Histology Technician

Palo Alto, California
Market Rate
Mar 21, 2018
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

Apex Life Sciences – Histo Technician

About the Department of Comparative Medicine

The Department of Comparative Medicine in the School of Medicine is an academic department whose faculty teach at the undergraduate, graduate, professional and post graduate levels. The Department's faculty are also engaged in collaborative and comparative research, with animal model expertise and programs in veterinary pathology, pain and anesthesia, rodent reproductive biology, infectious disease, cancer, bioengineering and neuroscience. Our mission is to advance human and animal health through outstanding research, veterinary care and training.

About the Position

The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) and the DCM’s Animal Histology Services laboratory at Apex Life Sciences is seeking a highly motivated and skilled histotechnician/histotechnologist (Life Science Technician III) to process tissues both for standard (hematoxylin and eosin – H&E) and more complex histological assays (histochemical [“special”] stains, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and large tissue blocks). S/he will perform highly complex research assays including extremely complex manual assays. S/he will function as an expert technical resource independently performing all technical aspects of histology slide preparation, including the most complex assays, and will provide training and mentorship to other staff (including students and interns) and clients. Histopathology slides prepared in this lab are used for both animal model research and veterinary diagnostic support applications.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Processing, cutting, and mounting tissue specimens onto glass slides.
  • Perform highly complex and specialized manual and automated assays on various types of tissue samples.
  • Analyze and evaluate results, and generate and evaluate reports on assays performed.
  • Perform final review of sample processing, assay preparation, assay results, and reports generated by staff. Sign out reports to next level review or to investigators.
  • Serve as expert, technical resource, and/or point person for the services and capabilities of the laboratory. Train and mentor other histotechnicians, work-study students, and histotechnology interns.
  • Evaluate, validate, and optimize new assays; may evaluate new technologies and make recommendations on new acquisitions and/or upgrades of instrumentation and software.
  • Review quality assurance and quality control data and take corrective action for assigned area, as needed. Maintain documentation and assure that regulatory requirements are met.
  • Assist with scheduling and workflow coordination.
  • Collaborate in writing, reviewing, and editing protocols and procedures; maintain procedure manuals.
  • Oversee completion of equipment maintenance, instrumentation calibration, quality control and documentation, and ensure adequate supply of supplies and equipment.
  • - Other duties may also be assigned