Medical Laboratory Technician

94080, South San Francisco
Mar 28, 2019
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time



Designs and/or executes pathology testing strategies and studies. Leads the conduct of pathologic investigations, reviews and interprets data, communicates results to clients and writes final reports. Serves as Project Scientist, Principal Investigator, Contributing Scientist, Project Leader or Study Director, as applicable. Functions as a subject matter expert and interprets and evaluates the work in areas such as clinical pathology, morphology, histology, histopathology, histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, morphometrics or electron microscopy. Ensures compliance with protocols and all applicable SOPs. Troubleshoots and resolves technical issues in the laboratory when scientific expertise is needed. May introduce new technologies or introduce improvements in existing technologies. Provides advisory functions to clients designing a program or experiment, dealing with specific dataset interpretation, or when appropriate answering questions from regulatory authorities. 



Perform basic to intermediate medical technology procedures. Operate and perform maintenance, including extended maintenance, on analyzers.  Able to troubleshoot both basic and more complex problems on analyzers. Maintain equipment records including maintenance and quality control.  Perform and review ordered parameters and computer input of raw data.  Process additional study samples.  Assist in the training and mentoring of less experienced staff.



  • Prepare appropriate paperwork and materials prior to clinical pathology blood collection.
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of hematology, clinical chemistry, coagulation, urinalysis and fecal analysis.
  • Prepare blood slide and cytology smears.
  • Inventory and package differential and reticulocyte blood slides and all biological samples for each study for shipment or storage.  Notify the recipient of shipment.
  • Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and order as needed.
  • Accession samples and raw data into the computer system and review data.
  • Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot of clinical pathology analyzers.
  • Identify and correct problems that may adversely affect test results
  • Perform daily maintenance and quality control of all instruments.
  • Serve as a mentor and/or trainer to less experienced staff.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.



  • Education: Associated degree (A.A./A.S.) required. Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in medical technology (MT) preferred.
  • Experience:  1 year of experience in a clinical pathology laboratory as a medical technologist.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  MLT certification (or equivalent) required. MT or MLS certification (ASCP) preferred.
  • Other:  Experience with computer software programs is desirable.  Effective organizational and leadership skills desired.



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, use hands to handle glassware, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and type at a computer.
  • Occasionally stoops and bends.
  • Frequently lifts and moves up to 10 pounds.
  • Frequently uses a microscope.
  • Stands/walks for up to 90% of the workday (varies).
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly wears protective clothing (scrubs, lab coats, safety glasses, and gloves).
  • Regularly works with biohazards.
  • Occasionally works with sharp objects (e.g., needles).
  • Occasionally works with known and unknown toxins and chemicals
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate.