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Johns Hopkins University Histotechnologist in Baltimore, Maryland

The Department of Pathology seeks a Histotechnologist to work 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 gross handling of clinical small biopsy specimens. Using knowledge and judgment completes description and tissue preparation for histological examination following regulatory requirements.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs 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 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 block and slide match, reports discrepancies per standard operating procedure.

  • Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, performs routine repairs or notifies service personnel when more complex problems occur.

  • Performs related general duties such as ordering supplies, general lab housekeeping, and maintaining safety records.

  • Maintains accurate and detailed records. Provides accurate information on work conducted for client billing purposes.

Performs miscellaneous related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications :

Associates degree in laboratory science, medical laboratory technology, or a related discipline. Some related experience.

Additional related experience can substitute for education to the extent permitted by the JHU formula.

HT (ASCP) eligible. 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.

  • Associate degree in a laboratory science or medical laboratory technology, obtained from an accredited institution. OR

  • 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 a 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

  • Three (3) months documented laboratory training in each specialty in which the individual perform high complexity testing.

Preferred Qualifications: HT (ASCP) certification.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Computer experience including MS Office, database, and email. Telephone and Fax.

  • Experience with laboratory tools and equipment. 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.

Physical Requirements:

Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or laboratory environment.

Classified Title: Histotechnologist

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CF

Starting Salary Range: $21.43 - $29.49/Hour; Commensurate with experience

Employee Group: Full Time

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus

Department Name: Pathology, EM Lab

Personnel Area: School of Medicine

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu . For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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