Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Senior
Salary: $29.61-$36.15 hourly / $5,150-$6,287 monthly / Range:
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
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
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.