The Pathology Department is seeking a Histotechnologist who under the direct supervision of the Laboratory Supervisor/Manager or Medical Director or Principal Investigator or designee; 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 Using knowledge and judgment completes description and tissue preparation for histological examination following regulatory requirements.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
The qualified individual will be responsible for performing the day-to-day technical procedures on clinical and research specimens.
Prepares tissue samples for microscopic examination by a pathologist or investigator.
Performs grossing/dissection of small specimens using skills and knowledge of tissue type and muscle structure.
Accessions and bills specimens
Maintains laboratory equipment.
Programs tissue processors.
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 cassettes, loads tissue processors, handles wet tissue and frozen tissue sectioning.
Performs quality assurance procedures such as and reports discrepancies per standard operating procedure.
Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, routine repairs or notifying service personnel when more complex problems occur. Performs related general duties such as
Maintain accurate and detailed records. Provide accurate information on work conducted for client billing purposes.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Individual must meet minimum CLIA requirements for high complexity testing (ANP.11610); evidence of compliance with records of qualifications including degree or transcript and work history in related field.
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 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.
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, DNA, and radiation protocols. Clinical Research and patient care duties may require direct interaction with patients at all levels of health or illness; including those noted with precautions/contagious symptoms or disease. 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 or luggage. May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides. In some areas, workspace is limited.
While most of our positions require on-site presence; where positions are approved for alternate work locations (remote work) specific expectations will be outlined and documented; and the safety of work environment, security of work information, and productivity measures are regularly reviewed with employees and subject to on-going approval by management. Staff should be aware of and report other remote work implications and requirements that may impact them or the organization.
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 areas maintain 24/7 operations and may require rotating shifts, evening, overnight, weekend, or holiday schedules. Some areas require on-call duties. Where designated positions are clinical or required attendance. In the event of a declared emergency; including but not limited to weather events, major disasters, or community unrest/events staff may be required to report to work and/or remain at work.
Associates Degree in laboratory science, medical laboratory technology, or a related discipline required.
Some related experience. Additional related experience can substitute for education.
HT (ASCP) eligible
Bachelors Degree with 1 or more years of experience.
HT (ASCP) certification preferred.
Classified Title: Histotechnologist Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CF Starting Salary Range: $22.10-$30.40-$ 38.70 HRLY (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 6:00am-2:30pm, occasional on-call weekends Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Pat Histology Lab 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.
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