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University of Rochester Senior Psychiatric Technician - 228098 in Rochester, New York

Senior Psychiatric Technician Job ID 228098

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 36 hours Grade 092 CPEP Comp Psych Eval Prog-Nrsg





Apply the principles and methods of medical microbiology to the analysis of patient specimens. Perform complex technical assignments which require skill, judgment, theoretical insight, and interpretation. Assess and interpret results with reference to appropriate patient age groups (neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric). Duties include but are not necessarily limited to those described below.

Assignment is to one of the three major laboratory sections - Bacteriology, Serology/Immunology, or Virology. Technical duties are conducted in accordance with the written protocols of that section.

Serology/Immunology position may entail rotation into an on-call schedule as part of the transplant

testing rotation. Adjustment to title and salary will be made as part of this rotation.


Under supervision of Clinical Microbiology section supervisors with guidance from directors.


Instrumentation as required for technical functions of Microbiology

Standard office equipment such as telephone, PC, Laboratory Information System (LIS), Hospital Information Systems, calculator, copier, fax machine, and the like.


  • Read microbiologic cultures for the presence of potentially pathogenic bacteria, parasites and fungi. Identify organisms by colony morphology, microscopy, biochemical and serological tests. Distinguish potential pathogens from normal flora. (30%).

  • Perform testing in one or more of the following specialty areas (15%):

Anaerobic Bacteriology Night Laboratory Independent Coverage

Media Preparation Parasitology

Mycobacteriology Special Antibiotic Studies

Mycology Special Identification

  • Prepare, read, and interpret smears stained for microscopy (10%).

  • Accession and culture patient specimens (8%).

  • Perform antibiotic susceptibility tests (6%).

  • Communicate with medical staff regarding diagnostic microbiology cultures and tests on patient specimens (3%).

  • Rotate to specialty sections in Bacteriology when requested to broaden knowledge and increase flexibility in scheduling (2%).


  • Analyze patient samples using agglutination, IFA, microscopy and EIA platforms. Determine the presence of antibodies and/or antigens for different types of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Performs tests to detect autoimmune markers and allergy specific antibodies. (60%).

  • Assist in preparation of reagents used in diagnostic serology tests (7%).

  • Communicate with medical staff regarding diagnostic serology/immunology tests performed on patient specimens (3%).

  • Prepare and send patient specimens to reference laboratories for tests not performed on site (5%).


  • Test patient specimens to determine the presence or absence of antigens and/or antibodies.

  • Set up, maintain and read viral cultures. Perform hemeadsorption, IFA, EIA, amplification and nucleic acid probe assays (50%)

  • Accession and process patient specimens (10%).

  • Assist in preparation, maintenance and quality control of media, reagents and cells cultures (8%).

  • Communicate with medical staff regarding diagnostic virology tests performed on patient specimens (7%).

  • Prepare and send patient specimens to reference laboratories for tests not performed on site (2%).



  • Assist in logging patient and specimen information into the computer system.

  • Record results on appropriate worksheets and reports by computer and telephone.

  • Assist in general telephone answering.

  • Maintain files of completed work and work in progress.

  • Assist in verifying accuracy of information in computer system, e.g., check patient, specimen, report and requisition.

  • Assist in inventorying and ordering laboratory supplies.


  • Maintain a clean and orderly working environment. This includes responsibility for individual work areas and general laboratory facilities (benches, refrigerators, freezers, incubators, storage areas),

  • Check accuracy of equipment, instruments, media and reagents by performing established laboratory quality control procedures.

  • Perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting on equipment to keep it in proper working order.

  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the Hospital and Laboratory Safety Manuals. Primary points include

  • Wash hands frequently.

  • Clean bench areas daily with germicidal agent.

  • Avoid generation of aerosols.

  • Wear protective clothing as appropriate, e.g., lab coats in lab at all times, gloves for handling blood and body fluids, mask and gown for handling designated biohazards in biosafety cabinets.


  • Instruct new employees, medical technology students, clinical microbiology fellows, pathology residents, infectious disease fellows, pediatric residents, and infection control practitioners in medical microbiology principles and procedures.

  • Attend continuing education sessions, laboratory meetings, and required hospital inservice training.

  • Keep current generally with developments in the field of medical microbiology and specifically with changes in our laboratory procedures. Continuing education literature is provided in each lab section. Read as much as possible.


Participate in special projects. Projects may include technical investigations, data sorts and tallies, report preparation, and/or literature searches. A supervisor or director may assign a technologist to a project, or a technologist may request participation based on his or her special interests. Scheduling of project time will be arranged with the supervisor.


  • Use unassigned time productively in activities such as helping other laboratory members, reading to keep abreast of developments in the field and the laboratory, and maintaining clean working areas.

  • Rotate with the rest of the staff for Saturday, Sunday, holiday, and on-call coverage as appropriate to each laboratory section.

  • Work extra hours when workload necessitates and as requested by supervisor.

  • Perform other assignments relevant to the function of the laboratory when requested by the supervisor.


Duties are performed according to the methods and standards appropriate to the age of the patient. Patients include those in all age groups


Maintain expected behaviors of service excellence in accordance with the Strong Committments


  • B.S. degree in Medical Technology with a one-year clinical laboratory internship.

  • NYS licensed Medical Technologist.

  • B.S. or B.A. degree in a related discipline (Microbiology, Biology) and one year of relevant Clinical Laboratory experience gained while practicing under the auspices of a limited Medical Technologist permit from NYS.

Familiarity with Laboratory Information Systems and PC's. Valid NYS drivers license required.

NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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