Histology Technician

Maryland, United States
01 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

General Summary:

The Department of Pathology is seeking a full time Histology Technician that will work under the direct supervision of the Laboratory Supervisor/Manager or Medical Director or Principal Investigator or designee, performs a variety of both routine and complex laboratory tests in accordance with established standards and procedures. This individual will perform a variety of technical procedures on clinical and research specimens in the histology laboratory. 

*Required attendance employee. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

The qualified individual will be responsible for performing the day-to-day histological technical procedures on clinical and research specimens including the following activities:

  • Prepares tissue samples for microscopic examination by a pathologist or investigator
  • Accessions and bills specimens
  • Maintains laboratory equipment
  • Programs tissue processors
  • Performs routine histology on human and animal samples including sectioning, special stain techniques; embedding specimens; prepares various staining solutions; decalcification and staining of bone specimens using a modified H&E stain technique; operating automated tissue processors, strainers, slide and cassette printers
  • Performs quality assurance procedures such as block and slide match, reports discrepancies per standard operating procedure
  • Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, routine repairs or notifying service personnel when more complex problems occur
  • Performs related general duties such as ordering supplies, general lab housekeeping, and maintaining safety records
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records
  • Provide accurate information on work conducted for client billing purposes

Equipment, machine, or tool requirements:

Computer experience including MS Office, database, and email.  Telephone and Fax.  Experience with laboratory tools and equipment.


Associate’s degree from an accredited Histotechnology Certification program with 3 years of laboratory that includes some experience with histology.  HT (ASCP) certification eligible.  May consider high school diploma with 5 years of histology, or related experience.

Preferred qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in related field (Clinical Laboratory Science, Biology, Chemistry, etc) preferred. HT certification preferred but not required

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Work produced is subject to precise measure of quantity and quality;
  • Attention to detail is critical to the successful performance of this job as it directly affects research outcomes
  • Knowledge of normal human tissue morphology is essential
  • Able to perform paraffin as well as frozen sectioning, H&E staining, and to recognize discrepancies and take corrective action
  • Individual should have strong written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have the ability to read and interpret direction, both oral and written, organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments
  • Must be able to work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory

Work Environment /While performing the duties of this job:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 60% of the time.
  • Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus.
  • The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides.
  • Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment
  • Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results.
  • Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope)
  • Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. 
  • Must refer to and are expected to comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas 
  • Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to assigned work area. 
  • Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment. 
  • Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, and radiation protocols. 
  • Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus). 
  • May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is limited
  • Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices
  • Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift. 
  • Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment
  • This is a Required Attendance position.  In the event of unexpected university closings including inclement weather, the employee in this position is required to report to work and/or remain at work

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/02/CE
Starting Salary Range: $18.12-$24.92
Employee group: Full-time
Schedule (hours/days): Mon – Friday, 40 hrs. with weekend on-call
Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt
Department name: Pathology
Work Location: 600 N Wolfe Street – 7th Floor
Personnel area (School): SOM

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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