and/or weekends, and working with protective devices. Ability to office equipment, and mechanical equipment; Work requires light to moderate carrying and occasional lifting (under 15 pounds up to 50 pounds), straight pulling, pulling hand over hand, simple grasping, dual simultaneous grasping, repeated bending, sitting, standing, pushing, twisting, kneeling, stooping, climbing stairs, walking, and reaching above shoulders. Ability to see, write, read, count, identify shade of colors, perceive depth, and hearing is needed to perform the essential functions of this job. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Performs BSC III vector testing in particular Zika virus. * Performs quality control procedures and practices before beginning laboratory testing; tests instruments and equipment utilizing reagent controls specifically used to monitor performance; documents and verifies testing methods, procedures, and results. * Performs diagnostic procedures in hematology, urinalysis, and chemistry as well as water, food, and other environmental testing's; reports tests and permanently records results; informs doctors of abnormal results; refers abnormal results to a pathologist or a reference library. * May serve as lead to other medical technologist personnel; plans, schedules, and assigns work; instructs and trains employees in proper methods and procedures; checks and approves work in progress and upon completion. * Ensures equipment is maintained; documents equipment performance; performs periodic preventive maintenance on equipment used; prepares accurate and complete records of the same. * Assists with all Bio Safety Lab III testing and assists with environmental water and food testing. * Performs troubleshooting tasks in accordance with the guidelines of the product reference manual; performs minor repairs and refers major repairs to the instruments' service department. * Complies with the departmental procedural manual for the following purposes; to comply with accepted guidelines for tasks in clinical laboratory work; to maintain uniformity in methodology, to meet the requirements for inspection and to be periodically revised and updated regarding changes in policies and procedures. * Maintains current awareness and knowledge of topics, concerns, and issues related to laboratory testing; reads reference books, case studies, and surveys to acquire information of the same. * Performs routine bacteriology testing including cultures on enteric, respiratory, gonorrhea, blood, stains, vaginal wet preps, mycology, and T.B. (Tuberculosis)cultures to identify bacteria; prepares reports and statistics regarding test results; documents quality control measures performed during test procedures. * Participates in surveys which are conducted every three months; ensures department receives high grading. * Prepares stool concentrates, reads sediments and identifies blood and tissue parasites. * Performs pregnancy testing, RN typing, and blood glucose testing which also requires quality control supervision and proper documentation. * Ensures testing procedures and activities are in compliance with established departmental policies and procedures. * Must follow all rules of telephone courtesy in all telephone communications. * Performs other related work as assigned.. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Chemical Laboratory Science, Physical Laboratory Science, Biological Laboratory Science, or Clinical Laboratory Science. * AND- At least two (2) years of experience as a registered Medical/Laboratory Technologist in a clinical laboratory. * OR- Associates Degree from an accredited college or university in Applied Science majoring in Laboratory or Medical Technology. * AND- At least four (4) years of experience as a Medical/Laboratory Technologist in a clinical laboratory. * This position is grant funded. Therefore, it is solely dependent of availability of grant funds.* Valid Licenses and Certifications If an applicant currently holds one (1) of the following valid certifications, a copy of the certification must be attached to the application: * Medical Technologist (MT) from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP) * Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) from the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) * Medical Technologist (MT) from the United States Department of Health, Education, Welfare (HEW) * Registered Medical Technologist from the International Society of Clinical Laboratory Technology (ISCLT) If an applicant holds an Associate's degree, one (1) of the following certifications must be obtained within one (1) year of employment: * Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP) * Medical Technologist (MT) from the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) * Medical Technologist (MT) from the American Medical Technologists (AMT) Continued employment is contingent on successfully obtaining required certification(s) and/or license(s) within the specified period of time indicated above from time of hire. Valid Texas Driver License* * If applicant holds an out-of-state license, a State of Texas Driver License must be obtained prior to employment. As part of the minimum requirements for all positions with the City of Laredo, a thorough background check and certified school transcripts will be required from all applicants who are offered employment. Effective February 24, 1997, all selected applicants are required to undergo a drug and alcohol test prior to employment. Effective January 7, 2008, all persons in safety-sensitive functions/positions, as per City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy definition, shall be subject to random drug and alcohol testing. A person with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at (956) 727-6460 two days prior to the scheduled interview and/or test if applicable. "AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER, THE CITY COMPLIES WITH THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT."SDL2017

Keywords: City of Laredo, TX, Laredo , Senior Medical Technologist, (A186036-2), R33, Zika Project, Other , Laredo, Texas

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