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Health Network Laboratories Histotechnician in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Per Diem, Evening Shift, Variable Hours, Variable Days


Prepares surgical and autopsy specimen materials for clinical diagnosis. Assists pathologist in making various examinations on submitted specimens including all phases of varied and complex histological procedures involving relatively advanced histological work.


The purpose of this document is to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel as classified; it is not intended to serve as an inclusive list of all responsibilities associated with this position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Maintains knowledge of anatomy, pathology and medical terminology to appropriately perform job duties.

  • Identifies, prepares and processes tissue and body fluid specimens according to departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Processes tissues utilizing automated techniques according to departmental SOPs.

  • Performs various sectioning and staining techniques as dictated by type of specimen (i.e. brain, bone, kidney, etc.) utilizing proper slide positioning.

  • Performs dilutions in preparation of solutions and reagents for special stains.

  • Prioritizes/reorganizes work to respond to workload and/or STAT requests.

  • Recognizes and corrects instrument malfunctions within the scope of the operations manual and records troubleshooting activities; Includes routine maintenance and cleaning of instruments as per manufacturer guidelines.

  • Conducts established quality control and performance improvement activities.

  • Provides clinical orientation and/or training of new employees/students.

  • Participates in Service Recovery and continuing education programs, as applicable.

  • Maintains knowledge and skill related to loading processors and embedding pathology specimens.

  • Functions appropriately for on-call demands, if required.

  • Performs necessary barcoding functions.

Required Skills


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


HT (ASCP) certified OR an Associate’s degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution and one year experience in processing/embedding and microtomy in a Histopathology laboratory.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.

Math Ability:

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

Word processing, Spreadsheets, E-mail, Laboratory Information Systems

Certificates and Licenses:

Certification by a recognized certifying agency for clinical laboratory professionals preferred (ASCP, ASMT, NCA, etc.).

Required Experience