• Research Histotechnician II/III

    Job ID
    Temporary Part-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Laboratory Research Sciences
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    The Experimental Histopathology Shared Resources laboratory is recruiting a Research Histotechnician to provide routine and customized immunohistochemistry support for Fred Hutch research efforts. The incumbent will assist with the design of innovative protocols in a customer service based, team oriented work environment.


    Please note: This is a temporary, part-time position. Ideally 10-20 hours/week.


    Specific Responsibilities for the Research Histotechnician will include the below:


    • Perform routine and customized/complex immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, on an automated platform as well as routine and special stains histology
    • Assist in the vetting of antibodies to be used for specific applications
    • Assist in establishing, optimizing, and customizing histology procedures for fixing, processing, sectioning, staining, and reagent preparation to support immunohistochemistry projects
    • Research, troubleshoot, and test new reagents
    • Optimize antigen retrieval conditions, blocking, detection, and titer to ensure ideal staining conditions for antibodies
    • Work independently as an immunohistochemistry and histology resource for researchers to assist with preparation of their protocols
    • Assist in the development of multispectral immunofluorescent staining to support immuno-oncology and other research goals
    • Participate in group meetings with laboratory staff and researchers to discuss experimental design that will meet research goals
    • Accurately log-in, label, organize, and track specimens
    • Maintain inventory and order supplies, as necessary
    • Prepare reagents from detailed laboratory procedures and document performance against quality control standards
    • Assist in the design and writing of laboratory protocols for all procedures
    • Perform routine maintenance on immunohistochemistry, imaging, and other laboratory equipment
    • Assist in organizing work and storage space and general lab upkeep
    • Perform routine and specialized histology support as needed
    • Perform other duties, as assigned

    In order to meet coverage requirements and provide excellent service to our investigators, this position will work during hours scheduled between 8.30 pm to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.


    NOTE: This is a temporary position for a well trained histotechnician.


    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:


    The minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree with 3-4 years of relevant Histology/Pathology experience. HT or HTL (ASCP) Certification plus one additional certification in immunohistochemistry, molecular pathology, necropsy, digital image analysis or demonstrate mastery of technique. Advanced knowledge in imaging, microscopy and image analysis.


    This position will work hours scheduled between 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.


    The successful technologist must be able to work accurately and efficiently, be detail oriented, and work both independently and within a group. Strong 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 incumbent must be flexible and skilled at organizing and prioritizing tasks. Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Internet Explorer is desirable.

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