Posted 2 months ago

Chicago-North Suburbs

The Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist performs test procedures of moderate/high complexity within the clinical laboratory and is expected to demonstrate competency in all assays/instruments within the section. Additional responsibilities include instrument troubleshooting and maintenance, assay validations, and staff training and development.


  • Determines the acceptability of specimens for testing according to established laboratory criteria.
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory technical procedures according to laboratory standard operating procedures, ensuring that applicable quality control requirements are met.
  • Demonstrates the ability to make technical decisions regarding testing and resolve technical issues as they occur.
  • Maintains a professional level of knowledge to properly analyze test results and address abnormal or atypical findings.
  • Performs and documents quality control to ensure the accuracy of clinical data and instrument functionality. Takes appropriate action to resolve QC failures.
  • Performs and documents routine instrument maintenance and participates in troubleshooting and corrective action as needed.
  • Assists the departmental supervisor in ensuring effective utilization of staff and timely, high-quality test results.
  • Routinely navigates and manages workflows via Laboratory Information System (LIS).
  • Prepares, tests, and evaluates new reagents and controls. Maintains appropriate documentation related to these activities.
  • Assists with new instrument/methodologies validations and other initiatives in support of new business growth opportunities.
  • Assists in the development of SOPs and competency training modules for new and existing instrumentation/methodologies.
  • Assists the departmental supervisor in staff training and development.
  • Serves as subject matter expert for testing within the department, responding to questions from other Lifescan personnel, as needed. 
  • Communicates critical results as necessary to external medical professionals following HIPAA guidelines. 
  • Functions as a departmental leader in the supervisor’s absence.
  • Maintains a clean, safe, functional work environment. Serves as a role model to others.
  • Adheres to all CLIA, HIPAA, and OSHA requirements; participates in government or regulatory agency inspections, if needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.  


Degree level/Area:  Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, or Medical Technology program from an accredited institution is required.

Certificates/Licenses: MLS/MT (ASCP), AMT, or other national accreditation required.

Acceptable minimum equivalent in the place of degree:  None. 

Experience: Minimum 3 years in a high-complexity laboratory. Must be able to demonstrate competency in all assays within the designated department.

Leadership: Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor, and support colleagues and coworkers, with highly developed analytical, interpersonal, collaborative, and positive communication skills. 

Additionally, the position requires the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  1. Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and understand laboratory guidelines, regulations, procedures, and policies. 
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication.
  3. Ability to maintain records and complete detailed reports as required. 
  4. Ability to professionally and positively interact with peers, clients, and the public. 
  5. Must be able to critically think, troubleshoot issues, and implement necessary changes. 
  6. Ability to work autonomously and efficiently in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment. 
Sr. Medical Lab Scientist

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