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Medical Laboratory Technologist – Surgical Pathology

Nova Scotia Health Authority

This is a Contract position in Halifax, NS posted July 29, 2020.

Click here to apply as an internal applicant.

Req ID: 65764
Location: Central Zone, Mackenzie Building – QEII
Company: NSHA
Department: 3002587 Surgical Pathology
Type of Employment:  Hourly FT long-assignment  (100% FTE) x 2 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare 
Bargaining Unit – NSGEU 
Posting Closing Date: 6-Aug-20

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The Medical Laboratory Technologist performs analytical tests and procedures offered by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine using appropriate methodologies and quality assurance techniques.  The Medical Laboratory Technologist possesses the technical ability and problem-solving skills to perform all tests (both manual & automated).  Performs laboratory tests with a network of steps and variables according to established protocols and works with little or no supervision in emergency and weekend/night situations.  Operates instruments that are often computer integrated and networked and uses computerized information systems.  Compares test results to pre-established criteria (reference intervals) and makes decisions regarding the reportability of results, thus exercising independent judgement.  Stressful working conditions require the Medical Laboratory Technologist to be tactful, sensitive and able to communicate effectively and professionally. Working conditions include exposure to chemicals on a daily basis.  Maintains patient confidentiality at all times as deemed essential by the Medical Laboratory Technologist Code of Conduct.


  • Must be a graduate from an approved program in Medical Laboratory Technology 
  • Must be licensed with NSCMLT 
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist experience is an asset 
  • Histology experience preferred 
  • Previous experience with LIS (Cerner Millennium) preferred 
  • Good judgement required in solving technical problems and assessing validity of results before reporting 
  • Considerable mental and visual demands in decision making, calculations using complex instruments and microscopy 
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred 


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application.  Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Long Assignment Full Time Position; 75 hours bi-weekly

With an approximate start date of August 10, 2020 and an expected end date of August 10, 2021 (approx. 12 months)

These are anticipated dates and may be subject to change

Shifts may include nights, evening, weekends and holidays

Travel may be required to other sites within Central Zone

Salary Information

Medical Laboratory Technologist

$28.7693 – $35.0282 hourly


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit – NSGEU position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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