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Histology Technician Assistant

Location: San Diego, CA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 815704 Date posted: 09/09/2019

Under direct supervision, provides technical support services for  the histology technicians, Pathology staff and Pathologist. Performs a variety of technical procedures which assist in the production of microscopic slides. Duties include: distribution of slides to Pathologist,  handling, processing,embedding, cutting & staining of specimens, operation & maintaining automated equipment, maintaining slide, block and specimen files & records & performing other duties as needed.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Divide Pathologist daily workload, organize and distribute slides

  • Perform embedding procedures on tissue specimens

  • Perform limited microtomy on tissue specimens (e.g., autopsy, control tissues, large specimens)

  • Select appropriate stains & chemicals to perform H&E staining procedures

  • Accurately follow established protocols

  • Assist histology technicians in the performance of special stains as assigned

  • Label, package & send out completed slides according to established procedures

  • Prepare, operate & maintain automated equipment according to established protocols

  • Evaluate, assess & adapt procedures to deal w/ problems arising from equipment malfunctions or problems

  • Monitor & document instrument performance; check & recognize malfunctions & identify the need for repair

  • Maintain specimen files by filing, sorting & removing & returning specimens/blocks

  • Answer the telephone or skype; communicate w/ the area pathology departments & record testing requests

  • Serve as a resource person by answering questions and/or assisting in problem solving

  • Identify technical questions for referral to the lead technician or supervisor

  • Communicate problems to supervisors

  • Record quality control data for specimens, instruments, temperatures & reagent

  • Maintain records & files, as assigned, following established procedures

  • Maintain cleanliness & orderliness of assigned areas

  • Order & restock supplies as assigned

  • Demonstrates correct safety practices as defined in established protocols

  • Handles patient specimens, hazardous chemicals & waste, according to policy

  • Implement appropriate procedures used for tissue processing and receive pathology specimens

  • Note: The duties listed are representative only for the job classification & the time spent performing specific duties may vary considerably depending on the shift worked

  • Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature & level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position & as such are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties & skills required of personnel so classified
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • N/A
  • Education
  • Knowledge in general biology, anatomy, math and chemistry, obtained through successful completion of college level courses, or equivalent laboratory experience. which includes one (1) year or more in a Histology or Pathology Department.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:
  • N/A

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 1 year in a Pathology or Histology Department.
  • Minimum of 1 year previous histology experience with embedding and microtomy.  
  • Primary Location: California,San Diego,San Diego Medical Center 4647 Zion Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 21 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Part-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: OPEIU - Local 30 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Laboratory Department: Histology Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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