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Job Description

Job Title: Histotechnician/Histotechnologist
Job ID: 848060036
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Varies
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: Histology Lab
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


UPMC Presbyterian is hiring a full-time Histotechnician or Histotechnologist to support the Histology Lab! This role will be scheduled daylight shifts with variable start times between 3:00am and 7:00am and rotating on-call holiday responsibilities.

The Histology Lab is a high-volume, fast-paced facility where you will have the opportunity to make an impact on life-changing medicine. This lab offers an encouraging and positive work environment, a collaborative team that works close together, and opportunities for engagement, growth, and recognition.

UPMC is Pennsylvania’s largest nongovernmental employer with endless opportunities. We offer a competitive benefits package, a generous sign-on bonus to those who qualify at the Histotechnician/Histotechnologist level and have a career ladder in place that provides opportunities for lab associates to enjoy more professional challenges, promotional opportunities, and career enhancement! Apply today to find out where your career can take you!

Histotechnician/Histotechnologist Sign-On Bonus Details:
$12,500 for a 3 year commitment

Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education. The Histotechnologist role starts at $20.71/hr.


Process and prepare various types of tissue samples using a variety of techniques in a clinical laboratory.

  • Demonstrate complete knowledge of CoPath related to Histology workflow.
  • Comply with all UPMC and departmental policies, procedures, and work practices.
  • Demonstrates progression of skills towards working independently in an advanced staining area.
  • Perform ancillary or miscellaneous tasks such as filing, cleaning, and stocking supplies.
  • Perform QC checks at each phase of processing/staining.
  • Process and prepare surgical and autopsy tissue specimens for embedding, cutting, staining and coverslipping.  
  • Embed and cut specialized tissue based on location including minute biopsy protocols.
  • Supports academic mission of department.
  • Ensures all tissues are embedded and cut according to department specific protocols with proper orientation and complete sections including no folds, chatter, artifacts or floaters.
  • Accurately prepares slides for microtomy using the barcode label in order to maintain correct patient identification throughout the process.
  • Maintain instruments following quality control specifications and daily maintenance protocols.


  • High school diploma. 
  • Completion of the educational requirements needed to take the Histotechnician (HT) exam:
    • Successful completion of a NAACLS accredited HT program within the last 5 years OR;
    • Associate's Degree or at least 60 semester hours of academic credit from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 12 semester hours of biology and chemistry. 
  • 1 year of clinical laboratory experience post-training is preferred.
  • Completion of the educational requirements needed in order to take the Histotechnologist (HTL) certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP):
    • B.S. Degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours of biology and chemistry AND successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnician or Histotechnology program within the last 5 years OR;
    • B.S. Degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry AND one year full time acceptable experience in a histopathology laboratory in the U.S., Canada or a CAP/The Joint Commission (JCAHO)/AABB accredited laboratory within the last 10 years. 
  • Experience must be under the supervision of a pathologist (certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology) or an appropriately board certified medical scientist. 
  • 1 year of full time experience in a histology laboratory preferred.
Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Histotechnician (HT) or Histotechnologist (HTL) certification from the ASCP is required within 1 year of hire.
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • Act 34
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $19.17 to $31.85 / hour

Union Position: No

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