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Fairview Health Services Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota


The Cytogenetics Laboratory at University of Minnesota Medical Center – East Bank is looking for a fulltime MLS/MT working 80 hours per 2 week pay period, Monday-Friday days with rotating weekends and holidays.

The Cytogenetics Laboratory provides quality patient care by providing results for Cancer, Constitutional and Prenatal Studies. The laboratory utilizes highly specialized testing including G-banding, Comparative Genomic Hybridization and FISH Analysis to interpret patient results.

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We offer competitive Benefits (https://www.fairview.org/Careers/Benefits/Noncontract) , including Tuition Assistance and Reimbursement.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Cytogenetics MLS/MT functions independently in performing major Cytogenetics work responsibilities of the professional laboratory practice. A MLS/MT performs a wide variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic testing, and acts as a resource for problem resolution and interpretation of results. The MLS/MT may be responsible for method development research, instrument correlation, and method validation. The MLS/MT correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results. The MLS/MT assists in laboratory performance improvement activities.

Follows established guidelines to obtain specimens and prioritize work.

  • Assesses integrity of all specimens for testing.

  • Verifies correct identification of specimens before testing.

  • Follows established guidelines for determining priority of specimen testing and procurement.

  • Determines and/or revises priorities for specimen procurement within department guidelines and clinical information

Performs a wide variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic testing.

  • Performs waived, moderate or high complexity testing as defined by CLIA ’88.

  • May assist with method development research, instrument correlation, and method validation.

  • Functions independently in performing all major work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice.

  • Operates laboratory instrumentation and information systems according to procedures.

  • Completes specified maintenance on instruments.

Recognizes problems and takes appropriate measures to resolve them.

  • Assists with problem solving, corrective action and troubleshooting for lab procedures and unexpected events in lab operations

  • Initiates proper safety or emergency responses.

  • Consults with supervisor if unable to resolve issues.

  • Exercises critical thinking to maintain and improve department productivity and efficiency.

Evaluates testing results for accuracy and appropriate intervention.

  • Determine if test results fall within normal parameters and reporting protocols. Recognizes age-specific reference ranges.

  • Correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise and other conditions affecting test results.

  • Takes appropriate action to recheck abnormal, discrepant, or unexpected results.

  • Directly communicates abnormal and critical results to care giver.

  • Obtains information from caregivers to resolve reasons for incongruent results (physiologic or methodologic).

Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to Laboratory Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement and Laboratory Compliance Programs

  • Documents deviations and action taken.

  • Documents reagent, test kit and calibrator checks

  • Takes action to evaluate and resolve QC outliers. Consults with supervisor for assistance if needed.

  • Assumes responsibility for the lab Performance Improvement program by suggesting areas for improvement, collecting data, reviewing the results, and recommending corrective action to be taken.

  • Documents compliance with and demonstrates working knowledge of regulations of governmental or voluntary agencies

  • Collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote appropriate use of laboratory resources.

Orients and mentors new employees and students.

  • Participates in orienting individuals in routine and complex testing methodology, instrumentation, and information systems.

  • Checks work prior to release.

  • Completes training checklists and evaluations as appropriate.

  • Reports progress and problems to supervisor/manager.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in a related laboratory field including the related lab practicum or equivalent routes as specified inCLIA’88. (Preferred BS in Medical Laboratory Science/or Medical Technology.) HEW certification as a MedicalTechnologist is also recognized.


  • Possess or be eligible to receive appropriate HHS approved laboratory certification (ASCP, or AMT). HEWcertification is also recognized. If not certified, must obtain certificate within one year of eligibility/hire, which inno case will exceed 2 years if seeking a specialty certification.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ASCP certification in Cytogenetics

  • Prefer BS in Cytogenetics, Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology

  • Experience in FISH, G-Bands, or Micro array

Other Required Skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Good organizational skills

  • Good Communication skills

Desired Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to work under stress in a variety of situations

  • Ability to exercise independent judgment

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Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is an award-winning, nonprofit health system providing exceptional care across the full spectrum of health care services. Fairview is one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in the state, with 12 hospitals—including an academic medical center and long-term care hospital—serving the greater Twin Cities metro area and north-central Minnesota.

Its broad continuum also includes 56 primary care clinics, specialty clinics, senior living communities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, medical transportation, an integrated provider network and health insurer PreferredOne. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 32,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated providers embrace innovation to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.

EEO/AA Employer/Vet/Disabled All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to any lawfully protected status.

Job Locations US-MN-Minneapolis

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago (1/7/2021 2:36 PM)

Requisition ID 2021-66642

Profession Clinical/Direct Patient Care (non-nursing/allied Health)

Speciality Laboratory

Location University of Minnesota Medical Center (East Bank)

Shift day

Hours per 2 weeks 80

Department Labs - Cytogenetics