Histotechnologist I or Histotechnician I

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Position Summary

The Histotechnologist/Histotechnician I, under limited supervision, performs technical procedures in the IHC/Histology laboratory. Routine tasks include specimen processing, specimen embedding, FFPE sectioning, frozen sectioning, and staining.

Job Classification – Full time, non-exempt        Reports to:  Laboratory Manager

Essential Job Functions

  • Perform immunohistochemical and histological procedures
  • Perform assay development to ensure ideal staining conditions for antibodies
  • Participate in other research activities
  • Operate and maintain general laboratory equipment including analytical balance, pH meter, tissue processor, embedding center, microtome, cryostat and autostainers
  • Record keeping and documentation of all laboratory procedures to ensure quality control standards are being met
  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all equipment and tests including maintaining proper documentation; annual review of all SOPs
  • Perform routine special stains per established procedures and histology standards
  • Utilize technical and troubleshooting skills and strengths to quickly and efficiently complete projects
  • Work as part of a project team to complete projects
  • Attend and contribute to project team meetings
  • Assist in organizing work and storage space and in general lab upkeep
  • Complete a minimum of 5 hours of continuing education on an annual basis, including attendance at required meetings
  • Cross train, special projects, and other duties, as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Histotechnologist (HTL, ASCP) or Histotechnician (HT, ASCP) Certification and
  • 0 to 3 years of experience in animal and human research using histology skills: embedding, sectioning and staining
  • Advanced knowledge of human anatomy, cellular structure and function
  • Advanced laboratory technical skills, including ability to multitask, troubleshoot, and perform quality control work at  a high level with minimal oversight
  • Advanced technical understanding of immunohistochemical staining procedures
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Demonstrated problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to complete a minimum of 5 hours of continuing education, including attending required meetings
  • Ability to work overtime hours, as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Biological/Life Science preferred
  • Knowledge of fluorescent assays
  • Presenting scientific ideas in a group setting
  • Advanced knowledge of Immunohistochemistry and In-situ hybridization assays, including troubleshooting and development of new assays
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