The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
The department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, MICROBIOLOGY CLINICAL LABORATORY ASSISTANT. As a member of the Fang Laboratory, the Clinical Laboratory Assistant is responsible for assisting laboratory members with non-technical laboratory tasks such as media preparation, autoclaving of biohazardous wastes, cleaning of laboratory glassware, general laboratory maintenance, and assisting with experiments as needed.
The person in this role is responsible for inventory control and semiannual organization of laboratory chemicals using MyChem, as well as stocking laboratory materials and maintaining a clean work environment. Works under the direct supervision of the faculty and senior fellows to assist in the performance of technical laboratory procedures such as PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, isolation of plasmid and genomic DNA, and more complex experiments as required.
Facilitate the smooth operation of the Fang Laboratory research operation in a BSL2 laboratory.
Prepare media including liquid and agar plates with and without antibiotics.
Prepare sterile glass and plastic supplies in the laboratory for general use.
Autoclave biohazardous laboratory waste for disposal.
Maintain a list of chemicals used in the laboratory using MyChem.
Maintain compliance, safety and training relevant to job functions as assigned.
Defrost freezers, as needed.
Perform related duties as required.
Requirements: High school graduation OR equivalent education/experience.
Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry or related fiel.
Experience in a microbiology laboratory operating at BSL2 containment.
Advanced science courses in Biology and hands-on laboratory work.
Experience with MyChem software used at the University of Washington for chemical inventory management.
Experience with Macintosh and PC personal computers.
Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.