Under administrative direction, the Lead Technologist is responsible for complex laboratory procedures, and has broad decision-making authority, and independence. The Lead Technologist extensive knowledge of science and laboratory procedures, specialized medical diagnostic laboratory tests, blood test procedures, and medical terminology to perform specialized medical laboratory diagnostic tests. The lead worker will be responsible for employee training and development.


  • Acts as lead worker, plans, develops, implements, evaluates and oversees the execution of daily operations of the clinical laboratories.
  • Coordinate and participate in the performance and interpretation of complex technical duties in support of medical laboratory testing in clinical and drug testing; record determinations and results for review by laboratory management.
  • Performs clinical laboratory tests including chemistry, hematology, endocrinology, drug testing and other assays.
  • Set up, evaluate and operate current and new equipment, instruments and apparatus required for specific laboratory tests and assume adequate responsibility to maintain operations including preventive maintenance. 
  • Cross-train in multiple areas of the laboratory to support testing operations.
  • Coordinate the preparation and quality assurance of chemicals, reagents, stains and solutions as appropriate. 
  • Evaluate collected laboratory data and prepare reports assessing accuracy, completeness, timeliness, progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions. 
  • Participate in the development of new medical laboratory procedures and techniques.
  • Provide technical guidance and instruction to staff and other employees. 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of clinical evaluations. 
  • Act as a person in charge (PIC) in clinical pathology, as well as, a resource person/role model. Participate in various personnel actions including, but not limited to, hiring, training, performance appraisals, promotions, transfers and vacation schedules. 
  • Monitor Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Safety and Inspection Control practices to assure compliance with internal and external regulations. 
  • Maintain sufficient inventory of material supplies and equipment for performance of duties; clean and maintain standard laboratory equipment. 
  • Periodic review of quality control data for recognition of trends or violations of multipoint QC rules as well as review of patient data to ensure correct instrument operation.
  • Monitor workflow, assessment of staffing levels and make recommendations to management. 
  • Participate in competency testing for the staff, complete annual continual education. 
  • Utilize various laboratory information systems and software. 
  • Communicate in a professional and courteous manner with clients, other medical personnel as necessary to obtain information for laboratory records, explain procedures, clarify orders and communicate status. 
  • Help coordinate participation for lab inspections and work with inspectors. 
  • Provide advanced problem solving, troubleshooting, interpretation/consultation, verification of specimen quality and test results
  • Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision. Makes decisions and establishes work priorities on essentially procedure-oriented operations.
  • Analyzes blood, urine, tissue, and other body fluid specimens.
  • Supervises daily bench activities/act as a resource to solve problems, schedule and assign work with Departmental Manager.
  • Monitor QC/QA, CLIA, COLA, CAP, NYS requirements.
  • Performs complex problem solving; acts as a resource to other technologists.
  • Manage inventory and order supplies.
  • Serves as a resource for client services.
  • Follow all stated laboratory safety guidelines in all assigned duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of general laboratory testing techniques and methods

  • Knowledge of calibration and adjustment techniques as applied to laboratory equipment.

  • Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in the assigned specialization such as chemistry, hematology, endocrinology, serology, etc. 
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of laboratory tests used in the assigned specialization such as chemistry, hematology, endocrinology, serology, etc. 
  • Knowledge of the practices and procedures, including safety practices and procedures followed in laboratory work in the assigned specialization. 
  • Current working knowledge of LCMS assay development, validation and troubleshooting.
  • Current working knowledge of enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) assay validation, operation and troubleshooting.
  • Working knowledge of CLIA and FDA guidelines for assay development

• Willingness to cross-train in multiple areas of the laboratory

• Ability to conduct and interpret laboratory tests in the assigned specialization.

• Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of chemicals, acids and materials used in a laboratory.  

• Knowledge of the techniques used in the handling and transportation of laboratory specimens.  

• Ability to understand and apply the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.  

• Ability to explain the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned activities.  

• Ability to follow oral and written instructions. 

• Ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals and by examining records and documents as well as maintain accurate records. 

• Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables. 

• Ability to perform arithmetical computations with speed and accuracy (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication).  

• Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression and in writing.  

• Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.  

• Ability to deal tactfully with others and to exercise sound judgment. 

• Ability to work in a team setting. 

• Manual dexterity. 

• Strong oral and written communications skills

• Strong organizational and problem solving skills

• Strong interpersonal and team building skills

• Basic knowledge of practices and principles of basic laboratory operations

• Knowledge of general rules for safe exposure to chemical and blood borne pathogens

• Good understanding of standard laboratory precautions and infection control procedures

• Knowledge of sterilization and decontamination procedures and hazardous waste management

• Skill in using applicable computer systems and applications including LIMS and Microsoft Office applications ? Ability to perform duties in an independent manner.

• Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers and clients

Minimum Required Education and Experience:

• Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or related science (physical, chemical or biological) meeting the regulatory requirements as defined in CLIA/CAP/GA/NYS for testing personnel. Masters degree preferred.

• ASCP/AMT/AAB or other national certification certified or eligible 

• At least 6 years current medical laboratory experience.

At least 2 years current  LCMS assay development experience

At least 2 years current  EIA assay development experience

Biotek plate reader and Gen 5 software experience

Sciex 4500/5500 current experience

Shimadzu Nexera and Pal/Leap autosampler experience

Physical Requirements: 

• Occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 20 kg.

• Regular use of telephone and face-to-face communication requiring accurate perception of speech

• Regular use of keyboard requiring repetitive motion of fingers

• The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

About Us:

At Lighthouse Lab Services, we offer solutions to help start, grow, and run clinical laboratories. Our recruiting team has more than 16 years of proven success placing job seekers in positions ranging from entry level Medical Technologists to seasoned Laboratory Directors. We recruit nationwide, for permanent and travel positions with clients ranging from small hospitals to large reference laboratories.

It is the policy of Lighthouse Lab Services to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Lighthouse Lab Services is committed to working and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including persons with disabilities. If at any time during the application process, you need an accommodation, please contact recruiting@lighthouselabservices.com for assistance.

Lighthouse Lab Services | 800-838-0602 | lighthouselabservices.com

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