Medical Technologist V
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This position is located at the Regional Clinical Laboratory at
Austin State Hospital and acts as the Microbiology department
supervisor. Provides laboratory services to health care related
professional staff in a clinical laboratory facility. Oversees day
to day operation of the Microbiology department. Performs routine
clinical laboratory work. Assigns and supervises the work of
others. Will teach Medical Laboratory Science trainees both on the
bench and in presenting didactic lectures. Will assist in the
Medical Laboratory Science Program as needed. Positions in this
class series are concerned primarily with collecting, preparing and
processing specimens, which includes: conducting tests on bodily
tissues and fluids; analyzing and reporting test results; assuring
the maintenance of quality control standards to meet agency, state,
and federal requirements; calibrating and maintaining precision
laboratory equipment; preparing standard and non-standard reagents;
training others; maintaining supply inventories; producing
instructional materials and other duties as assigned. Responsible
for independently performing specimen preparation and analysis,
quality control and assay acceptability, data and work list
evaluation, result entry, release of final results, maintenance and
troubleshooting of equipment, and training of personnel. This
position will participate in Continuing Education presentations as
assigned. Duties are independently performed with considerable
latitude, adherence to standard protocol and with use of scientific
knowledge and independent judgment. Will work weekends and holidays
on a rotational basis.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a
specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule,
extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave
policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Continuously demonstrates Basic Medical Technology Competencies.
Completes all documentation with required information.
Performs tests and procedures on specimens received in the
microbiology, parasitology and serology section, according to
standards and protocols contained in the department procedure
manuals and competency assessment criteria.
Oversees the Microbiology department to assure compliance with
College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Clinical Laboratory
Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulatory requirements.
Evaluates and interprets highly complex data. Reviews and
releases final result using the Laboratory Information System
(LIS). Completes all documentation with required information.
Performs routine and specialized preventive maintenance of
highly complex equipment. Identifies equipment problems, performs
troubleshooting and makes routine adjustments as indicated.
Promotes workflow through cooperative interaction and management
of duties as well as teamwork with supervisors, co-workers, and
internal and external customers. Initiates rapid communication of
abnormal test results to physicians for same day follow-up.
Actively participates in quality control review, proficiency
testing, equipment performance documentation, and specimen workload
tallies to ensure consistently acceptable quality assurance and
Recognizes delays in completion of specimen testing, result
reporting, and other essential functions and notifies the
laboratory manager immediately.
Maintains inventory of supplies, paying attention to expiration
dates and open vial stability requirements. Maintains a clean,
uncluttered work area, keeping supplies/reagents well stocked.
Actively participates in the instruction and bench supervision
of Medical Laboratory Science trainees, in the orientation of new
employees and in the department continuing education/in-service
Assists in the Medical Laboratory Science Program on an as
Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to actively
participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the
agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or
Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may
require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of general laboratory concepts and practices,
specifically as applied to clinical microbiology, parasitology and
serology. Knowledge of laboratory safety, including sample-handling
techniques. Knowledge of education methods and administration.
Knowledge of compliance standards for applicable regulatory
requirements. Skill to keep accurate, detailed records. Skill to
use and troubleshoot various items of laboratory equipment
associated with work area. Skill to use aseptic techniques when
working with infectious material. Skill to maintain work area
instruments and automated testing equipment. Skill to manipulate
standard laboratory equipment with speed, accuracy and safety.
Skill to use a computer. Ability to communicate effectively orally
and in writing. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
Ability to prioritize and organize detailed tasks to maintain
required team timeframes. Ability to recognize and solve work area
problems. Ability to work in harmony with other team members.
Ability to work as part of a team adhering to structured deadlines
for completion of critical laboratory procedures that are performed
in high volume. Ability to follow standard operating procedures and
protocols accurately. Ability to teach work area procedures to
co-workers and students. Ability to prepare diagnostic (analytical)
reagents and/or controls accurately. Registration or Licensure
Must be certified as a Medical Technologist (MT) OR Medical
Laboratory Scientist (MLS), ASCP. Initial Selection Criteria:
Have earned a baccalaureate degree. Must be certified as a
Medical Technologist (MT) or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS),
ASCP or equivalent. At least two years experience working in a
clinical laboratory doing high complexity testing in microbiology.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check,
pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the
Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid,
Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of
Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must
be registered with the Selective Service.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered
for employment at a state-operated facility.
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary
guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum
of the salary range.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for
acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella,
varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping
cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are
vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires
employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with
patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the
influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19
medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection
criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this
position may include: 68C/D/W, HM, 870, 4T0X1, 43TX. For more
information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the
hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a
disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line
application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at
1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need
accommodation to participate in the interview process, please
notify the person scheduling the interview.