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Clinical Lab Scientist - Technical Specialist (8939C) 2304 - 2304
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 23, 2019
Title Clinical Lab Scientist - Technical Specialist (8939C) 2304 - 2304
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Health Sciences - General

Clinical Lab Scientist - Technical Specialist (8939C) 2304 - 2304

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 11/4/2019

Departmental Overview

As a national collegiate leader, University Health Services (UHS) is a comprehensive campus-based health center providing fully accredited medical and mental health care, education, a major medical insurance plan, and innovative health promotion programs for students, faculty and staff. UHS is deeply committed to ensuring affordable, well-integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare that effectively supports the university's diverse campus communities, through equitable access and culturally competent, high-quality programs and services.

The Clinical Services Program within UHS includes primary care, urgent care, occupational health and specialty clinics, clinical laboratory, pharmacy, physical therapy and radiology. Learn more by visiting


Under the direction of the Clinical Laboratory Manager the Clinical Laboratory Technical Specialist is the primary resource for LIS expertise and is responsible for facilitating the implementation and maintenance of various LIS functions and upgrades. This individual, in conjunction with the lab manager, is a key liaison for instrument selection as well as instrument and method validation and a designated technical expert for dealing with difficult questions. Key responsibilities include:

I. Technical Function (50%)
A. Primary liaison between Orchard, the Laboratory and Systems for coordination of upgrades, interface installation and troubleshooting. Responsible for keeping current with Systems upgrades that may affect the LIS and the network.
B. Primary trainer for lab and ancillary users of the LIS for daily functionality as well as weekly, monthly and yearly maintenance.
C. Makes necessary changes to the LIS to accommodate new instrument interfaces, report notations due to new procedures and worklist format changes.
D. In coordination with the Laboratory Manager, creates LIS reports using laboratory data for the purposes of utilization, billing and QA purposes.
E. Under direction of the Lab Manager, assists in the evaluation and research of laboratory and clinic needs for equipment assessment, acquisition and workflow efficiency.
F. Performs new instrument and/or method validation using appropriate evaluation techniques, following CLIA guidelines.
G. Analyzes validation data for acceptation or rejection criteria using statistical programs.
H. Develops new procedures or modifies standard methodologies, collects and extrapolates data on new methodologies to develop test criteria and standards.
I. Aids technologists in solving difficult problems and fielding complicated questions.
J. Is involved with employee training for new instrumentation and methodologies.
K. Coordinates a laboratory-wide quality assurance program.

II. Test Performance (30%)
A. Performs a variety of non-standardized and standardized clinical laboratory tests requiring professional judgment and experience.
B. Provides technical consultation to clinical and other laboratory staff.
C. Monitors test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained.
D. Monitors procedures and certifies tests performed by the lab assistant after appropriate review of quality control and test results.
E. Assures that all remedial actions are taken whenever test systems deviate form the UHS lab performance specifications and that patient results are not released until the system is functioning correctly.
F. Assists in the assessment of new procedures / methods and the implementation of new techniques, equipment, and technology as appropriate.
G. Routinely performs and documents preventive maintenance, proficiency testing, quality control records, worksheets and initiates actions as appropriate.

III. Specimen Procurement and Processing (10%)
A. Judges appropriateness of specimens in correlation with orders, judges quality of specimens and rejects those not acceptable, and handles specimens according to procedures.
B. Performs the duties of Lab Assistant / Phlebotomist as required.

IV. Other Duties (10%)
Performs other duties as assigned, which may include but are not limited to:
A. Trains other personnel.
B. Performs specimen preparation and processing.
C. Maintains inventory, distributes and orders supplies and reagents.
D. Evaluates patient results and correlates with other departments if indicated.
E. Performs and documents proficiency testing.
F. Participates actively on UHS committees as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Current Clinical Laboratory Scientist License issued by the State of California.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Basic computer skills and previous administrative-level experience with an LIS.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Detail oriented with the ability to follow written and oral instruction
  • Excellent customer service and people skills
  • Experience working with diverse individuals and lifestyles.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

Employment is contingent on successful completion of: Background Check, Acceptable Medical Evaluation that includes infectious disease surveillance and proof of current required vaccinations or immunity levels, and successful credentials verification (if applicable).

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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