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Lab Assistant - COVID 19 Response

Vancouver, Canada

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As a successful candidate, you will be part of a team that processes and analyzes patient samples and produces results that healthcare practitioners rely on to make diagnoses. You will follow established protocols and utilize quality control guidelines to produce accurate laboratory test results. You will collaborate with highly trained colleagues in a technical, ever changing, analytical environment.

  • Job Type: Full-Time, Part-Time,
    Temporary, Casual
  • Job Level: Entry, Mid
  • Travel: Minimal

Success Profile

What does it take to be a successful Laboratory team member at PHSA? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Analytical
  • Consistent
  • Detail-oriented
  • Focused
  • Logical
  • Productive

About Lower Mainland Laboratories

Lower Mainland Laboratories (LM Labs) is a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). We are responsible for providing public laboratory services at 31 laboratory sites and 33 patient services centres throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Hospital-based laboratories within Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Providence Health Care and PHSA provide both inpatient and outpatient laboratory services. Our specialty laboratories provide a variety of reference and specialized testing.

Seventy to eighty percent of clinical decisions are based on laboratory test results. Our highly trained staff are committed to providing the highest quality laboratory services to all our clients. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people, Be compassionate, Dare to innovate, Cultivate partnerships, Serve with purpose.


"Labs often work in the background of our health care system, operating largely behind the scenes and out of sight – to provide the data clinicians need for diagnoses and treatment decisions."

Craig Ivany Chief Provincial Diagnostics Officer, PHSA

"If working in St. Paul’s Anatomical Pathology department has taught me anything throughout the three years of my time working here, above all else, engaging with the highly supportive leadership and team has been essential to my development and growth as a technologist."

Jason Chao Medical Lab Technologist, St Paul's Hospital

"I began my career with PHSA as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, and currently I am a Technical Coordinator. Working at PHSA has allowed me to work with others who are also passionate in delivering the best patient care by providing high quality laboratory results."

Amadea Kristanti Technical Coordinator, BC Children's & Women's Labs

Benefits and Perks

Benefits vary by job type and are confirmed in the interview and hiring process.

  • Healthcare

    Extended health and dental benefits

  • Health and wellness programs

    Discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs

  • Professional Development

    Access to more than 2,000 In-House Training Programs

  • Paid Time Off

    12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement

  • Collaboration

    Work within a coordinated provincial lab network

  • Awards & Recognition

    Internal awards programs, such as PHSA+, that recognize the outstanding efforts of our people

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Lab Assistant - COVID 19 Response

Vancouver, Canada

Various Locations Available

Vancouver Region:

St Paul’s Hospital; Vancouver General Hospital; BC Children’s Hospital; BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

Fraser Region:

Surrey Memorial Hospital

Eager to assist with the COVID-19 response, and curious about the inner workings of a public health laboratory? Join Lower Mainland Laboratories (LM Labs) as a Laboratory Assistant, where you will receive, handle and prepare laboratory specimens for COVID-19 testing.

These roles are available both temporary full-time and temporary part-time and will be instrumental in supporting COVID-19 testing work across the province.

Join this essential coordinated health care function to play a role in gathering critical diagnostic data!

What you’ll do

  • Prepare specimens for testing by performing centrifugation, aliquoting and loading samples onto specimen racks.
  • Verify COVID-related specimen type; sort and assign laboratory numbers to specimens, in priority according to pre-defined criteria; and apply barcode labels according to established operating procedures.
  • Receive incoming specimens and requisitions and check for accuracy and completeness of information. Contact physicians or labs for missing information and make necessary corrections.
  • Process test requisitions by entering patient data into computer systems, issuing new patient identification number where required; obtain or clarify missing information; correct errors in patient demographic data and enter corrections into computer systems.
  • Enter test requests into the Laboratory Information System (LIS).
  • Store and retrieve COVID-related specimens under appropriate conditions; document and ship samples to other laboratories and discard according to established procedures.
  • Prepare, record and send specimens and appropriate request forms to outside/referral laboratories and hospitals according to Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and other regulatory requirements.
  • Prepare test runs by pulling specimens for worksheet, matching specimens and requisitions and retrieving frozen samples for testing.
  • Deliver samples and related documentation to and from in-house laboratory sections.
  • Receive, direct and respond to telephone/fax requests.
  • File and organize records, requisitions and statistical information.
  • Identify and communicate operational issues and computer/equipment-related problems to supervisor.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, such as refrigerators, freezers, centrifuges and testing equipment by cleaning and recording temperature. Perform maintenance procedures. Recognize malfunctions in equipment and report these to the lead hand or designate.
  • Maintain daily cleaning and disinfection of work areas and equipment by preparing fresh disinfectant solutions and wiping bench tops and equipment. Perform waste management duties.
  • Keep workstations well stocked with supplies. Monitor supplies and advise lead hand or designate when supplies need replenishing. Perform related duties such as ordering, receiving, recording and storing new shipments of supplies.

What you bring

  • Grade 12 graduation.
  • One (1) year of recent, related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

You have the ability to:

  • Keyboard a minimum of 35 wpm.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Physically carry out the duties of the position.
  • Deal with others effectively.
  • Operate related equipment.
  • Organize work.

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

Job Type: Temporary project work – 6 month term, with the possibility of extension according to operational requirements.

Wage: $23.56/hr

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: March 31, 2021

Hours of Work:Variety of shifts available, including days, nights and evenings. Shifts are subject to change in response to operational requirements.

Location: Vancouver Region & Fraser Health Region.

Possible locations include: St Paul’s Hospital; Vancouver General Hospital; BC Children’s Hospital; BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre; Surrey Memorial Hospital; additional locations as needed.

What we do

Lower Mainland Laboratories (LM Labs), a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), provides laboratory testing at 31 sites across the lower mainland and central coast of B.C., including acute care hospital laboratories and specialty laboratories.

PHSA plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


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