Histology Technician

Kaiser Permanente Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 months ago


The purpose of the position is to assist the pathologists by supplying diagnostic material by both routine and special procedures to enable the pathologists to provide diagnostic interpretation.

Essential Functions:

  • Process specimens according to established protocols. Document activities as indicated. Operate instruments according to intended purpose and documented procedures. Perform instrument maintenance as required by the manufacturer. Maintain records of maintenance as directed by accrediting and certifying agencies and their designees.

  • Follow all safety guidelines and cautions. Handle potentially infectious or hazardous materials cautiously. Use personal protective equipment as directed. Follow reagent identification and traceability protocols.

  • Embed tissue in paraffin. Must be able to identify if properly oriented. Understand that correct orientation of specimen is critical to diagnosis.

  • Prepare 2-8 micron sections depending upon tissue type and/or test required. Assure patient identification and traceability standards are met. Must be able to recognize if cut section is representative of tissue present in the block. Also able to recognize tumor is left for diagnostic review. Document activities as directed. Control quality of hematoxylin and eosin staining. Document QC activities with accuracy.

  • Perform automated and manual special stains for identification of specific cell components. Perform enzyme histochemistry testing. Operate and maintain instrumentation. Also encompasses the knowledge of chemistry to prepare and/or titration of reagents. Able to recognize, differentiate and develop cell components so that the stain will be of diagnostic value. Review slides and verify acceptable stain quality prior to distribution. Must be able to investigate problems with the procedure or instrumentation.

  • Perform immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization procedures which involves working with antibodies that may be infectious. Operate and maintain instrumentation. Operate micropipettes to achieve appropriate dilutions. Must be able to prepare serial dilutions to establish appropriate dilution factors. Review slides and verify acceptable stain quality prior to distribution. Must be able to investigate problems with the procedure or instrumentation.

  • May perform technical components of Mohs procedure under direction and supervision of a surgeon.

  • Advise laboratory assistants; provide direction and troubleshooting assistance with labeling, filing, slide distribution, workload tally, instrument operation and maintenance and reagent maintenance. Training responsibility.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Two (2) years of experience in a technical role in a histology laboratory or completion of an accredited histology training program prior to, or within 6 months of application.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.

License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

Additional Requirements:

  • Completion of an accredited histology training program within six (6) months of application.

  • Working knowledge of histology functions including embedding, routine H&E, special stains and immunohistochemistry.

  • Familiar with manual and semi-automated microtome and cryostat.

  • Able to perform basic tasks done in the Histology department.

  • Demonstrated verbal and written command of the English language.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

  • Demonstrated ability to function as part of a team.

  • Working knowledge of computer applications.

  • Demonstrated customer service focused skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform multiple tasks in a limited time frame.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two (2) or more years of technical histology experience within two (2) years of application.

  • HT (ASCP), MLT (ASCP) certification with histology experience.

  • Associate's degree in chemistry or health science field.

  • Excellent knowledge and practice of histology functions including routine H&E, special stains, and immunohistochemistry.

  • Strong embedding, microtomy and histology techniques.

  • Strong verbal and written command of the English language.

  • Demonstrated ability to function collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Strong computer skills.

  • Strong customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks in a limited time frame to meet deadlines.

  • Self-motivated, reliable, accountable.

Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Airport Way Regional Laboratory 13705 NE Airport W Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: OFNHP - Technical Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Laboratory Department: Airport Way Regional Laboratory Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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Histology Technician

Kaiser Permanente