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Histo Technician I

Louisville, Illinois, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Summary:
Prepares histologic slides from animal tissue sections for microscopic and digital examination and diagnosis by Pathologist.

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Prepares sections of animal tissue for microscopic examination and patient diagnosis, using techniques to gross (dissect tissue), embed (orient specimen in paraffin block), section (cut thin sections of tissue), stain (enhance contrast of tissue and highlight specific features of interest with routine hematoxylin and eosin stains), and mount tissue (adhere tissue onto glass slides), from surgical procedures.
• Examines slides and/or blocks to ensure tissue preparation is meeting laboratory requirements.
• Performs recuts and additional stains including special and immunohistochemistry stains, as requested by a Pathologist.
• Operates computerized laboratory equipment to fix, dehydrate, and infiltrate with wax, tissue specimens to be preserved for study by Pathologist.
• May label requisitions, specimen containers, cassettes and/or slides and affixes coverslip to slides.
• Maintains laboratory equipment and tracks all routine maintenance and quality controls performed.
• Files, retrieves, and distributes blocks, slides, and pathology reports.
• Operates, cleans, and sterilizes laboratory equipment, glassware, instruments, and workstation.
• Disposes of hazardous chemical waste per regulatory guidelines.
• Maintains strictest confidentiality.
• Complies with all State, Federal, professional regulations as well as company and departmental rules, polices, and procedural manuals.
• Adherence to State Regulations, HIPAA, Safety and OSHA Regulations.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Compensation:
• Experience in Histopathology lab or similar environment preferred, but not required, onsite training provided.
• Science background rerequired.
• Veterinary experience preferred, but not required.
• Competitive compensation package.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of following equipment: computers, computer programs, information system(s), scanners, forceps, rulers, tissue dyes, scalpel or razor blades, microtomes, water baths, slide rack, tissue processors, drying ovens, automatic stainers (H&E, special stains, and IHC), cover slippers, and personal protective equipment.
• Knowledge of laboratory policies and procedures, and laboratory testing to monitor control checks.
• Knowledge of medical terminology to communicate with laboratory staff.
• Knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
• Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
• Robust organizational and time management skills.
• Skill in performing a full range of laboratory tests and operating a variety of laboratory instrumentation and equipment.
• Ability to listen, read, understand, and follow oral, and written instruction.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.

Physical Requirements:
Physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger; handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to focus. Requires visual acuity and normal color perception.

Full time



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