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Histopathology Technician

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Aurora , CO 80041

Posted 2 months ago

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The Histopathology Technician is assigned to the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service of the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS). The incumbent independently performs duties involving preparation of tissue specimens for diagnostic examination by pathologists for the medical center. These duties include complex and difficult histopathology preparations and are performed without direct supervision or guidance, thus requiring the incumbent to have a high level of skill and knowledge.

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The Histopathology Technician is responsible for the independent evaluation of H&E and multiple special stained slides for proper tissue preparation and staining reaction upon which diagnoses of medical diseases including cancer are made. Testing is performed on tissue from all anatomic sites of the body. Duties require understanding of the chemistry, biology, and anatomy involved.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Functions as an assistant to the Anatomic Pathologist by performing grossing of biopsy specimens. Advanced skills in specimen dissection and expert knowledge of proper orientation and appropriate tissue selection are required.

  • Performs accessioning duties, assuring that the requisitions and specimens received meet the specimen acceptance requirements.

  • Pretreatment of calcified tissues, recognizing the endpoint of decalcification.

  • Utilizes tissue processors, programming the reagent rotations to ensure optimal fixation, processing, and run completion times.

  • Embeds the processed tissues into wax molds, ensuring the proper orientation of the various types of tissue fragments within the finished tissue block.

  • Routine hematoxylin and eosin staining and special staining of surgical, autopsy, and cytology tissues utilizing both manual and automated methodologies.

  • Performance of immunohistochemical staining (IHC) procedures using specialized instrumentation.

  • Performs cytology preparations in accordance with established procedures and protocols.

  • Assists in the collection of Fine Needle Aspirates performed with or with radiologic guidance.

  • Daily maintenance and quality control activities.

  • Evaluation of equipment and procedural problems, reporting problems not immediately resolved to the Supervisor of Anatomic Pathologist or biomedical repair shop for further action.

  • Maintenance of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) inventory, ensuring all MSDS sheets are provided to the Industrial Hygienist for uploading into database.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 5:00 am - 5:30 pm (8-hour shifts between these hours)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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    0646 Pathology Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

  • Selected applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment physical.


Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g of VA Handbook 5005.)

  • English Language Proficiency. Histopathology Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Part II, chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5.a of VA Handbook 5005.

  • Experience and/or Education. One year of experience in a health care field that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work such as but not limited to a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) or health technician,

  • OR Four academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation such as biological science or chemistry;

  • OR Successful completion of two academic years of study above high school that included at least 24 semester hours in Chemistry and/or in appropriate fields of biological science and successful completion of a 12-month program of education and training in histopathology or cytotechnology,

  • OR Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Examples are listed below:

  • (a) Six months of experience in the health care field and two years of education above high school that included at least six semester hours in health care related courses such as biological science, surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or an associate's degree in a health care related field.

(b) Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or histopathology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

For GS-6 (Full Performance Level)
1.Experience (REQUIRED). One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
2.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs

  • Knowledge of professional anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.

  • Knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures, principles of performance improvement, reagent management, inventory supply systems, and document control systems.

  • Knowledge of anatomic pathology laboratory equipment and ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation.

  • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member, and effectively complete assignments.

  • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and evaluate laboratory results.

References: VA Handbook 5005. Appendix G55. Histopathology Technician GS-0646 Qualification Standard

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-6.

Physical Requirements:
The incumbent must be able to perform moderate lifting up to 20 lbs, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, walking, standing for up to 4 hours, kneeling, repeated bending, use of both arms and legs. Specific visual requirements include use of both eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted), clear, high cognitive function and emotional stability; ability to read ordinary type without strain.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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Histopathology Technician

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