Histology Technician

Pennsylvania, United States
Monday, 18 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Description Summary

The PennVet Laboratory of Pathology and Toxicology seeks to hire histology technician to work at the Philadelphia campus. The position is to provide excellent technical support to both a busy surgical biopsy service and a comparative pathology core. The position will entail working closely with the faculty members, researchers, staff and resident trainees to prepare material for histology interpretation.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

Tissue trimming and embedding 2) microtoming of both processed and frozen tissue 3) histochemical staining 4) immunohistochemical staining 5) routine maintenance of tissue processors as well as autostainer and cover-slipper and 6) distribution and filing of cases, slides and blocks.

Histology Tech Senior:

The main roles of this position are to provide technical histology to the Penn Vet Diagnostic Laboratory (PVDL) and the Comparative Pathology Core (CPC). Expert technical support is required in the histology laboratory for the PVDL and CPC (a shared resource within the Abramson Cancer Center), which generates materials for busy biopsy and autopsy services and research. In this role, the employee will work closely with other histology technicians, faculty pathologists, researchers, staff, and resident trainees and main duties include: tissue trimming and embedding; sectioning/microtoming of processed and frozen tissues; histochemical staining; immunohistochemical staining (auto-immunostaining instrument as well as infrequent manual staining); instrument maintenance (tissue processor, autostainer, cover-slipper); and distribution and filing of cases, slides, and blocks. The opportunities to trim fixed tissues and aid in optimizing novel antibodies for immunohistochemistry are also potentially available to the right candidate. The employee will also be integral in maintaining quality control/quality assessment protocols and standard operating procedures for CPC and PVDL activities.

Job Description

Technician, Histology

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Tissue trimming and embedding
  • Microtoming of both processed and frozen tissue
  • Histochemical staining
  • Immunohistochemical staining
  • Routine maintenance of tissue processors as well as autostainer and cover-slipper
  • Distribution and filing of cases, slides and blocks
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.​


High School Diploma or equivalent and 2 years experience preferred.

Technician, Histology Senior

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Tissue sectioning (microtome) – formalin fixed paraffin embedded and frozen tissues.
  • Tissue trimming and embedding.
  • Histochemical staining.
  • Immunohistochemical staining
  • Assist mouse phentyping studies
  • Perform digital slide scanning and data management
  • Maintain SOPs/log books for PVDL and CPC.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Associates Degree and 2-3 years experience preferred.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range

$16.23 - $29.22

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.