The Histotechnologist is accountable for the histology handling/storing of irreplaceable clinical trial specimens. The Histotechnologist supports the various teams of the Specimen Management Center and is a liaison between Specimen Management and others departments. The Histotechnologist will actively liaise with the CCLS project management team, Investigator Support Team and client to resolve and clarify questions and/ or issues related to management and preparation of the histology samples.
- Essential Job Duties:
♦ Specific department duties as set forth in the task list and/or department training checklists including but not limited to:
- Utilize knowledge and experience with histology samples to maintain proper storage conditions and facilitate accessioning of blocks and slides (stained and unstained).
- Routine decalcification, processing, embedding, microtomy and re-embedding of human tissue specimens from patients enrolled in clinical trials.
- Perform Immunohistochemistry and FISH testing according to protocols and SOPs.
- Perform slide scanning as required and according to protocols.
- Ensure that Special Handling specimens are picked up from the appropriate area, sorted, accessioned, pre-scanned and registered into the appropriate temperature bins in a timely fashion.
- Generation and application of specialized labels to include aliquot and/or mini labels with client specific elements.
♦ General duties including but not limited to:
- Resolve pendings. Retrieve and check specimens against pending list. Document specimen discrepancies. Notify laboratory management when specimen discrepancies are not resolved.
- Prepare workstation, instrumentation and maintenance on instruments and/or equipment daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. Ability to adequately maintain accurate records and both adhere to Standard Operating Procedures:
o Calibrate instruments, verification of temperature, and logging of data as required.
o Ensure that maintenance is performed and documented according to SOP.
o Perform basic instrument and/or equipment troubleshooting.
o Document corrective actions for unusual occurrences.
o Notify management when an instrument and/or equipment does not meet specifications.
o Ability to use different application software.
o Document quality control results.
Bachelor’s degree in biological, chemical, physical, agricultural or pharmaceutical sciences from an accredited college or university.
• Licensed clinical laboratory technician or licensed health laboratory technician.
At least 1 year previous experience in histology laboratory.
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