• Research Histotechnologist I

    Job ID
    Regular Part-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Clinical Research Support Services
  • Overview

    Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

    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.


    This is a part-time position, 15 hours per week. 


    • Visualize, identify and verify specimen (type) and specimen IDs, accession (log-in), and correctly label slides and cassettes (using both an automated and non-automated system)
    • Understand, safely use, recycle, dispose of and store (in appropriate flammable cupboards) all histology reagents and supplies
    • Recognize and understand basic science, research histology, pathology, and medical terminology
    • Demonstrate appropriate use of basic science, histology, pathology, and medical terminology
    • Apply knowledge to identify terms encountered in the research histology, pathology, and medical field
    • Demonstrate effective communication with others in the basic science, research and medical community
    • Organize and track specimens, histology slides, paraffin and OCT blocks
    • Gross and fix tissue (s) in correct fixative (formalin), Methacarn, Carnoy’s 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
    • 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
    • Perform manual and automated hematoxylin and eosin staining and basic special stains
    • Inventory, maintain, and order supplies, as necessary
    • Perform calculations to prepare reagents from detailed laboratory procedures and document that quality control standards are being met
    • Aliquot reagents, antibodies, buffers etc.
    • Accurately operate all histology equipment
    • Accurately write and use protocols and programs for tissue processing and basic staining
    • Perform basic imaging and image management
    • Preventative maintenance and cleaning of all histology equipment and including microscopes
    • Participate in group meetings with laboratory staff and researchers to discuss experimental design that will meet research goals
    • Safely perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment, including the microtome, cryostat, freezer, and tissue processor and other histology equipment
    • Assist in organizing work and storage space and in general lab maintenance
    • Hand out projects
    • Understand theories and concepts of antibodies and immunohistochemistry and other detection methods
    • Assist in the design and writing of laboratory protocols for all procedures
    • Assist/independently construct tissue array and/or tissue microarray (TMA) construction (manual, semi-auto or automated systems)
    • Help with process improvement
    • Operate LIS/LIMS system e.g. electronic specimen log-in and billing and other software/tools
    • Perform other duties, as assigned



    • Bachelor’s degree and HT/HTL certification by a nationally recognized certifying agency, such as the American Society of Clinical Pathology
    • Ability to work accurately and efficiently, be detail-oriented, and work both independently and within a group
    • Ability to work positively in a customer focused environment
    • Good troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer, and digital pathology
    • Must flexible and skilled at organizing and prioritizing tasks


    • Experience with immunohistochemistry

    Please note - this is a part-time position, 15 hours per week. 

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