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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#116036 Hospital Lab Technician

Initial Review Date: Mon 5/16/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/04/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/16/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) an organized research unit at UCSD, was established to provide education, training and infrastructure for clinical research in the San Diego area. It encompasses four hospital systems, two universities and four biomedical research organizations. It receives partial funding from a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH, National Center for Advancing Translational Science. The ACTRI functions under the direction of Gary S. Firestein, M.D., Senior Associate Vice Chancellor UC San Diego Health Sciences.

Under direction of the ACTRI Clinic Manager, the Hospital Laboratory Technician manages day to day activities of a research laboratory. Performs a wide variety of technical procedures in a laboratory or other facility directly involved in research patient-care activities. Responsible for performing sample request handling, blood sample acquisition, accessioning of blood and tissue sample requests, including frequent handling of blood, urine and CSF samples, assists with preparation of blood and tissue material send-out for testing, packages materials to ship, tracks samples and tissue materials in department and at other UCSD locations, does follow up to locate missing materials, files reports, reports incomplete orders and questions on requests to designated staff, delivers samples to UCSD lab. Performs technical tasks as directed and trained. Responsible for ensuring that; Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) is kept up to date, Hazard Control Plans (HCPs) are created for high hazard equipment/processes and chemicals used in the laboratory and that non-ACTRI staff using laboratory facilities follow appropriate EH&S policies and procedures. Ensures clinic successfully completes annual EH&S audit. Performs other related duties as required.


  • Graduation from college with a major in an applicable natural science and one (1) year of related lab experience, preferably in a large complex healthcare organization, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).

  • Strong ability to work under pressure, calmly and efficiently, and to cope with and prioritize variable workloads under variable work demands, producing laboratory results in a timely fashion.

  • Proven accuracy and efficiency in positive patient identification when performing laboratory tests and transcribing laboratory results.

  • Knowledge of proper sterile and safety procedures in a laboratory setting.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, both verbally and in writing.

  • Knowledge of patient confidentiality regulations in accordance with State and Clinical guidelines.

  • Ability to maintain a sanitary, safe lab and comply with state and OSHA regulations.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of professional staff and patients with tact and diplomacy.

  • Ability to instruct and technical procedures to physicians, lab technicians, residents and fellows.

  • Thorough knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory equipment.

  • Previous leadership experience in a related laboratory position.

  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access).


  • Experience with pediatric blood draws.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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