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Laboratory Director, MD/PhD (Part-time)
  • Location: Anywhere, US
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #9752

Lighthouse Lab Services is seeking Laboratory Consultants for part-time CLIA Laboratory Director opportunities across the United States. We are looking to connect with candidates for potential directorship opportunities, as positions become available.

The high-complexity laboratory director will work very limited hours (usually less than 8 hrs of work per month). The majority of the work can be done from a remote location; however, the director is usually required to be on-site once every three months. State licensure may be required in certain cases.

Salary: Varies


The Laboratory Director is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the lab, and must ensure the competency of all laboratory personnel. Specific Lab Director responsibilities include:

– Verify that all delegated duties are properly performed.

– Must be accessible to the laboratory to provide onsite, telephone, or electronic consultation as needed.

– May direct no more than five labs.

– Ensure that the physical plant and environmental conditions are appropriate for the testing performed and provide a safe environment, free of physical, chemical, and biological hazards.

– Ensure testing systems provide quality laboratory services across the path of work-flow (for all phases of testing: pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases).

– Ensure test methods selected have the capability of providing quality results.

– Ensure verification procedures are adequate to determine accuracy, precision, and other pertinent performance characteristics of the method.

– Ensure that test result reports include pertinent information required for interpretation.

– Ensure that consultation is available to the laboratory’s clients on matters relating to the quality of the test results reported and their interpretation concerning specific patient conditions.

– Ensure that an approved procedure manual is available to all personnel.

– Ensure that laboratory personnel are performing the test methods as required to obtain accurate and reliable results.

– Employ a sufficient number of laboratory personnel with appropriate education, experience and/or training to provide appropriate consultation, properly supervise, and accurately perform tests and report test results.

– Ensure that all personnel have the appropriate education and experience prior to testing patient specimens; receive appropriate training for the type and complexity of services offered; and have demonstrated that they can perform all testing operations reliably to provide and report accurate results.

– Ensure that policies and procedures are established for monitoring individuals who conduct pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of testing to verify that they maintain competency: To process specimens, Perform test procedures, Report test results promptly and proficiently, and whenever necessary, Identify remedial training and/or continuing education needs to improve skills.

– Have a written list of responsibilities of each individual in the laboratory that specifies: 1) the level of activity each is authorized to perform, 2) whether supervision is required for specimen processing, test performance or results reporting, and 3) whether consultant or director review is required prior to reporting patient test results.

– Ensure that a general supervisor provides on-site supervision of certain testing personnel who perform high complexity testing.

– Ensure that the laboratory is enrolled in an approved proficiency testing (PT) program.

– Ensure that PT samples are tested in the same manner as patient samples.

– Ensure that PT samples are tested in compliance with regulations that prohibit referral of specimens and sharing of or communication about results.

– Ensure that PT results are returned on time to the PT program.

– Ensure that PT results are reviewed by the appropriate staff, and the corrective action plan is followed when PT results are found to be unsatisfactory.

– Ensure that quality control and quality assessment programs are established and maintained to identify failures in quality as they occur.

– Ensure the establishment and maintenance of acceptable levels of analytical performance for each test system.

– Ensure that corrective actions are taken and documented, whenever significant deviations from the laboratory’s established performance characteristics are identified, and patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly.


For PhDs:

The qualification for a laboratory director of high-complexity testing is that the laboratory director must hold an earned doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution and be certified and continue to be certified by a board approved by HHS.  The current approved boards are the following:

1.     ABB – American Board of Bioanalysis 

2.     ABB public health microbiology certification

3.     ABCC – American Board of Clinical Chemistry

4.     ABCC 24-month Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (COMACC)

5.     ABFT – American Board of Forensic Toxicology

6.     ABHI – American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

7.     ABMG – American Board of Medical Genetics

8.     ABMLI – American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology

9.     ABMM – American Board of Medical Microbiology

10.  NRCC – National Registry of Certified Chemists

For MDs:

Must be certified in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology (ABP)

About Us:

At Lighthouse Lab Services, we offer solutions to help start, grow, and run clinical laboratories. Our recruiting team has almost 20 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


Job ID: 9752

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