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Medical Technologist II – Biochemical Genetics, Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, LM Labs

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As the successful candidate and a technologist certified by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, you will be part of a team that 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.

Success Profile

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

  • Analytical
  • Collaborative
  • Communicator
  • Critical thinking
  • Quality-driven
  • Team player


LM Labs is a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages, and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people, Be compassionate, Dare to innovate, Cultivate partnerships, Serve with purpose.


  • "My role as an MLT provides an opportunity for me to positively impact to the health of a patient who may be dealing with a serious medical condition."

    ~ Len, Medical Lab Technologist, Richmond Hospital
  • "My role as an MLT allows me to be part of an amazing team that works extremely hard at reporting quality results for our patients."

    ~ Kari, Medical Lab Technologist, Vancouver General Hospital
  • "Working as an medical technologist allows me to work with the latest technologies and alongside passionate caring people."

    ~ Peter, Medical Lab Technologist, St. Paul's Hospital
  • "My role as an MLT gives me an opportunity to do a job I love and be an integral member of the health team that provides accurate and timely results that impacts the lives of patients."

    ~ Angela, Medical Lab Technologist, Vancouver General Hospital

Benefits and Perks

  • Extended health and dental benefits

  • Health and wellness programs

  • Defined benefit pension program

  • Professional development

  • Collaboration

  • Variety

Job Details

Medical Technologist II – Biochemical Genetics, Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, LM Labs

Temporary Full-Time until December 2019

The Biochemical Genetics Laboratory (BGL) at BC Children’s Hospital is a provincial reference laboratory for the investigation of metabolic disorders in both children and adults.   The technologists on staff are experienced with a variety of complex laboratory techniques and participate in ongoing development work. The technologists also provide monitoring for patients diagnosed with inborn errors of metabolism in which patients have enzymatic deficiencies that perturb biochemical pathways involved in metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, and lipids. In this role, we serve a highly complex population of patients in our hospitals and throughout the province. With this mandate, we strive to provide highly accurate results, in the shortest possible time, for maximum clinical benefit. In the constantly changing world, we aggressively pursue new technologies that will help our patients.

The required techniques and job functions will include, but are not limited to the following for the majority of time: tandem mass spectrometry, chromatography (both gas and liquid), manual quantitative assays, advanced enzymology and tissue culture. Computer based data analysis will also be a significant job function.

If this sounds intriguing, apply now!


  1. Performs additional procedures such as amino acid, organic acid and acylcarnitine analysis using techniques that include liquid chromatography mass spectrometry, tandem mass spectrometry, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, advanced enzymology and tissue culture, all according to established protocols.
  2. Performs laboratory procedures by operating a variety of laboratory equipment, apparatus and instrumentation. Maintains equipment by following preventative maintenance protocol. Notifies the supervisor of any malfunctions.
  3. Prepares reagents, standards and quality control material to be used for test procedures.
  4. Uses the laboratory computer for patient data entry, retrieval and preparing laboratory worksheets and reports. Enters daily workload statistics into the laboratory information system.
  5. Uses general and instrument specific software systems to analyze, calculate and tabulate result sets. Prepares, evaluates and issues corresponding reports
  6. Maintains standardization and quality control of test procedures and monitors test results. Reports unusual or questionable test results to Pathologist or Head Technologist.
  7. Ensures that STAT and priority tests are assayed and reported promptly and in accordance with established protocols
  8. Monitors laboratory supplies and stocks up to adequate amounts.
  9. Orients new technologists, students and residents in the use of molecular techniques by demonstration and verbal instructions.
  10. Participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of new techniques with the guidance of senior technical staff and laboratory scientists. Provides input in the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and makes recommendations for changes.
  11. Participates in quality assurance programs for the Section through methods such as gathering data on turn around times (TAT) for test procedures, and monitoring performance and quality indicators. Reports occurrences according to standard operating procedures.
  12. Assists with information management, such as workload statistics, through methods such as gathering information, completing analysis and recording information.
  13. Performs other related duties as required.


Education, Training and Experience

  • Certification with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
  • Graduation from a recognized program in Medical Laboratory Technology plus two (2) years recent, related experience including biochemical genetics procedures or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and technical competence to perform biochemical genetics procedures.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including knowledge of spreadsheet programs and experience with instrument specific data analysis software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize workload and set priorities.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.
  • Knowledge of computerized laboratory information systems.

About Us

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 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 ColumbiansPHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.

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.

  • 83746
  • Temporary, Full-Time (until December 2019)
  • Wage: $30.82 to $38.45 per hour
  • Monday to Friday (occasional weekend calls); 0800-1600/0900-1700
  • 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

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