Senior Pathology Histotechnologist

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Senior Pathology Histotechnologist

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Allied Health

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 230002OB

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you wont want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Participates and helps supervise the day-to-day operations of the laboratory. Processes and prepares patient tissue according to department procedures using a wide range and depth of technical and specialized knowledge. Actively participates in continuous improvement of laboratory services to ensure high quality and timely pathology for quality diagnosis. Responsible for the implementation and success of histology and IHC techniques.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Performs tissue processing, embedding in paraffin, cutting, sectioning, and mounting on slides of routine to complex tissues (such as fatty tissues, poorly fixed tissues, etc.), following established departmental protocols, for interpretation by a pathologist.

  2. Performs routine and complex staining on various IHC platforms by following established departmental protocols. Complies with all departmental procedures and adheres to all rules and protocols.

  3. Monitors and processes the histology queue for various tasks that need to be performed and perform these tasks independently or with minimal supervision.

  4. Operates vendor software for IHC stainers, internal LIS, and workflow software.

  5. Provides day-to-day direction and guidance to Lab Techs, Histotechnicians, and Histotechnologists.

  6. Identifies and troubleshoots any problems that may adversely affect performance or quality of histology workflow or staining processes, escalating to the manager if needed.

  7. Performs QC for reagents and chemicals. Performs slide QC on routine and complex cases for all staining protocols.

  8. Troubleshoots any instrumentation errors, involving technical support and/or the manager, as needed.

  9. Sets up and completes validation/verification processes for equipment and instruments for laboratory procedures to include routine, advanced, and specialized histology and staining techniques, to also include installation, maintenance, and calibration.

  10. Provides training and competency of new employees as well as maintaining competencies on existing employees. Ensures completion of competencies, including proper documentation.

  11. Actively participates in continuous improvement of laboratory services to ensure high quality and timely pathology for quality diagnosis. Identify any issues which might adversely impact the quality of test results and/or employee safety and immediately communicate these to the appropriate management representative as necessary for prompt resolution.

  12. Responsible for managing supplies and inventory, including the ordering of supplies.

  13. Assist in writing new procedures and revising procedures.

  14. Prepares and assists with maintaining departmental readiness for CAP inspections and stay knowledgeable of the CAP Anatomic Pathology, All Common, and Laboratory General Checklists. Actively participate in the PT process, to include assigning, performing, reviewing, and submitting PT results to CAP.

  15. Supervises the management of all laboratory functions and staff in the absence of manager. Responds to emergencies and is available for phone calls/call back work, as necessary.

  16. Helps maintain blocks and slide files, as well as gross tissue storage and discarding tissue per established policy.

  17. Maintains laboratory in a clean, functional state including cleaning or performing scheduled equipment maintenance, calibrations, and certifications as required. Reviews monthly maintenance and temperature logs to further ensure compliance.

  18. Performs other job duties as assigned.


American Society of Clinical Pathologists HTL (ASCP) Certification -or-

American Society of Clinical Pathologists HT (ASCP) Certification with a minimum of 10 years of HT experience that includes previous Senior/Managerial experience.

Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC) preferred.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor¿s degree.

Minimum Experience:

Four (4) years of experience as a Histotechnologist, or Ten (10) years of experience as a Histotechnician including previous Senior/Managerial experience.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

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