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%)
Bachelor's degree in life sciences or related fields.
7 years or more of experience in histology laboratory operations preferred but lesser will be considered based on skillset.
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.
Internal Number: 513015
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