The University of Washington Histology and Imaging Core currently has an outstanding opportunity for a HISTOTECHNOLOGIST position. The candidate will be working as part of a close-knit team supporting a diverse spectrum of research projects from various sources within and external to the university.
Responsibilities: Under general supervision the person in this position will be working almost entirely with various research tissues from non-human sources. They will be tasked with executing histologic procedures pertaining to the preparation of microscopic slides, including, but not limited to:
Tissue processing and embedding;
Cryopreservation of tissue and OCT embedding;
Microtomy and cryomicrotomy;
Preparing reagents, dyes and solutions in accordance with standard procedures;
Performing various staining procedures on multiple research animal tissue samples presented in varied mediums and quality control of work prior to distribution;
Labeling slides and tissue cassettes; and
Instrument maintenance, data entry filing and precise record keeping.
This candidate will be required to analyze and determine causes of instrument malfunction and notify the appropriate staff member(s). They will maintain quality control of instruments, evaluate new products, and provide input on processes pertaining to routine histology protocols and procedures.
Additional responsibilities will include handling workflow from multiple investigators, careful tracking of hours worked for various projects, and monitoring and performing quality control of specimens and stained slides.
Certified as a Histologic Technician by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) AND completion of a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) approved school course of study AND one year of experience in a research laboratory OR three years of experience in a clinical laboratory OR equivalent education/experience.
Must be proficient in all aspects of histology relating to human as well as murine, rodent, non-human primate, and other laboratory research species .
Ability to implement affinity based histochemical (special) stains, including but not limited to, Movats Pentachrome.
Proficiency with use and maintenance of Leica histology instrumentation, including but not limted to, Autostainer XL, CV5030 coverslipper, CM1950 cryostat, TissueTek processor and embedding center, various microtomes, slide and cassette labeler.
Ability to be detail oriented, proactive, organized, and produce high quality work both independently and collaboratively.
Ability to work under condensed timelines and realign work load according to shifting priorities.
Ability to function independently and effectively work with clients requiring services provided by the Histology and Imaging Core.
The ideal candidate is proactive and an independent problem solver and will be a true team player who can communicate in a professional manner, both verbally and in writing.
Conditions of Employment:
Must be able to work comfortably in an animal research facility
Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position.
Internal Number: 169567
About University of Washington Histology and Imaing Core
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The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is one of 12 basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The mission of the department is to advance knowledge and improve the health and welfare of humans and animals through excellent service support, biomedical research, and teaching. DCM is the central laboratory animal medicine resource at the University of Washington, supporting over 114,000 assignable square feet of animal facilities with an average daily census in excess of 100,000 animals across multiple species (e.g., rodents, rabbits, swine, and zebrafish). The department employs over 1...75 individuals who provide a comprehensive range of animal husbandry, veterinary, and laboratory services across numerous vivaria. The UW animal care program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) and provides services to over 400 principal investigators. Faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and residents (laboratory animal medicine and pathology) conduct basic and clinical research on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, comparative aspects of infectious disease, aging, cancer biology and genetics.
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