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Histotechnologist
Ref No.: 20-00512
Category: Biotechnology
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
The Histology Technologists (I-III) are responsible for performing routine histology duties; embedding, cutting, processing, H&E staining/cover slipping, grossing, Immunohistochemistry, and TMA production. To maintain the workflow of the IHC/Histology Laboratory. This position begins duties in the IHC department; grossing biopsies/small specimens, maintaining logs, cutting control tissues for IHC, and performing antibody and reagent QC. Participates in continuing education/in-service training sessions sponsored by the department; continues growth by preparing for the QIHC certification exam.

Responsibilities:
  • Performs Microtomy and Immunohistochemistry staining of paraffin embedded tissue according to instructions daily. Maintains diagnostic viability of all specimens and ensures correct patient labeling. Cuts, prepares, and stains slides from histology specimens. Routinely checks and verifies that surgical case numbers match blocks and slides; prints labels as appropriate.
  • Grossing biopsies and small specimens. Performs gross tissue examination and must meet personnel qualifications set forth by the 1988 CLIA CFR 493.1489 and the policies and procedures outlined in the department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Keeps workflow moving and assists with workflow on the staining platforms (Dako Autostainer and Benchmark XT).
  • Monitors inventory levels for control blocks and build control blocks (TMA) in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Records in laboratory e-log daily (SharePoint). Logs appropriate information into the laboratory computer system.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment in proper working order, following appropriate laboratory safety protocols.
  • Prepares and maintains working solutions of special stains (NFR), including maintaining acceptable working volumes.
  • Handles, prepares, and uploads stainers; conducts dehydrating, and cover slips slides utilizing manual or automatic systems.
  • Prepares, cleans, maintains, and shuts down laboratory equipment & accessories used in a daily and weekly manner.
  • Follows the laboratory procedures for specimen handling and processing of Immunohistochemistry and In-situ Hybridization tests.
  • Performs and documents proficiency testing (PT) samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
  • Adheres to the laboratory's quality control policies, documents all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed.
  • Demonstrates capability of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and must either correct the problems or immediately notify the General Supervisor, technical Supervisor, or Laboratory Director.
  • Documents all corrective action (Issue Review and CAPA system) taken when a test system deviates from the laboratory's established performance specifications.
  • Reports all concerns of test quality and/or patient safety to a Supervisor or Safety Officer.
  • Assists as needed to perform other related duties and special projects to support Histology Technician as required.
  • Maintains tissue inventories and discards residual tissue specimens at appropriate intervals and maintains up-to-date inventories and records relating to tissues.
  • Troubleshoots assays and all related instrumentation. Maintains and revises as needed all related technical policies and procedures including instrument/equipment maintenance by maintaining equipment quality control and preventive maintenance.
  • Accepts other duties as assigned; such as, R&D projects and Antibody Optimization.
  • Be willing to participate as a safety officer, present in laboratory monthly updates, in-service, and huddles.

Requirements:
  • BS in Histotechnology (NACCLS approved HT program) or related science (Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS/MT), Cytotechnology (CT)
    • Education/training equivalent to the above that includes at least 60 semester hours or equivalent from an accredited institution. This education must include 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses, OR 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry, 6 semester hours of biology, and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination.
    • In addition, the individual must have laboratory training including either completion of a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by the ABHES, NAACLA, or other organization approved by HHS (note that this training may be included in the 60 semester hours listed above), OR at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing.
  • ASCP HTL or HT Certification (ASCP – QIHC is STRONGLY Desired)
  • 2-3 years of experience in histology laboratory
  • Demonstrated skills in technical data interpretation and ability to troubleshoot.
  • Demonstrated ability to take and follow direction and to know who the resources are for their direction.
  • Understanding of the equipment used daily; including, but not limited to, Ventana Benchmark and Dako Autostainer IHC platforms, tissue processors, embedding station, microtome, cover slipper, and cassette printer.
  • Adequate experience in routine histology to act as a resource for other team members.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, and general working knowledge of Internet for business use.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-past, deadline driven environment.

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