Histology Lab Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
30 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The mission of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is to provide timely, accurate and pertinent animal disease diagnostic services and educational outreach to veterinarians, animal industries and animal interests. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will strive to meet the goals of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University through research to develop new approaches to disease identification, investigation, prevention and through education of professional veterinary medical, graduate and post-doctoral students.

Position Summary

This position receives and prepares formalin fixed samples for pathological analysis. This is accomplished by taking the tissue embedded in paraffin, sectioning it, mounting it on a glass slide and staining it as requested. Knowledge of the complete histology process is needed to resolve problems that may hinder preparation of slides. Automated tissue processing equipment is also used in creating slides and properly staining them.

Required Job Qualifications

  • The applicant must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in anatomy, wildlife biology, biology or chemistry or comparable degree.
  • One year full-time work experience in fully ASCP accredited histology laboratory.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Prior experience with animal tissue and/or a research laboratory.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills are extremely important.
  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • HT/HTL certification from American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP); or ability to be certified within a year.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Slide preparation Duty/Responsibility

Processing fixed tissues for histology. Operation of manual microtome to cut thin sections of tissue to mount on glass slides. This highly repetitive task requires the technician to slice several layers of wax and tissue from block until they are at the appropriate section to moun on slide. The operation is repeated and completely daily caseload will average 150-200 slides per day.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Special stains Duty/Responsibility

Perform routine and special stains are requested by the pathologist. Stain unstained slides according to the laboratories standard operating procedure relevant to each stain.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Lab duties Duty/Responsibility

Labeling slides, making copies of daily workload sheets, answering the phone, pulling blocks for special stains and recuts, pulling slides for re-evaluation, placing slides in slide flats and delivering them to the appropriate pathologist, setting up and changing the staining line, preparing reagents, setting up the cover slipper, and general lab clean up.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Trimming/Embedding Duty/Responsibility

Know and perform the trimming and embedding of ICH BVD and CWD tissues.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Test requesting Duty/Responsibility

Communication with pathologists and lab personnel is necessary to ensure proper tests are requested.

Percentage Of Time 2 Job Duty Category Bone specimens Duty/Responsibility

Prepare bone specimens for sectioning and run through a lengthy decalcification process.

Percentage Of Time 2 Job Duty Category E. Mail Duty/Responsibility

Check electronic mail for special stain requests.

Percentage Of Time 1 Job Duty Category SOP's Duty/Responsibility

Review laboratory standard operating procedures and keep training records up to date.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Filing Duty/Responsibility

Slide and block filing.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload a cover letter which speaks to the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the name and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., On-call Status - In the event of an emergency is declared by the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Director, needed to meet NAHLN requirements, overtime work or work outside normal operating hours will be required.

Search Contact Todd Bass - 970-297-4310

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.