Medical Technologist - Nights, Microbiology, 20 Hours
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Boston, Massachusetts

Posted in Health and Safety

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* $5,000 Sign-On Bonus *

*Current employees of MGB and its affiliates are not eligible for the sign on bonus*


A night shift Medical Technologist I performs a limited number of technical duties including examining stat and routine gram stains, workup of positive blood cultures, and the handling and processing of patient specimens for analysis by culture, direct microscopic examination, serological tests or other test methodologies.


An night shift Medical Technologist I is normally trained to perform various functions and tasks in specimen receiving area and blood culture area but may perform tasks in other lab areas as directed by supervisors. An evening/night shift Medical Technologist I will perform those duties and responsibilities, as outlined below, in lab areas where they have been trained and are technically proficient.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Gains experience and develops working knowledge by performing routine and complex procedures utilizing complex instrumentation and manual methods
  • Responsible for the accuracy, interpretation and reporting of results
  • Performs and keeps accurate records of equipment maintenance and quality control
  • Refers problems and unusual results to appropriate personnel
  • Performs clerical and support services as needed. Responds to customer needs and requests
  • Participates in proficiency testing of unknowns and internal and external continuing education
  • Participates in continuing education programs related to laboratories

Lab Area Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Specimen Receiving

Enters patient data and test requests from laboratory requisitions into Laboratory Information System (LIS) following prescribed coding procedures. Resolves any patient identification problems with appropriate patient care area. Reports specimen problems (i.e., wrong type specimen container, leaking specimen containers, hemolyzed specimens, etc.) to appropriate patient care area.

Prepares blood, urine, stool and other specimens for analysis by labeling requisition forms and specimen containers with appropriate patient data using labels generated by LIS.

Process specimens for analysis by culture, direct microscopic examination, serological tests or other test methodologies. Cultures specimens on prescribed media such as agar plates and broth tubes. Incubates the media in environments that are appropriate both to type of specimen and to the organisms routinely sought in those specimens. Process blood specimens for serological tests or other non-culture test methods. .

Rapid Testing

Performs rapid POCT-type ICT testing (Influenza A & B, RSV, Malaria, Shiga Toxin) and rapid molecular testing on automated Cepheid GeneXpert Infinity 48-16 instrument (Influenza A & B, MRSA, SA).

Gram Stains

Examines and reports results for routine gram stains from a variety of body sites under supervisory review. Examines and reports stat gram stains within TAT guidelines established by Critical Callback Policy.

Blood Cultures

Works up new positive blood cultures, notifies clinician and/or care unit with results within TAT guidelines established by Critical Callback Policy, enters results in LIS and sets up appropriate media and preliminary identification and susceptibility tests. Removes negative blood cultures and performs daily maintenance on the BACTEC blood culture instruments.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology or Clinical Lab Science
  • ASCP certification or eligible.

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    Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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