Scientist - Microbiologist II



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Houston Engineering - (USA) SPACES CityCentre One 800 Town & Country Boulevard TX Houston , TX 77024



Job Description

**THIS IS A HISTO-TECH POSITION - The Microbiologist title should be ignored**

Job Purpose

This position is tasked with performing routine activities involved in the preparation of surgical specimens for histologic processing to enable the pathologist to render a quality diagnosis.

Key Responsibilities

This position is tasked with the processing of surgical specimens in preparation through histological techniques creating microscopic slides to enable the pathologist to render a quality diagnosis.

* Capable of utilizing a Laboratory Information System (LIS)

* Properly label Specimens components (jars, cassettes, slides, etc.) in accordance to laboratory procedures.

* Embed formalin fixed tissues in accordance to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) tissue orientation protocols

* Perform microtomy of formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) in accordance to SOP protocols.

* Perform routine maintenance and cleaning of instruments and document findings

* Maintain a clean working environment

* Maintain working inventory required for histological processes

* Prepare reagents, including stains solutions, graded alcohols and bulk reagents according to proper specifications

* Knowledgeable of laboratory instrumentation use (microtome, stainers, processors, etc.)

* Perform more complex procedures for processing and staining tissues, including special stains (SS), and other special requests as assigned

* Verify slide stain quality prior to pathologist distribution

Ensure that all stained slides are distributed to pathologists in an efficient and timely manner

* Perform and document equipment quality control and preventive maintenance

* Capable of grossing small biopsies, if applicable

* Perform basic troubleshooting skills

* Support Histology Management by communication supply needs. Document receipt of supplies and the date reagents are put in use

* Practice good documentation practice

* Troubleshoots with supervision

* Maintain filing systems to include FFPE tissue blocks, prepared slides and related documents

* Enforce proper chemical hygiene practices to ensure a safe and compliant working environment

* Perform chemical hazardous waste disposal in accordance to regulatory guidelines

* Assist in duties as deemed necessary by the Histology Supervisor, Pathology Manager, or Medical Director

* Comply with quality control policies and SOPs to ensure all aspects of laboratory operation are performed in accordance with accepted standards and applicable laws for clinical laboratories

* Assist in duties as deemed necessary by the Histology Supervisor, Pathology Lab Manager, or Medical Director.

Key Responsibilities Continued

Skills, Education and/or Certification Requirements

* Associates or Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university and 3+ plus years of experience, completion of an accredited Histology Program or an equivalent combination of education and 5 years experience required

* HT(ASCP) certification is required

* HTL (ASCP) certification, preferred

Must have good computer skills; LIS required, Outlook, Word, Excel are basic requirements