Job Description

Job Title: Histotechnician
Job ID: 752250
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours: 5:00 a.m, to 2:30 p.m.
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC East
Department: Pathology Lab
Location: 2775 Mosside Blvd, Monroeville PA 15146


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 assist with gross pathology.

  • 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 Joint Commission guidelines.
  • Utilize the Pathology Information System efficiently to generate work lists and label and to improve the workflow.


  • Associates degree in Chemistry, Biology or Laboratory Science preferred. 
  • 2 years clinical experience preferred. 
  • Medical terminology knowledge and Anatomic Pathology Information System experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Histology Technician (ASCP) or equivalent preferred.
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

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

Salary Range: $15.52 to $25.35 / hour

Union Position: No

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