Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2018-2019 "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UW Medical Center has again earned U.S. News & World Report's No. 1 hospital ranking in Washington State and in the Seattle metropolitan area. It is the seventh consecutive year that UWMC has achieved both distinctions.UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.Our Anatomic Pathology Department has an outstanding opportunity for an ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY TECHNOLOGIST.UW Medicine Pathology provides clinical services in all areas of pathology, providing diagnostic procedures and analysis for more than 80,000 cases a year. We provide comprehensive diagnostic and personalized consultative services to physicians, community hospitals, independent laboratories and other health-care organizations, by combining sophisticated testing and informatics capabilities of fully accredited laboratories with the resources of an academic and teaching institution in its delivery of pathology services.The team at UW Medicine Pathology is committed to providing timely and accurate diagnosis of biopsies and other material by highly qualified faculty, skilled technicians and dedicated staff members. Our expert consultation services feature proven diagnostic protocols, innovative technology and exemplary customer service. Our operations are based at the UW School of Medicine, UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Pathology faculty members also serve at Seattle Children's, VA Puget Sound Health System, Northwest Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. These collaborative efforts have generated innovative studies in the basic mechanisms of disease applied to diagnostic pathology - the foundation of our cutting edge research discoveries, and of our training programs for graduate students, residents and fellows. UW Medicine Pathology is one of the top ranked research departments in the country. Under the general supervision of the Histology Supervisor, the licensed Histotechnologist is to perform histotechnology procedures of processing, embedding, cutting, mounting, and staining of tissue specimens for evaluation and diagnosis by Pathologists; to perform immunohistochemistry; to perform specialized procedures in renal histopathology; to perform basic special stains and prepare solutions as needed; to use, care and maintain histology instruments; to perform quality control and quality assurance; to perform research and development of new procedures. Reviews and evaluates results of testing performed and informs supervisor, director and staff of any technical problems. Independently monitors reagent use and prepares appropriate volumes needed, records daily instrument temperatures and performs preventative maintenance on instruments according to prescribed protocols. Successfully navigates the network computer to accession research cases, order lab tests, review work lists and provide case status to inquiring pathologists and clinicians. May perform procedures in various services of anatomic pathology such as histology and gross room. Additional duties include:1. Preparation of tissueExamine biopsy material, dissect and process tissue into epoxy locksRecord patient data in logbook and PowerPath Computer system.2. Sectioning of embedded tissueCut and stain 1 micron thick sectionsExamine slides for orientation and qualityCut 0.1 micron thin-sections and stain for electron microscopyMonitor and perform quality control of specimensDetermine disposition of improperly handled specimens. Identify problems and take corrective action, notify supervisor of action taken and monitor follow-up solutions.3. Electron microscopy of sectionsExamine section for orientation and cleanlinessPhotograph selected cell structures for diagnosisPerform non-routine procedures for electron microscopy 4. Special proceduresWork with clinicians and researchers for specific processing,sectioning and microscopy requestsPerform calibrated measurements on selected micrograph structuresMaintain safe working environment by following all safety regulations.Develop and assess the impact of new procedures in the laboratory, implement and evaluate requirements to comply with College of American Pathologists standards.5. Assist staff, residents in use of electron microscopeProvide information to outside laboratories and physicians6. Instrument knowledge Operation and maintenance of tissue processor, knife maker, and miscellaneous laboratory equipmentUse of the ultramicrotome and its routine maintenance.Change/Clean filaments and align electron microscope.7. Miscellaneous proceduresPreparation of stains, reagents such as osmium tetroxide, lead citrate, uranyl acetate, electron microscopy fixatives, and epoxy embedding media. Label and file the blocks and gridsPerform related duties as required.8. Contribute to a pleasant working atmosphere REQUIREMENTS:A Bachelor's Degree with coursework in chemistry, biology and other biological sciences including microscopy AND certification, or certified within two years of date of hire, at the Technologist level by a nationally recognized certifying agency such as the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists or the Microscopy Society of America AND one year of clinical anatomic laboratory experienceOREquivalent education/experienceDESIRED:B.S. degree in Biology or Chemistry,Four years of laboratory experience or equivalent education and experience that includes:Strong background in biology, chemistry and histology. Demonstrates general knowledge of cell structure in a variety of cell and tissue types.Biochemical background is essential for evaluating new fixatives and techniques for developing new diagnostic applications for electron microscopy.Ability to sustain concentration, attention to detail and precise manual dexterity is required.The position requires the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with individuals and groups, to contribute to positive working relationships and collaborative teamwork with all disciplines and departments, and flexibility with change.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.