Histology Technician

Johns Hopkins University

The Pathology Department is seeking a casual Histology Technician  who under the direct supervision of the Laboratory Supervisor/Manager; 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, performs high complexity procedures including but not limited to: grossing formalin fixed tissues, loading and unloading and maintaining automatic tissue processors, programming tissue processors, embedding tissue into paraffin blocks, printing slides using equipment and software, printing tissue cassettes, printing slide labels using software and equipment, operating microtome, hand staining as well as automated staining of slides, QCing of completed projects. Using knowledge and judgment completes description and tissue preparation for histological examination in accordance with individual project instructions.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • The qualified individual will be responsible for performing the day-to-day technical procedures on clinical and research specimens including the following activities.
  • Prepares tissue samples for microscopic examination by a pathologist or investigator.
  • Performs grossing/dissection of small specimens using skills and knowledge of animal and human anatomy and morphology.
  • Accessions and bills projects.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment.
  • Programs tissue processors and slide Stainer.
  • Performs routine histology on human and animal specimens, special stain techniques; embeds specimens; prepares various staining solutions; decalcification and staining of bone specimens, operating automated slide and cassette printer, loads tissue processors, and automated slide cover slipper.
  • Handles wet tissue and frozen tissue sectioning.
  • Performs quality assurance procedures evaluating sections as they are being sectioned as well as assessing stain and tissue quality after staining. Reports discrepancies and initiates remediation per standard operating procedure.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & 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 and animal 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.

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting) up to 60% of the time and standing/walking at 40%. 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 workstations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.
  • The employee is required to use hands/fingers to touch, type and/or feel.
  • Will operate computer keyboard, and/or laboratory instruments, small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides.
  • 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) for laboratory positions.
  • Position is primarily in a laboratory environment where exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed for assigned work areas.
  • 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, and DNA 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 including laboratory supplies.
  • May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training.
  • This position is on-site and cannot be performed remotely
  • 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.
  • Annual training and testing requirements.
  • Some weekend work is possible.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates Degree from an accredited Histotechnology Certification program with three years of laboratory experience that includes some histology experience. 
  • High School Diploma or graduation equivalent also acceptable, with 5 years of histology or related experience, including at least one year of work experience in a laboratory environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • One or more years of experience.
  • HT (ASCP) certification preferred.

Classified Title: Histology Technician
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CE
Starting Salary Range: $19.25-$26.50-$33.70 HRLY (Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Casual / On Call
Schedule: Flexible
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Medicine Campus
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Pat Kidney Urologic Pathology
Personnel area: School of Medicine 

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees’ health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

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