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Biomedical Laboratory Specialist /Clinical Coordinator

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Biomed & Nutritional Sciences
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade
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General Summary of Position:

The Biomedical Lab Specialist/Clinical Coordinator (BLS) will be part of a four-person MLS(ASCP) certified team that supports the Biomedical and Nutritional Science (BNS) department. The BLS work under a shared leadership model where each member represents their areas of clinical laboratory of expertise. The BLS work closely with the BNS Department Chair, Associate Chair and laboratory course coordinators. This BLS position works directly with the Medical Laboratory Program Director to assist with clinical practicum and student management. Primary work responsibilities include assisting the MLS Program Director, preparation and instruction of clinical laboratory courses, ensuring that all teaching laboratory safety standards are followed, maintaining biomedical instruments and equipment, inventory management, the maintenance and development of laboratory procedures and mentoring student workers.

Essential Job Duties:

  1. Teaching (40%)
  • Provide lecture and laboratory instruction for MLS courses as assigned by the department Chair 
  • Develop and deliver teaching materials, including course syllabi, learning objectives, and laboratory experiments, administer and grade assessments, both practical and written;
  • Plan, discuss, and implement teaching/learning strategies and curricula in collaboration with department faculty;
  1. Coordinate Biomedical Lab activities (30%)
  • Participate in the development, recommendation, and implementation of laboratory/resource facility policies, programs, practices, and procedures
  • Participate in the interview and hiring process of staff and/or students that will assist with labs
  • Plan, arrange, and supervise assigned lab staff and students
  • Assist the teaching Laboratory Coordinators in their development of experiments and identification of supplies required
  • Instruct students and faculty, provide technical support for the use of various laboratory equipment and instruments
  • Interact with supply and equipment vendors
  • Install, operate, perform preventative maintenance, and repair departmental equipment and instruments
  • Work with Environmental Health and Safety to ensure appropriate protocols are followed in all teaching labs   

3. Clinical Coordination (20%)

  • Work closely with the MLS Program Director to schedule and coordinate off-site clinical practicums for students in hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, chemistry, and urinalysis
  • Assist with the management of health and professional documents required for off-site clinical practicums
  • Visit clinical affiliates as scheduled
  • Assist in the maintenance and management of clinical practice affiliation agreements, and seek out new sites as needed
  • Assist in the maintenance of documentation required by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
  • Work with the MLS Admissions Committee to review and accept new MLS students
  • Participate in MLS promotion activities 

    4. Leadership (10%)

  • Serve as a member of the biomedical laboratory specialists team in a shared leadership model
  • Serve on the Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences (BNS) Leadership team on a rotating basis
  • Contribute technical expertise to the BLS team in specialty areas
  • Work on budgets for laboratory equipment and supplies with the department office
  • Recommend purchases for capital and other laboratory needs

Other Job Duties:

  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chair

Working Conditions:

  • Occasional travel between campuses and for off-site meetings.

Physical Effort:

  • Moderate physical activity and effort is required in this position, sitting, standing, walking, lifting and moving equipment and lab supplies.

Special Skills:

  1. The ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  2. Expertise and sensitivity in working with learners at various levels
  3. Flexibility and adaptability
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication
  5. Strong theoretical and clinical base of knowledge
  6. Ability to create and improvise meaningful learning experiences

Impact of Actions:

  1. Individual recommends equipment, supplies, media purchases
  2. Individual exercises discretion and independent judgment in a fast-paced environment


This position requires a dynamic response to a constantly changing work environment. The areas of overall lab management, advising and teaching responsibilities frequently compete for priority requiring flexibility and adaptability. This position requires the significant ability to prioritize and multitask. The role combines the skills of an experienced educator with the technical expertise in various clinical laboratory disciplines. Work requires the ability to interpret detailed policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Supervision Exercised:

Work study students; Teaching Assistants

Internal/External Communication:

Internal Communication within the BNS Department, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and University
External Communication to professional groups; suppliers, vendors, clinical hospital affiliates, students, faculty, and staff

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Master’s degree in biomedical sciences or related field
  • American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Science Certification or equivalent
  • Experience teaching in a clinical and skills laboratory environment is required, preferably within the past 5 years
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safety rules (OSHA, CDC)
  • Demonstrated skill in the operation and use of various laboratory equipment and instrumentation, including proper set up, troubleshooting, and maintenance
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently meet daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations of students and colleagues
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and inductive reasoning
  • Strong communication skills

Additional Considerations:

  • Leadership and management experience preferred
  • Experience with clinical coordination preferred
  • Previous teaching experience at the undergraduate level preferred

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P19.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.  

Please include a resume, cover letter and evidence of teaching with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.




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