Medical Laboratory Technologist

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Boston, MA3.9

Full-time$53,000 - $76,000 a year
The Lemuel Shattuck Hospital (LSH) is seeking an experienced and committed, Medical Laboratory Technologist.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
Performs testing in Blood Bank, Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis and Coagulation as well as limited testing in Microbiology and Serology.
Operates laboratory instruments such as microscopes, Chemistry and Hematology Analyzers, cell washers, incubators (aerobic and CO2) and other instrumentation relating to testing in the Clinical Laboratory.
Performs phlebotomy.
May be required to assist in bone marrow slide preparation.
Performs patient testing, proficiency testing and all required quality control as determined by each department.
Follows infection control policies maintaining cleanliness in all areas of the Clinical Laboratory. Disinfects all work areas and instrumentation and disposes of all biohazard waste using proper disposal receptacles.
Provides information on collection and transportation of specimens for laboratory testing both within the agency and for outside reference laboratories.
Prepares specimens for outside reference laboratory testing and arranges transportation of these specimens to the laboratory.
Records and communicates laboratory results, both normal and abnormal to medical/nursing staff.
Maintains records for all testing performed, methods and materials used including lab numbers and expiration dates along with quality control, maintains records and names of medical/nursing staff taking lab results.
Determines suitability of specimens received for testing; prepares all necessary reagent/controls for testing.
Performs required quality control of all reagents and equipment.
Inspects and evaluates laboratory equipment, making minor or routine mechanical repairs and/or adjustments as needed prior to testing. Performs scheduled calibration of equipment as required by each laboratory department with appropriate documentation.
Answers telephone inquiries from medical/nursing staff as well as from outside reference laboratories.
Assist in maintaining inventory by reporting to supervisor low levels or absence of necessary supplies.
Compiles statistics for monthly and annual reports.
Follows written and oral instructions.
Communicates effectively, both written and oral.
Attends meetings, seminars and workshops to keep current with new trends in the field.
Follows safety policies and procedures when handling bio-hazardous material by wearing all necessary protective equipment.
May supervise (intermittently) laboratory technicians and laboratory assistants.
Documents remedial action when deficiencies are identified with quality control instrument problems or other laboratory related situations.
May be required to work any shift other than the designated tour of duty as deemed necessary by the Dir. of Clinical Lab/Pathology or his/her designee.
Participates in quality assurance activities.
Will be required to work independently (alternate weekends).

Preferred Qualifications:
Ability to understand, explain, and apply the procedures, guidelines, policies, laws, rules, and regulations of assigned unit activities.
Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
Familiarity with principles and practices of phlebotomy, medical technology, and proper specimen handling and transportation.
Demonstrated ability of sanitation and sterilization methods, techniques and procedures followed in the laboratory; Proper methods used in the disposal of contaminated laboratory materials.
Knowledge of terminology and standard abbreviations as applied to all areas of the clinical lab, i.e. blood bank, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, coagulation, and urinalysis.
Ability to work with patients who are physically or mentally challenged.
Competent in performing limited troubleshooting techniques and to recognize mechanical problems and to report such problems to appropriate staff.
Proficient work with Laboratory Information Systems and understanding of calibration and/or adjustment techniques as applied to laboratory equipment.
Ability to perform routine and as needed maintenance on all lab equipment.
Skilled in working with chemicals, gases, flammable and/or pathogenic material etc., provided that the necessary protective materials are supplied for proper handling of the above stated hazards.
Strong analytical, problem solving skills and ability to perform mathematical computations with speed and accuracy.
Knowledge of properties and characteristics of chemicals, acids, and materials used in a laboratory.

LSH takes pride in helping people recover from illnesses and conditions that are often underserved or difficult to manage in other health care settings. The Hospital serves populations that are mostly indigent, often in the care and custody of state agencies, and present with clinical issues that arise from mental illness, homelessness, and substance abuse. LSH provides 260 inpatient beds and 25 specialty medical clinics, including surgical services, to patients and clients referred by private sector providers and state agencies (including the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS), and the Department of Corrections (DOC)). We strive continuously to improve the quality of life for our patients through the delivery of collaborative treatment and a patient-focused continuum of care. Teaching professionals from various health disciplines always have been a part of the hospital’s charge as well.

Shift Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with alternate weekends
Days Off: Varies

Pre-Offer Process:
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 617-971-3732.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have (A) at least two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, or academic research experience in microbiology, molecular biology, or medical laboratory technology or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Based on assignment, applicants must meet related Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) requirements for High Complexity Testing.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.

I. An Associate’s degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biology, or medical laboratory technology may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.

II. A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, biology, medical laboratory technology or equivalent scientific field may substitute for the required experience.