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Columbia University Laboratory Technologist in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 513015

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Medical Center

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)

Position Summary

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%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and at least three years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience. or Master's degree and at least one year experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 7 years or more of experience in histology laboratory operations preferred but lesser will be considered based on skillset.

Other Requirements

  • Any past experience in immunohistochemistry is a plus but is not required, as the facility will back up our IHC serviceduring vacations (must be willing to learn).

  • Computer skills a major plus.

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