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Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Senior

Salary: $29.61-$36.15 hourly / $5,150-$6,287 monthly / Range: 6126

DEFINITION: Under direction, performs routine and specialized lab testing, plans and coordinates laboratory workflow, and serves as a technical specialist in Hematology, Chemistry and/or Microbiology; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from that of Clinical Laboratory Technologist II by its responsibility for a section or sections of a laboratory, including quality control, proficiency testing, preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting problems with equipment. The Clinical Laboratory Technologist II conducts more routine testing procedures and is not required to develop laboratory procedures or standards. It is distinguished from the Health Services Laboratory Supervisor by the Supervisor's administrative and supervisory responsibility for all sections of a laboratory.


1. Performs specimen analysis and verifies, records, and reports patient results in an accurate and efficient manner; serves as a technical expert in a specific area of expertise.
2. Develops and implements appropriate quality controls, documentation of workload, and calibration and maintenance of equipment.
3. Prepares and maintains a manual of standard procedures; maintains QA and QC records for assigned lab section to comply with State regulations; identifies training needs and conducts in-service training and education for staff.
4. Provides technical and scientific oversight of a laboratory specialty, including selection and updating of appropriate test procedures and methods, verification of test procedures performed, and establishment of the laboratory's test performance characteristics; resolves technical problems and ensures appropriate remedial actions are taken when necessary; represents the laboratory at departmental meetings when directed by the supervisor.
5. May administer the Laboratory Information System and/or supervise paraprofessional staff.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Clinical Laboratory Scientist License issued by the State of California, and:

1. A bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, or biological science or medical technology and four years of laboratory training and/or experience in high complexity testing, six months of which must be in the required specialty or specialties; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that meets the Federal and State of California requirements for a laboratory technical supervisor in the required area or areas.

Depending on assignment, the four years of required experience and training must be in the area of hematology, chemistry, or microbiology, or some combination of these specialties.

Knowledge of: standardized and complex tests performed in hematology, microbiology, or chemistry; laboratory testing techniques, equipment, and terminology; standard laboratory operating procedures; Quality Assurance and Control methods; laboratory computer systems; standard word processing and spreadsheet software; laboratory statistics; OSHA Laboratory Safety rules and regulations.

Ability to: perform all standardized tests performed in an approved laboratory; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; organize work in order to meet deadlines; represent the Clinical Laboratory in departmental meetings; learn and apply supervisory principles and practices, keep accurate records; explain technical concepts to less experienced staff; analyze data, draw conclusions, and recommend appropriate actions.

Desirable Qualification: Registration as a Medical Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

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