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Laboratory Technologist

Company: Columbia University
Location: New York
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

  • Requisition no: 513015
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Medical Center
  • School/Department: Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Grade: Technical Grade 6
  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)

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. 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, 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 as well as 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 be highly skilled as a histotechnologist and be 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 annotation of 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 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 life sciences or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 7 years or more of experience in histology laboratory operations preferred but lesser will be considered based on skillset.

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).

  • Computer skills a major plus.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

Applications open: Feb 23 2021 Eastern Standard Time Applications close:

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Keywords: Columbia University, New York , Laboratory Technologist, Other , New York, New York

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