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Histotechnician – AHDC Anatomic Pathology
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, seeks a mission-focused and team-oriented Histology Technician.
Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is a high visibility and high-volume veterinary diagnostic laboratory that promotes the health, productivity, and welfare of food-and fiber-producing animals, companion animals, and zoo and wildlife populations. Through its comprehensive veterinary diagnostic services, the AHDC detects animal diseases and supports animal and public health, promotes environmental stewardship, and fosters economic growth.
Anatomic Pathology (AP) offers comprehensive diagnostic services including post-mortem examination, histopathology, biopsy evaluation, and diagnostic immunohistochemistry and in-situ hybridization. They expertly process and evaluate specimens from a wide range of species at the request of veterinarians to aid in the identification of injury and disease that can threaten the life of a single animal or an entire population.
The Histology Technician supports Anatomic Pathology services by performing high quality and detailed specimen processing to prepare submissions for clinical evaluation. The successful candidate enjoys working on routine tasks where they readily identify and troubleshoot problems using standard operating procedures. They are extremely reliable and are flexible in dealing with unpredictable workloads in a team-based environment.
What you will do:
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
- Perform routine histopathology specimen processing procedures; evaluate customer requests; carry out trimming, processing, embedding, sectioning, and staining of tissues while demonstrating a strong knowledge of anatomy to differentiate organs and tissue types from various animal species.
- Prepare and perform routine Hematoxylin and Eosin (H&E) stains, in addition to a catalog of special stains.
- Practice good biosecurity techniques; follow established procedures for decontamination of work surfaces and equipment; appropriately dispose of medical and chemical waste.
- Perform routine lab maintenance to support daily operation and to keep workspaces organized and safe; assist with inventory maintenance and stocking of supplies.
- Operate and maintain laboratory equipment; troubleshoot to effectively resolve issues.
- Utilize various software programs and databases to perform job responsibilities, including the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
- Participate in laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QC) processes as appropriate.
Employees of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center must adhere to the AHDC Quality Assurance system, confidentiality statement, standard operating procedures, and organizational policies. Employees are expected to meet all of the Cornell University Staff Skills for Success, which are essential for individual and organizational success.
Employees working in the lab must receive the pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis vaccination series prior to or immediately after hire, which will be paid for by the department.
T he normal schedule for this position is Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:00pm, for a total of 39 hours per week.
Specific schedules may change to meet the needs of the business, requiring employees to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, University holidays and scheduled breaks.
This is a three- year term position; reappointment will be contingent upon funding and performance.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
What you have:
- Associate’s degree in a science related field, with up to two years of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Sound reasoning and analytical skills
- Proficiency with standard commercial software (Microsoft Office), with the ability to learn new software quickly
- Experience adhering to safety standards, to include practicing Universal Precautions and safe handling of potentially infectious materials
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
- Ability to maintain strong working relationships while meeting individual and unit goals in accordance with the broader mission
- Works well both independently and within a team environment
- Excellent self-management practices to successfully organize competing priorities to meet deadlines
- Strong attention to accuracy and detailed record keeping, with the ability to perform laboratory procedures with precision and efficiency
- Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information with tact and discretion
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time at benches, biological safety cabinets or while using laboratory equipment.
- Ability to push, pull, lift, or carry up to 50 pounds
If you have all those things, great! Here are some preferred qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology
- Histotechnician (HT) or Histotechnologist (HTL) ASCP certification
- NYS Clinical Laboratory Technician or Clinical Laboratory Technologist licensure
- Experience working with animal specimens
- Two years of experience working in a diagnostic or research histopathology laboratory
- Strong background in anatomy
What’s in it for you:
- We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
- Cornell’s benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
- Cornell’s leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break from December 25 through January 1.
- Cornell’s impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance program.
- Cornell has been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, follow the link: Benefits at Cornell.
Working at the College of Veterinary Medicine also comes with an active Staff Council dedicated to improving the work environment and an overall welcoming community interested in helping its members be successful.
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$20.79 – $22.98
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