LAB00006621 Requisition #

Your Opportunity:

You’re precise, detail-oriented, with the fine visual acumen to discern which subtle differences between samples mean something – and which ones don’t. Alberta Precision Laboratories is looking for a laboratory professional like you to provide technical expertise and leadership as you perform daily gross dissection of Level I – VI surgical specimens and plan, organize, and manage quality assurance services within the Chinook Regional Hospital’s Gross Lab. Bringing advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology, gross dissection techniques and guidelines, you can work both effectively independently and as part of a team, providing coaching or mentoring to other lab professionals as needed. Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) is the new, wholly-owned subsidiary of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and is ready to deliver high-quality, responsive diagnostic lab services to Albertans as a part of the provincial healthcare system. With competitive salaries, opportunities for professional development, and comprehensive benefits, including health and dental, you can truly thrive. Lethbridge is a bright, bustling city on the prairies and the third-largest city in the province, located about 212 kilometres southeast of Calgary. It features the only university south of Calgary, and two of the three southern Alberta colleges have local campuses. In addition, Lethbridge’s urban park system covers sixteen square kilometres – one of the largest in North America. With K-12 public and Catholic schools, some of Alberta’s most unique landmarks, and a variety of sports centres, museums, and theatres Lethbridge has earned its spot as a Cultural Capital of Canada that offers its residents an outstanding quality of life.


As the Pathology Scientist for the Chinook Regional Hospital, you will perform gross examination, dissections, and dictations for surgical specimens of complexity levels I-VI. Reporting to the Laboratory Site Manager and Clinical Supervisor, you will provide direction and instruction to other technical staff regarding the handling, dissection and dictation of surgical specimens This will include preparing tissues for special procedures, ancillary testing and intraoperative assessments. As the Pathology Scientist, you will perform special procedures including specimen photography, radiography, section mapping. In this role, you will develop and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external clients and stakeholders and collaborate provincially to ensure consistency and standardization. You will provide orientation, training and instruction to new staff, students, residents, and pathologists, and help to create and provide continuing education opportunities for staff performing gross dissection and dictation. Working within a team environment, you can expect to participate in quality assurance/control programs, competency programs, provincial programs and initiatives, and quality reporting. You will ensure department services are of high quality and are delivered in a coordinated, consistent, timely manner as you recognize and resolve operational and technical issues.

  • Classification: Scientist
  • Union: LAB EXEMPT
  • Department: Anatomical Pathology CHI
  • Primary Location: Chinook Regional Hospital
  • Employee Class: Regular Full Time
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 10-SEP-2021
  • Date Available: 20-SEP-2021
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 10
  • Shift Pattern: Days
  • Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
  • Minimum Salary: $34.52
  • Maximum Salary: $59.20
  • Vehicle Requirement: Not Applicable
Required Qualifications:

Possess a four-year undergraduate degree in biological science, medicine, anatomy or related discipline. Master of Science degree from a Pathologist’s Assistant program required. Membership with the Canadian Certification Council of Pathologist's Assistants (CCCPA) is required. Advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical and technical terminology. Advanced knowledge of gross dissection techniques and guidelines. Advanced knowledge of tissue fixation and preservation techniques. Intermediate knowledge of Pathology and Cancer staging. Ability to evaluate and implement new equipment, instrumentation and dissection techniques within the Gross Lab. Knowledge of Laboratory safety, bio-hazardous and infectious material handling and containment, use of safety equipment and incident reporting, WHMIS and TDG. Able to act as a preceptor for Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) students. Ability to maintain accurate records and documentation.

Additional Required Qualifications:

Capable of working in high pressure situations with frequent interruptions. Skills in leadership, prioritization, critical thinking, multitasking, and problem solving. Promotes positive working relationships both within the department and with other health care providers. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written. Computer literacy and keyboarding skills required. Sound judgement, tact and diplomacy in relation to responsibilities of position. Candidate must be well-organized and flexible. Ability to prioritize and work independently as well as in a group setting is essential. Must have good performance and attendance records.

Preferred Qualifications:

3-5 years of recent relevant work experience is preferred, however, new graduates will be considered. American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP-PA) certification is preferred. Actively promotes the Alberta Precision Laboratories Values of Kindness, Inclusion, Innovation, Agility, and Accuracy.

Please note:

All postings close at 23:59 of the posting end date indicated.

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