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The Experimental Histopathology laboratory is recruiting a research histotechnologist to provide customized histology support for Fred Hutch research efforts. The histotech will assist with the design of innovative specimen preparation and staining protocols in a customer service based, team-oriented work environment. The histotech will support the lab in all aspects of the operations, including maintaining workflow and lab operations and assist in specimen preparation and equipment maintenance.
Verify specimen type and ID, accession specimens, and label slides and cassettes (using both automated and non-automated system)
Understand, safely use, recycle, dispose of and store (in appropriate flammable cupboards) all histology reagents and supplies
Understand and communicate basic science, research histology, pathology, and medical terminology with lab members, scientific researchers, and medical community
Organize and track specimens, histology slides, paraffin and OCT blocks
Gross and fix tissues in correct fixative (formalin, Methacarn, Carnoys and Paxgene)
Cut paraffin and frozen blocks (sections) and curls for staining (basic and customized stainings including ISH, mFISH, LCM, Nanostring, Proteomics and other downstream analyzes e.g. Spatial transcriptomics)
Perform manual and automated hematoxylin and eosin staining and basic special stains
Understand theories and concepts of antibodies and immunohistochemistry and other detection methods
Perform basic imaging and image management
Accurately operate all histology equipment
Assist in tissue array and/or tissue microarray (TMA) construction (manual, semi-auto or automated systems)
Basic clerical/administration including but not limited to billing, filing, retrieving information on antibodies and histology stains, emailing and tracking projects using project management software
Inventory, maintain, and order supplies, as necessary
Preventative maintenance and cleaning of all histology equipment and including microscopes, microtome, cryostat, tissue processor, tissue stainers, freezers, and other histology equipment
Participate in group meetings with laboratory staff and researchers
Help with process improvement
Perform other duties, as assigned
The minimum requirement is a bachelors degree and/or HT/HTL certification by a nationally recognized certifying agency, such as the American Society of Clinical Pathology is required. Relevant experience with basic histology is essential and experience with immunohistochemistry is also a plus.
The successful technologist must be able to work accurately and efficiently, be detail-oriented, and work both independently and within a group. Good troubleshooting and problem-solving skills are required. This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work positively in a customer -oriented environment. In addition, the histotech in this position must be flexible and skilled at organizing and prioritizing tasks. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer, and digital pathology is essential.
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at [email protected] or by calling 206-667-4700.
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.