• Medical Technologist

    Job Location US-IL-Itasca
    Posted Date 1 week ago(8/9/2018 5:52 PM)
    # of Openings Remaining
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview


    At Gift of Hope, our mission is to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.  Our Medical Technologists are an integral part of this mission.  Join us and save lives! 

    Our Medical Technologists are responsible for performing serological and molecular assays for histocompatibility testing; performing equipment preventive maintenance, general maintenance of work area and other quality control procedures.   This is a night shift position with hours of 10 PM - 6 AM Monday through Friday and on call hours every 3rd weekend.  



    Essential Functions

    The following essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation.

    • Support Gift of Hope’s mission, vision and values; adhere to its policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position
    • Perform high complexity testing including: molecular HLA typing, flow-cytometry and cytotoxic cross-matching, genetic analysis, antibody screening using established laboratory techniques, ABO typing and infectious disease testing
    • Document test results and all pertinent information; interpret different and complex reaction patterns; identify probable causes for any irregular or atypical test results
    • Correctly communicate results to physicians, nurses, OPO personnel, and Manager
    • Enter/retrieve/transmit laboratory test data into LIS (Laboratory Information System)
    • Participate in rotating 24/7 on-call donor-related testing
    • Freeze cells and sera from donors for any retrospective test
    • Process blood samples received from patients waiting for a transplant
    • Prepare mailers (tubes, labels and dialysis lists) for dialysis centers and patient homes for collection of monthly samples
    • Prepare reagents required to perform analysis and ensure reagents are available and usable
    • Set up and monitor equipment required to perform tests
    • Maintain established preventive maintenance schedules for assigned equipment
    • Adjust and calibrate assigned equipment
    • Maintain quality control records and logs; prepare, record and store data for future reference
    • Monitor supply levels to ensure adequate levels are maintained
    • Perform daily temperature checks of laboratory equipment
    • Maintain cleanliness of work area per laboratory standards
    • Complete continuing education
    • Other duties as assigned


    Education and Training Required

    The following identifies the minimum education and training required to perform the essential functions of the job.

    • Bachelor's degree in one of the biological, chemical and/or clinical laboratory sciences, medical technology or a related field


    Experience and Skills Required

    The following indicates the minimum skills and experience required to perform the essential functions of the job.

    • 1 year of previous laboratory experience preferred
    • Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to communicate in an effective manner and work effectively with others
    • Familiar with procedures for quality control of reagents and maintenance of equipment
    • Ability to learn and apply new testing methods, processes and equipment introduced into the lab
    • Ability to conduct multiple tests simultaneously
    • Ability to prioritize tasks
    • Strong attention to detail to conduct and read tests
    • Analytical skills to interpret test results and identify atypical results


    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

    • Ability to function in a laboratory environment
    • Ability to stand, sit, bend, stoop and kneel to perform job duties
    • Ability to work outside normal business hours to participate in 24/7 on-call schedule 1-2 weekends per month and holidays
    • Fine motor skills to conduct tests and repair equipment
    • Visual acuity to read and record test results and conduct equipment maintenance


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