Job Description

Job Title: Histotechnician
Job ID: 701341
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: DERM HBC
Location: 3601 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


UPMC Presbyterian is excited to be hiring a Histotechnician to help support the dermatology department located at the Falk Medical Building. This role will be scheduled varying daylight shifts.

This role includes processing tissue particularly for Mohs procedures as well as various clinical duties requiring significant patient contact.

You will also perform the fixation, embedding, microtomy, slide mounting and staining to include H&E staining, special stains, enzyme histochemical stains and immunohistochemical stains, maintain equipment and instruments used in pathology, and assists with gross pathology.

Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education. 

  • Adhere to established laboratory and hospital policies in areas of procedures, methods, quality control, quality assurance, safety, compliance and personnel policies.
  • Demonstrate dependability, reliability, and independent judgment recognizing priorities to accommodate department needs and acceptance of appropriate authority.
  • Enter pertinent histology laboratory data into the computerized data collection program.
  • Interact with all laboratory customers courteously and professionally; respond to telephone inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Maintain instruments following quality control, daily maintenance protocols and troubleshooting when necessary.
  • Monitor and maintain supplies for those functions for which the position is responsible; use materials and reagents in a cost-effective manner.
  • Perform a variety of special stains in addition to the routine hematoxylin and eosin stains; prepare specimens for special procedures, such as for muscle and nerve histochemistry.
  • Perform immunohistochemical staining procedures on routine and processed and frozen tissue. 
  • Prepare both paraffin embedded tissues and frozen tissues on routine surgical and consult specimens. 
  • Perform microtomy on paraffin embedded tissue and frozen tissues in slide preparation for immunohistochemical procedures.
  • Prepare reagents, solutions, and stains as needed according to specific instructions and labels appropriately.
  • Process and prepare surgical and autopsy tissue specimens for cutting, mounting and staining, etc., for review by the staff pathologist. 
  • Perform limited gross pathology. 
  • Prepare a quality laboratory product in a professional manner consistent with the System's aim of quality service to our patients in accordance with all CAP and JCAHO guidelines.
  • Utilize the Pathology Information System efficiently to generate work lists and labels and to improve the workflow.
  • Rooming patients, and obtaining vital signs.
  • Providing wound care, and simple dressing changes. 


  • Associates degree in Chemistry, Biology, or Laboratory Science, 
  • or completion of training in a certified program in Histotechnology, 
  • or completion of training in an approved on the Job Training program. 
  • Ability to be trained in and operate laboratory information systems is required. 
  • Biology background is necessary.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Histology Technician (ASCP) or equivalent preferred.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification preferred
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $17.11 to $28.43

Union Position: No

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