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Histology Associate

Department: Clinical Laboratory

Reporting Structure: Director, Laboratory Operations

Key Requirements and Duties: The Histology Associate is responsible for a variety of duties involving the pre-analytical process. This includes processing of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor samples (microtome sectioning, macrodissection and laser microdissection, and histological staining) and other lab operational tasks.


  • Sectioning of tissue samples for microscopic examination using a microtome.
  • Re-embedding of tissue blocks as needed.
  • Operation and use of automated slide stainer.
  • Laser Capture Microdissection of tissue on slides, under supervision of a pathologist.
  • Macrodissection (tissue scraping) on slides.
  • Specimen labeling and verification of sample identifiers and information against source documents.
  • Performs daily inventory or maintenance activities in the histology department.
  • Troubleshoots general problems including missing or conflicting identifier.
  • Clerical and administrative functions within the laboratory operation, including documentation to maintain compliance with state, CLIA, and CAP requirements.
  • Operate the Laboratory Information System software for various lab workflows.
  • Works well in a cross-functional team environment with meticulous attention to detail, strong data entry skills, excellent communication skills, and strong organizational skills.
  • Be a self-starter in resolving discrepancies and proactively improving operational efficiencies.
  • Focuses on quality of patient testing and maintaining turn-around times.
  • Work schedule may be modified to meet operational requirements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Associate degree in a biological science field or equivalent
  • Associate degree in a biological science field or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of laboratory experience (preferably industry)
  • Experience in histological techniques, including tissue processing, embedding, microtome sectioning, histochemical staining; as well as know-how of light microscopy, microscope imaging and quantitative histological techniques
  • Highly organized, ability to work independently, follow standard operating procedures

Required Training/Certification

  • HT or HTL (ASCP) preferred, but not required
  • On the job training including, but not limited to: HIPAA, and safety procedures

Physical Demands:

  • Time on the job spent in the following physical activities:
    • Stand: 1/3 to 2/3
    • Walk: 1/3 to 2/3
    • Sit: Over 2/3
    • Use hands to finger, handle or feel: Over 2/3
    • Reach with hands and arms: Under 2/3
    • Climb or balance: Under 1/3
    • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl: Under 1/3
    • Talk or hear: 1/3 to 2/3
    • Taste or smell: Under 1/3
  • This job requires that weight is lifted or force is exerted in the following amounts and amount of time:
    • Up to 10lbs: Over 2/3
    • Up to 25lbs: 1/3 to 2/3
    • Up to 50lbs: Under 1/3
    • Up to 100lbs: None
    • More than 100lbs: None

If interested, please submit a copy of your CV/Resume to us to apply.