Under general supervision, processes, embeds, sections, and stains
tissue from clinical and research specimens, for electron microscopy
or histology according to standardized departmental laboratory
1. Processes tissues for observation by Pathologists under electron
microscope and/or the light microscope using standardized
techniques. When necessary, uses techniques such as negative
staining, critical point drying, or rapid freezing.
2. Embeds processed tissue for both histology and electron microscopy
using specialized instruments such as ultramicrotomes, cryostats,
and paraffin microtomes.
3. Stains sections for both electron microscopy and histology using
both routine and special staining methods.
4. Prepares reagents and staining solutions used. Prepares other
solutions and chemicals as needed in accordance with departmental
5. Operates or uses routine laboratory equipment such as microtomes,
diamond knives, cryomicrotomes, stainers, microscopes, tissue
processors, centrifuges, pH meters, and glass knives. Cleans and
6. Keeps maintenance and service logs on equipment in accordance with
laboratory accreditation guidelines and departmental procedures.
7. Maintains records and files of specimens, their products and
applicable quality control activities, in accordance with
laboratory accreditation agency guidelines.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED.
EXPERIENCE: Two years specialized laboratory specimen preparation
experience in histology or electron microscopy depending in the
specific area to be supported.
General knowledge of applicable safety, quality control, specialized
processing and staining techniques and specimen handling guidelines
and procedures. Skill in using applicable laboratory equipment such as
centrifuges, microscopes, ultramicrotomes, paraffin microtomes,
stainers, diamond knives, glass knives, cryostats and sterilizers.
Ability to work quickly and accurately when under strict deadlines;
excellent hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills; and to wear and
work in personal protective equipment.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries
and/or medical examination to determine ability to perform the job.
Employees in this job class may be subject to pre-employment and
random drug testing.