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Job Req ID:  10162

Histology Technician

General Summary


The Department of Pathology is seeking a casual Histology Technician that will work under the direct supervision of the Laboratory Manager, performs a variety of both routine and complex laboratory tests in accordance with established standards and procedures. Demonstrates experience with histology procedures (grossing, paraffin-embedding, sectioning and H&E staining and coverslipping. Maintaining accurate and detailed records of work performed. Ability to independently assess staining results for QC purposes. Ability to cut frozen sections. Willingness to learn TMA construction techniques.


Duties & Responsibilities


The qualified individual will be responsible for duties in the Histology area of the OTS Laboratory


  • Under the guidance of the Lead Histologist in the lab , will follow SOP’s and established  procedures to maintain the high quality results essential in a research environment
  • Perform routine research histology services including: grossing, processing, embedding, sectioning and  H&E staining and coverslipping
  • Will cut frozen sections
  • Ability to use computer software to create labels and perform billing functions.
  • Perform basic QC assessments on staining results.
  • Willingness to learn to construct Tissue Microarrays
  • Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, Performs related general duties such as ordering supplies, general lab housekeeping, and maintaining safety records.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records.  Provide accurate information on work conducted for client billing purposes.


Equipment, Machine, or Tool requirements


  • Computer experience including MS Office, database, and email. 
  • Telephone and Fax. 
  • Experience with laboratory tools and equipment.




Bachelor’s degree in related field (Clinical Laboratory Science, Biology, Chemistry, etc). An Associate’s degree from an accredited Histotechnology Certification program may be acceptable with 3 years of laboratory that includes some experience with histology.  HT (ASCP) certification preferred but not required.  May consider high school diploma with 5 years of histology, or related experience. One or more years of work experience in a laboratory environment.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities


  • Work produced is subject to precise measure of quantity and quality; Attention to detail is critical to the successful performance of this job as it directly affects research outcomes.


  • Knowledge of normal human tissue morphology is essential. Able to perform paraffin as well as frozen sectioning, H&E staining, and to recognize discrepancies and take corrective action.


  • Individual should have strong written communication and interpersonal skills.  Must have the ability to read and interpret direction, both oral and written, organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments.  Must be able to work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory.


Work Environment


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 60% of the time.   Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus.  The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment. 


  • Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope). 


  • Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed.  Must refer to and are expected to comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas.  Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to assigned work area.  Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment.  Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, and radiation protocols.  Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.


  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus).  May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is limited.


  • Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.


  • Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift.  Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. 




Classified title: Histology Technician

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/2/CE

Starting Salary Range: $18.12 - $24.92

Employee group: Casual

Schedule (hours/days): Monday-Friday, as needed

Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt

Department name: Pathology

Work Location: 411 N Caroline Street

Personnel area (School): SOM

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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