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Hospital Lab Technician

Job Description

Cardiovascular Research Inst

Full Time


Job Summary

Hospital Laboratory Technicians perform or supervise the performance of a wide variety of technical procedures in a hospital laboratory or other facility directly involved in patient-care activities; and perform other related duties as required.

The Pulmonary Function Technician performs pulmonary function and exercise tests on patients. These tests are used to diagnose and manage disease in patients.  The pulmonary function technician also participates in research projects that require pulmonary function or exercise testing as an evaluation criterion.

The major portion of the duties of the pulmonary function technician includes instructing and properly coaching patients to perform very demanding and “effort-dependent” breathing tests, independently and under minimal supervision, sometimes on very ill patients.  The pulmonary function technician must learn all of the various measurements of lung function in order to generate reproducible and accurate results.  An important factor required to perform the testing is the ability to fully understand the technical aspects of the equipment, as well as comprehend various computerized hardware and software applications. Following a variety of detail-specific protocols is critical to the success of this position.

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Department Description

The primary mission of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, the largest organized research unit on the San Francisco campus, is to promote fundamental and clinical research on the cardiovascular and pulmonary respiratory systems and to provide opportunities for postdoctoral training in these fields. With over 200 faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows, the CVRI supports faculty from a variety of departments (Medicine, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Lab Medicine, Pediatrics, Anatomy, Anesthesia, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology). The total extramural funding is $34 million annually (direct and indirect costs), with $1M in indirect cost return, and $561K in State funds. Assets include $38 million in endowment income and gifts, $3M in clinical reserves, and $5.8M in opportunity funds.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduation from college with a major in an applicable natural science; or two years of college courses in the natural sciences plus two years of applicable experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work closely with other employees
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems independently and in a team setting
  • Able to communicate effectively with patients and be sensitive to their needs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to deal with a variety of people, including (extremely ill) patients
  • Comfortable working with human blood
  • Phlebotomy experience
  • Ability to use statistics
  • Pulmonary Function certificate
  • Coursework in physiology
  • Prior experience working with (extremely ill) patients in a hospital or clinic setting

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Job Code and Payroll Title

008976 HOSP LAB TCHN 1

Job Category

Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - Patient Care Technical Unit (AFSCME-EX)


Parnassus Heights (SF)

Additional Shift Details

M-F, 8:00-5:00

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