The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking a Medical Laboratory Technician that will rotate between the Histology and Virology sections of the VDL.
The successful candidate will work in a team laboratory environment requiring compliance with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) training for Biological Safety, Medical Waste, Chemical Hygiene and Laboratory Safety, and Security Awareness.
The Virology section position duties include: Prepares animal specimens, including unfixed tissue, submitted to the laboratory for diagnostic and/or research purposes, for virology-related testing. Assists with PCR testing, cell culture and serological assays; enters test results in the LIS; interacts with other laboratory personnel to ensure quality of the results to be reported; answers phones and communicates with client veterinarians in a professional manner; participates in processing of clinical and necropsy specimens; stores, organizes, disposes of laboratory specimens; participates in preparation and review of standard operating procedures, and maintains and manages laboratory records. Performs basic laboratory and equipment maintenance.
The Histology section position duties include: Trimming/grossing to processes fixed animal tissues according to established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and turnaround times. Enter trimming information into LIS system; takes pictures and annotates cases as needed (training will be provided); working with potentially hazardous chemicals: formic or hydrochloric acid used to treat routine samples and fixed Prion samples; process accessioned submissions to prepare for microtoming; performs basic Histology Lab duties.
Position responsibilities include the following:
35% - Prepares animal samples for laboratory assays and procedures. Assists with the performance of laboratory assays.
35% - Trimming/Grossing of fixed animal tissues following established Standard Operating Procedure and turn-around times. Assist others with trimming processes.
7.5% - Process accessions submissions to prepare for microtomy.
5% - Operates, maintains, and calibrates laboratory equipment to provide accurate performance of assays. Performs general laboratory maintenance duties.
5% - Participates in laboratory problem-solving, policy making, and Standard Operating Procedure writing and revision. Attends staff meetings and participates in VDL activities. Assists with special projects.
2.5% - Assists with providing testing and sampling information to clients.
2.5% - Assists with special projects. Inventories supplies to maintain a ready supply of laboratory consumables.
2.5% - Reviews paperwork for completeness and accuracy. Maintains quality control records. Enters data into laboratory information management system.
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Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in science or two-year associates degree program in Applied Science Medical Laboratory Technician including a six-month internship at an approved institution laboratory; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic laboratory techniques; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The job may require specialty certifications, approvals, or training.
One to three years of experience in basic laboratory techniques; Identification of animal organs, trimming/grossing of fixed animal organs (training will be provided). Requires manual dexterity (hand/eye coordination), involving working with potentially hazardous chemicals while maintaining established turnaround times. Ability to work in a team setting and/or independently. Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) or database system and office/spreadsheet software experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience in a diagnostic laboratory preferred.
A successful candidate will be a professional who is organized, does not “sweat the small stuff,” “sees the details,” and is able to remain calm, cool, and collected under pressure. The ideal candidate for this role will be team oriented, collaborative by nature, customer service focused, independent problem solver, and have a positive attitude, while maintaining a professional demeanor. Good written and oral communication skills; ability to function as a team member within and across multiple levels of operations.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references.
Working hours are Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.. The position is required to end shift no earlier than 8:00 p.m.
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