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Company: Kelly Services
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Recruitment Agency, Staffing, Job Board


Histotechnologist – Los Angeles, CA

Schedule/Shift: 2nd shift, Mon.-Fri., 1:30/2:30pm - 10:30/11:00pm

Summary: 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.

Job Duties:

  • 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.

o Perform proficiency testing survey as patient specimens.

  • Reagents, material and supplies monitoring:

o Order, receive, open and place in service all reagents/material according to SOPs. o Document implementation of new reagents/material according to SOPs.

o Perform lot-to-lot comparison according to SOPS.

o Perform inventory and checks of reagents/material.

  • Adheres to all company policies and procedures and performs all departmental and interdepartmental SOP's as written.
  • Adheres to safety and occupational health policies and standards.


  • Responsible for maintaining his/her complete up-to-date training file, and is accountable for correcting any deficiencies found in his/her training file.
  • Responsible for ensuring he/she is trained and training is documented prior to perform a task.
  • Successfully completes, as scheduled, competency assessment, and ensures competency testing documentation is provided to management for review.
  • May assist in training of new employees and follow-up to ensure training is understood.
  • Generates an appropriate audit trail of all activities and maintains own training file and required documentation.


  • Able to work in a team as well as independently
  • Dynamic attitude and ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to take up challenges
  • Strong detail orientation
  • Strong verbal and written communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to use several software packages i.e., Word, Excel, Visio
  • Ability to adequately maintain accurate records and both adhere to and author Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Able to troubleshoot problems with automated histological equipment.
  • Requires theoretical and practical knowledge of histology and processing of human tissue specimens, including handling and storage of histology samples.
  • Must have the knowledge of molecular histology and techniques, including immunohistochemistry and FISH.
  • Must be familiar with labeling and accessioning procedures and tracking of paraffin tissue blocks and slides.

Education/Qualifications/Certifications and Licenses:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry AND successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnician or Histotechnology program within the last 5 years


  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours(45 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry AND one year full time acceptable experience in histopathology laboratory in the U. S., Canada, or a CAP/(JCAHO) accredited laboratory within the last ten years. This year of experience must be under the supervision of a pathologist or an appropriately board certified medical scientist.


  • 60 semester hours from an accredited institution that include the following:
  1. 12 semester hours of biology courses, which are pertinent to the medical sciences
  2. 12 semester hours of chemistry (at least 6 semester hours of Inorganic Chemistry)
  • One year documented laboratory training or experience in histopathology or an accredited laboratory within the last ten years


  • Associates degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 12 semester hours in biology and chemistry
  • One year documented laboratory training or experience in histopathology or an accredited laboratory within the last ten years


  • High School diploma with at least 6 years of histopathology experience and possesses the ASCP HT certification.

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