Clinical Lab Scientist - Microbiology

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Newport Beach, California, US
Apr 30, 2021
May 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Clinical Lab Scientist I

Performs a range of standard and/or technically demanding procedures in one or more of the Clinical Laboratory disciplines exercising initiative and independent judgment. Communicates technical or general information to their manager, director, & medical staff. May provide instruction in the basic theory, technical skills and application of laboratory test procedures. May provide functional supervision to support personnel.

Essential Functions

Clinical Scientist I

Performance of analytical procedures:
  • Performs a range of standard procedures in one or more of the clinical laboratory disciplines.
  • Recognizes critical or significant findings.
  • Operates instruments and other equipment following established procedures.
  • Performs calibration, standardization and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Performs simple trouble-shooting activities according to established guidelines.
  • Disseminates laboratory test information in a timely manner.
  • Utilizes the laboratory information system or other established systems to verify and document results.

Performance of quality management & performance improvement:
  • Demonstrates behaviors that support performance improvement activities.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles and practices of quality management and performance improvement.
  • Monitors accuracy and precision of laboratory tests personally performed.
  • Adheres to quality control protocols to assure accuracy of results.
  • Review new procedures and instructions as needed.
  • Documents nonconforming events.

Education and training:
  • Maintains competence and professional development.
  • Maintains license, certification or registration as required.
  • Actively participates in continuing education programs.
  • Involved in education of student Clinical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Clinical Care:
  • Ensure that quality patient care is delivered to all patients on a 24-hour basis, and the section is maintained in accordance with professional and regulatory standards and the philosophy and goals of Hoag.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education, Training and Experience


Clinical Scientist I:
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or related science
  • Zero to two (0-2) years of experience

Skills or Other Qualifications

  • General and working knowledge of laboratory medicine and detailed knowledge of one or more of the following areas: transfusion medicine, microbiology, serology, chemistry, hematology, urinalysis and coagulation testing.
  • Skilled in reading documents written in Standard English as well as scientific documents such as Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines.
  • Skilled in writing technical reports.
  • Skilled at speaking using appropriate vocabulary and grammar such to ensure information is obtained and policies and procedures are understood.
  • Skilled in the use of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions.
  • Knowledge of the metric system.
  • Word processing skill to prepare reports.
  • Knowledge of where to go within the organization for information and ability to judge what information should be passed on to others including management.
  • Good communication, customer service and teamwork skills.

  • Laboratory Information Systems and Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Information systems with emphasis on Microsoft applications

License and Certifications

  • State of California Clinical Laboratory Scientist License or
  • One of the following State of California Limited Clinical Laboratory Scientist License
    • Clinical Chemist Scientist License (work limited to Chemistry only)
    • Clinical Hematologist Scientist License (work limited to Hematology only)
    • Clinical Immunohematologist Scientist License (work limited to Blood Bank only)
    • Clinical Microbiologist Scientist License (work limited to Microbiology only)
    • Public Health Microbiologist Certification (work limited to Microbiology only)
  • Valid California License or Certification as required for scope of work in area of specialty or subspecialty

  • N/A

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