Duties: 1. Operates and maintains all aspects of the Histology Laboratory: performs multi-step complex histologic procedures as a diagnostic and research tool for the detection of viral, bacterial, and abnormal growth diseases under the supervision of senior professionals; processes/embeds all submitted pathologic tissue; microsections, stains, and coverslips tissue; prepares various solutions and reagents necessary to perform histologic tests; performs both automated and manual staining procedures (routine and special stains); selects and assesses all control slides through microscopic examination for accuracy and acceptability of stain results; troubleshoots nonconforming results; works independently but follows established standard operating procedures. 2. Operates and maintains all aspects of the Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Laboratory; performs multi-step complex IHC procedures as a diagnostic and research tool for the detection of viral, bacterial, and abnormal growth diseases under the supervision of senior professionals; this includes a wide variety of IHC stains using multiple manual and automatic staining techniques; analyzes test results and assesses validity of tests; microscopically evaluates and interprets all IHC results for accuracy and acceptability of stain results; troubleshoots nonconforming results; works independently but follows established standard operating procedures. 3. Actively participates in research projects from within and outside of the CVM; assists in analyzing and interpreting test results; participates in national histologic study sets by preparing case study material and national proficiency testing through the National Veterinary Service Laboratory. 4. Maintains all complex laboratory equipment according to the manufacturers' recommendations; troubleshoots equipment malfunctions; calibrates equipment in compliance with quality control protocols; documents actions and results in an online quality control software program; handles repair/purchasing communications with equipment vendors. 5. Maintains and contributes to computer data base program with case entry information; maintains daily logbook of workload; cross-checks submissions against online data information; maintains and archives daily checklists of special stain procedures. 6. Oversees work of students and temporary technicians to assure compliance with GLP and AAVLD Quality Control Essential Requirements; helps to train and orient new employees/pathology residents in the operation of the laboratory. 7. Participates in VDL qualtiy assurance activities according to the VDL Quality Manual and System Policies; participates in the detection and review of nonconforming work, determination of corrective/preventive actions and contributes as a team member in optimizing opportunities for continuous improvement. 8. Performs general laboratory maintenance tasks including conducting inventory, ordering supplies, handling and disposing of hazardous waste material as precribed by UHS, performing general laboratory cleaning duties, and undertaking all quality control policies/procedures. 9. Assists in creating a pathology image teaching archive by digitizing photographs, microslides, and pathology kodachromes.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Student loan forgiveness opportunity
Opportunities for growth and promotion
Employee Assistance Program
For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/2018_tcd-cslr-75100-ben-0105-7.pdf
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required Qualifications: BA/BS with 2 years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years
Preferred Qualifications: HT (Histotechnician) or HTL (Histotechnologist) certification in the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or pending certification within 1 year of hire. Experience working in a veterinary laboratory/clinic or working with animal research samples; basic knowledge of anatomy.
Internal Number: 327293
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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