Clinical Lab (Histology) Tech

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY
University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine / Pathology
Clinical Labo (Histology) Tech
Position #00002758 - Requisition 07476
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The Clinical Lab (Histology) Tech is a full time, University Staff (non-classified) position that performs a variety of routine and non-routine technical and admin/clerical duties in the clinical histology lab setting under minimal supervision. This position requires independent judgment in selection of methodologies utilized in processing specimens and in solving non-routine problems. The Clinical Lab Tech contributes to the overall efficiency of the laboratory or pathology practice in a cost effective manner by performing a variety of tasks, consisting primarily of preparing all surgical pathology specimens in preparation for pathologist review and diagnosis. Clinical Lab (Histology) Tech receives all histology specimens while checking paperwork for complete and accurate clinical information. The Clinical Lab (Histology) Tech will then organize the specimens and assist in preparing them for processing using various methodologies, complex machinery and staining systems. Clinical Lab(Histology) Tech must be familiar with many laboratory policies and procedures. The position also assists in maintenance of the histology area by stocking supplies, cleaning and organizing of work stations, disposal of biological waste, adherence to all compliance and operational procedures.
Maintains archived Histological slides and blocks. Performs all procedures in a timely manner. Answer laboratory phone properly and take information correctly. Assists in the ordering of laboratory supplies to maintain proper inventory. Knowledgeable of all lab procedures and specimen submission requirements. Understand and use proper safety practices. Performs other duties as assigned. Other duties as assigned.
Examples of Work Performed:
Determines appropriate handling and tissue processing for specimens, and priorities on requested procedures. Prepare and maintain surgical blocks. Stain, coverslip, label and deliver materials. Work will be reviewed as part of QA program. Logs will also be reviewed to ensure accurate entry for labels. Prepare and organize specimens for permanent storage. Blocks are regularly pulled from storage and problems will be readily identified. Performs computer data entry, recall, and labeling on complex pathology network (LIS). Take temperatures of paraffin baths, pots, ovens, cryostats, refrigerators and maintain charts of temperatures Performs routine preventative maintenance, cleaning, and minor adjustments on all lab equipment. Make and change staining solutions for H&E stain in frozen section areas and in Histology lab. Wash glassware and assist in identifying outdated chemicals, stock shortages and ordering supplies Prepares and examine solutions for contamination, impurities, or instability. Assist in cleaning and maintaining all Histology equipment including recording temperatures, and changing solutions according to the daily maintenance schedule. Observe all safety and infectious disease protocol.
This position reports to a Histology Supervisor and receives direction and or input form one the Histotechnologist (Certified ASCP/HT/ HTL) in the lab. The employee will demonstrate communication of all problems and concerns to the Histotechnology Supervisor and/or pertinent senior lab personnel. If there are no superiors present at the time, the employee shall handle the situation and immediately inform the supervisor and or Histologists upon arrival of the corrective actions taken.
PLEASE NOTE : Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.
Salary and Benefits:
The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.
The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at
The University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
The University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
Minimum Qualifications:
Associate Degree in Biological Sciences or related field.
Two years of experience organizing specimens and assisting in preparing them for processing using various methodologies, complex machinery and staining systems.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a BS/BA degree in a biological science may substitute for lab experience, organizing and preparing specimens for processing.
Conditions of Employment:
Must be willing and able to lift and move up to 50 pounds.
Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including bending, stooping, pushing, and standing for long periods of time.
Must be willing and able to wear safety equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, aprons etc. Must be willing and able to use complex machinery, sharp instruments and work with various chemical solutions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :
Must have basic computer skills in data entry, Word and Excel.
Demonstrated ability to organize workload, file correctly by alphabetical and numerical order, attention to detail, and to follow precisely written procedural instructions.
Basic medical terminology is necessary.
Ability to listen and follow precise protocols is required.
Must be able to recognize discrepant information as it applies to specimen receipt and decide on a course of action - i.e. contacting the administrative office, clinician, Histotechnologist or Histology Supervisor.
Demonstrated proficiency in teaching, communication and working well with others is desired.
Preferred Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a BS/BA degree in a biological science
Experience and thorough knowledge of routine histological activities such as receiving, preparing, processing surgical specimens.
Experience using laboratory equipment such as complex machinery and staining systems.
Experience calculating lab results and data using math and analytical skills.
Experience working within an educational medical lab environment.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Matt Bilby at
Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References
Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. be81b91c4b7f42f8b2c2427a13bec801

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