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Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Molecular Science Technologist - Molecular Lab, Full-time, Days in Winfield, Illinois

The _Molecular Science Technologist (MST)_ position reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Medicine, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

* * The Molecular Science Technologist (MST) is responsible for the performance of laboratory testing and quality control that require the exercise of independent judgment and responsibility in the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory. This includes the performance of tests defined under CLIA'88 as high complexity tests. The MST is to be knowledgeable in the technical area(s) of Molecular testing to which they are assigned and is expected to resolve technical equipment and procedural problems to completion.


  • Provides accurate information and timely updates to patients and customers.

  • Addresses questions and concerns promptly, or identifies appropriate person and resources to do so.

/ / *Efficiency and Business Growth:*

  • Uses organizational and unit/department resources efficiently.

  • Manages work schedule efficiently, completing tasks and assignments on time.

  • Contributes to opportunities and processes for continuous improvement.

  • Participates in efforts to reduce cost, streamline work processes, improve and grow services we provide.

  • Uses effective service recovery skills to solve problems or service breakdowns when they occur.

_ Role Specific Roles and Responsibilities:_

  • Performs moderate and (if applicable) high complexity testing accurately and efficiently.

  • Follows lab procedures carefully.

  • Follows laboratory procedures for specimen handling and processing.

  • Understands the theory behind all testing and can troubleshoot utilizing the knowledge of that theory.

  • Can identify problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results.

  • Accurately assesses problems utilizing problem solving skills.

  • Performs instrument checks, maintenance and troubleshooting per department protocol and understands the operation and maintenance of equipment pertinent to job.

  • Performs system quality assurance assays, collages and evaluates results for approval.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of abnormal and/or unusual test results and makes appropriate decisions about releasing the results.

  • Can correct a problem or immediately notify a supervisor when appropriate.

  • Maintains a safe work environment by using required personal protective equipment and/or devices (PPE).

  • Handles biohazard materials and/or chemicals according to established protocols.

  • Maintains proficiency in laboratory bench work.

  • Prioritizes tasks and can multi-task.

*Administration and Documentation:*

  • Provides accurate computer and non-computer entries and documentation.

  • Actively participates in quality control per established protocol.

  • Records these checks appropriately and takes corrective action as indicated.

· *Leadership:*

  • Assumes a supervisory role in appropriate situations.

Competencies* / Performance Expectations *

Please refer to NMHC Performance Standard Competencies.

*Communication and Collaboration:*

  • Communicates effectively with others, respects diverse opinions and styles, and acknowledges the assistance and contribution of others.

  • Demonstrates teamwork by helping co-workers within and across departments.

  • Participates in teaching of students and other health professionals as required. Works additional shifts as needed and scheduled to complete workload.

  • Takes an active role in maintaining inventory at acceptable levels.

  • Adheres to department specific Service Excellence scripts and protocols.

  • Demonstrates ability to manage stress and personal morale.

  • Able to maintain a positive attitude toward change.

  • Performs all aspects of daily work in a manner that contributes to and ensures an environment of patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

  • Participates in CE programs, in-services, lab meetings, and various committees (i.e. Safety Committee, QI Committee).

  • Completes the continuing education requirement of a minimum of 12 hours per year for certified employees (full time and part time).

  • Reviews QC/QA records to assure completeness and to identify areas of concern. Reports findings to supervisor or manager.

  • Participates in Continuing Education programs, in-services and lab meetings.

  • Demonstrates the values of team concept on a consistent basis.

  • Interacts with all team members in a professional manner. Initiates the meeting of responsibilities without prompting.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related science.

  • Upon hire must provide hard copy of college transcripts that include the education required the CLIA guidelines.

At least 60 semester hours, or equivalent, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, include either—

24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or

24 semester hours of science courses that include—

Six semester hours of chemistry;

Six semester hours of biology; and

Twelve semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination.


· At least one year of laboratory experience

· Master’s Degree in Molecular science

_Management Responsibility:_

· This position will/will not have direct reports.