Lower Mainland Laboratories is a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), responsible for providing public laboratory services throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Hospital-based laboratories in Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Providence Health Care and PHSA provide both inpatient and outpatient laboratory services. These specialty laboratories provide a variety of reference and specialized testing.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention and consultation and provides both direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with disease of public health importance.
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.
Laboratory Assistant, BCCDC
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
The Laboratory Assistant, BCCDC performs general laboratory procedures and clerical functions such as accessioning specimens, preparing specimens for testing, preparing culture media and stock solutions, data entry, receiving and relaying phone messages, producing labels, and sorting and distributing mail.
Duties and Accountabilities:
- Receives incoming specimens and requisitions and checks for accuracy and completeness of information such a personal health number, name, date of birth and tests required, assigns laboratory numbers, and assembles into work batches for testing. Contacts clients for missing information and makes necessary corrections.
- Prepares specimens for testing by performing duties such as staining slides, performing concentration procedures, choosing appropriate primary culture media, inoculating to various media, and placing in incubators in accordance with established procedures.
- Prepares culture media and stock solutions by performing duties such as weighing dehydrated media and chemicals, dissolving in water or other solvents, measuring PH and adjusting as required, dispensing media, and sterilizing by filtration or autoclaving.
- Monitors supplies and equipment, takes inventories, consults with users, identifies requirements, prepares order requisitions for signature, and maintains related stock control records. Liaises with supervisor regarding problems with inventory and related systems.
- Receives and checks orders, verifies accuracy of invoices, stocks shelves, checks stored media/chemicals/reagents for proper storage and dating, and distributes supplies. Contacts suppliers to obtain information and to resolve discrepancies.
Education, Experience and Training
- Completion of Grade 12
- Successful completion of a recognized Lab Assistant training program
- One year’s recent, related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Ability to deal with others effectively
- Ability to organize work
- Ability to operate keyboard, perform data entry, use word processing and email
- Ability to type 25 wpm
- Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others
- Ability to operate related equipment
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position
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Applications will be accepted until this position has been filled.
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For more information on the Lower Mainland Laboratories or BC Centre for Disease Control, please visit: http://lmlabs.phsa.ca/ or http://www.bccdc.ca/
The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.