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Lab Technologist I

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lab Technologist I

  • 531101
  • Medical Center
  • Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Nov 15 2022
  • Technical Grade 8
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $78,196.71-$78,196.71

Position Summary

The Molecular Pathology Shared Resource (MPSR) of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) of Columbia University whose aim is to enable cancer and related tissue-based research is seeking a Lab Technologist I. The individual will be responsible for all routine aspects of the histology service of the MPSR. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Receiving instructions from clients as to their requests, and performance of routine histology services from grossing, to processing, to embedding, cutting, and staining of tissues (routine and specialized).
  • Cutting and staining frozen tissues.
  • Responsible for the construction of tissue microarray, performing tissue microdissection, and supervising and training less experienced staff.
  • Tasked with ordering supplies, maintaining equipment and related laboratory records, performing billing and recording functions as needed in the laboratory as well as quality assurance-related activities.
  • Extensive experience and highly skilled as a histotechnologist and willing to assume responsibility and managerial functions as needed, (all other outlined tasks will be trained if unfamiliar).
  • Assist in Tissue Banking operations including procuring, processing, storing, and annotating tissues, and logging to the database and other Tumor Bank-related operations including tissue retrieval and return.

Essential functions (list in order of importance, includes a percentage of effort):

  • Embedding & cutting of paraffin blocks & frozen sections (50%)
  • Routine staining and cover slipping (10%)
  • Assist tissue bank in specimen accession, organization, operations, and computer-related annotation (10%)
  • Preparation of laboratory reagents & solutions according to detailed instructions (5%)
  • Follow detailed instructions pertaining to research protocol (10%)
  • Interact with research personnel & laboratory associates relating to laboratory operations (10%)
  • Perform other related duties necessary to the functioning of the laboratory and related research projects (5%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or related health science field; plus 6 years of related experience, or equivalent in work experience and education. 
  • Must hold one of the following licenses: Clinical Laboratory Technologists, Clinical Laboratory Technicians or Certified Histological Technicians. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • HT/HTL (ASCP) registered or registration eligible.
  • Demonstrate excellent microtomy both on paraffin and frozen section.

Other Requirements

  • Any past experience in immunohistochemistry is a plus but is not required, as the facility will back up our IHC service.
    during vacations (must be willing to learn).
  • Assist as needed in our slide digitalization service.
  • Computer skills are a major plus.

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