Under the supervision of the Laboratory Manager and with a thorough knowledge and theory of histological techniques, perform all aspects of grossing, processing, embedding, cutting, staining and preparing high quality microscopic slides for medical diagnostic purposes, both clinical and research. Perform work in all areas of the Histology laboratory. Independently perform special stains and troubleshoot these stains using the necessary theory of the reagents and their various properties. Adapt known staining theory to new and existing antibodies. Develop new histologic techniques, especially in the areas of immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and in-situ hybridization (Optimization and Validation of antibodies and equipment). Determine microscopically the acceptability of slides based on known criteria. Perform complex grossing procedures. Responsible for preparation and staining of tissue for Immunohistochemistry procedures which includes Immunofluorescence and Immunohistochemical techniques. Maintain a thorough understanding of technical and procedural aspects of the department. Evaluate, implement, and practice new methodologies per department guidelines as noted by the Lab Manager. Perform tests with theoretic understanding of Q.A. to be able to monitor results. Perform routine maintenance of equipment and instruments. Maintain and order supplies. Analyze and resolve problems independently as appropriate as noted by Pathologists feedback and Lab Manager observation. Perform other duties as needed.
- Performs specialized laboratory tests and procedures in such areas as histology, cytology, cytogenics, medical technology, and histocompatibility. Records results. Interprets and analyzes results of test and procedures.
- Tests for and ensures quality control of slides, specimens and cultures. Sets up, operates and maintains laboratory equipment.
- Oversees and instructs support staff. Serves as a source of information on specialized laboratory techniques and equipment operation.
- Prepares specimens, tissue, bodily fluid samples, and other matter for analysis and diagnosis using specialized laboratory techniques.
- Stains and mounts slides, prepares specialized solutions and media; and cultures tissues.
- Develops and modifies laboratory techniques and procedures. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. May photograph specimens and other matter and develop film.
- Performs additional functions incidental to laboratory activities.
Required Education and Experience
Associate degree in a related field is required. 5+ years of Histology experience and 3+ years of IHC experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Superb ability to execute controlled movements using hand-eye coordination under specific conditions. Through knowledge of IHC concepts and platforms (Dako and Leica).
Required Skill/Ability 2:
Ability to work under stress.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Ability to work independently and with limited supervision.
Required Skill/Ability 4:
Ability to communicate effectively with Pathologists and staff.
Required Skill/Ability 5:
Verifiable excellent attendance.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Qualification in IHC (QIHC) by ASCP preferred.
Required Licenses or Certifications
HT or HTL Certification through ASCP is required.
Preferred Licenses or Certifications:
IHC (QIHC) by ASCP.
Weekend Hours Required: Occasional
Evening Hours Required: Occasional
Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No
Background Check Requirements
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