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The Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle is actively seeking Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Trainee and MLS 1 candidates to join the crew! We have multiple divisions, location, and shifts available. For more details, please see below. 


  • MLS Trainee: $80,088 - $104,748 annually
  • MLS 1: $88,488 - $109,032 annually

Shift differential:

  • Evenings: $1.75 per hour
  • Nights: $2.50 per hour

What we offer:

  • $3000 - $5000 sign-on bonus available to eligible new employees joining the UW Medicine team.
  • Relocation incentive for eligible new employees. 
  • State Employee Tuition Exemption Program covering up to 6 credits of qualifying coursework per quarter at the University of Washington or other participating colleges or universities.
  • Vacation time and sick time off that accrues monthly, including 12 paid holidays.
  • Fully subsidized public transit pass (U-PASS) that covers multiple forms of public transportation in the region. 
  • Excellent healthcare, dental, disability, and retirement plans. 
  • Lots of free fantastic fitness, healthy eating, finance, and stress reduction classes offered through the Whole U.
  • And much more! Please click HERE for a comprehensive benefits summary.

What you’ll do:

Perform Diagnostic Testing | Play a key role in patient care by performing clinical diagnostic laboratory testing, contact appropriate personnel for unusual or critical finds, and utilize the laboratory information system for test result entry and data acquisition. 

Exercise Critical Thinking Skills | Exercise your critical thinking skills to help design, develop, evaluate, and troubleshoot procedures and problems in the laboratory. Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot, and perform preventative maintenance of laboratory instruments and related equipment.

Assure Quality Control | Adhere to quality control requirements to validate test results and ensure patient and personnel safety. Prepare and verify the quality of reagents, standards, and control samples. 

Engage in Teamwork and Leadership | Apply your professional expertise by instructing and training new employees, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and students. Act as a resource to internal and external clients, including physicians and nurses. 

Complete Related Duties as Required | For example, you may assist and instruct patients and medical staff in proper specimen collection techniques or assist physicians in obtaining and preparing bone marrow specimens for evaluation.

What you’ll need:

Requirements for MLS Trainee
Accredited Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience.


Eligible to take the MLS or categorical certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology within eighteen months from date of hire. 

Requirements for MLS 1
Accredited Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience.


Current MLS or categorical certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization.


One year of experience as an MLS Trainee. Up to one year of on-the-job experience performing clinical testing in an MLS Program externship may count towards the experience requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a candidate bank job requisition for all open MLS Trainee/1 positions in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology. Your application will be reviewed to ensure it meets minimum qualifications. If selected, you will be emailed a screening questionnaire within two (2) business days requesting your shift, location, and division preference(s) referenced below. Your application will then be forwarded to the corresponding hiring manager(s) based upon your preference(s). If the hiring manager(s) would like to move forward with your application, they will contact you directly for next steps. 


  • First Shift (Days)
  • Second Shift (Evenings)
  • Third Shift (Nights)
  • Temporary/Hourly


  • Harborview Medical Center
  • UW Medicine - Montlake
  • UW Medicine - South Lake Union
  • UW Medicine - Renton

Divisions may include:

  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Hematopathology
  • Immunology
  • Chemistry
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Retrovirology
  • Genetics and Solid Tumors
  • Hematology
  • Coagulation
  • Medical Informatics
  • Microbiology
  • Virology

About us:

A regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for innovative patient care, research and educational programs, the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the UW combines the sophisticated testing and informatics capabilities of fully accredited laboratories with the resources of an academic institution in its delivery of clinical and anatomic pathology services. Recognized for excellence in clinical training, world-class research initiatives, and a commitment to community service, we serve labs and medical facilities both nationally and internationally.

To learn more about our team, please click HERE

Additional information: 

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.