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    Summary

    This position is located within the Anatomic Pathology and Histopathology section of the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service, VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH. The Histotechnologist assumes responsibility for surgical, cytology, and autopsy specimens after they are received in the laboratory ensuring the identity of specimens is maintained throughout all stages of preparation.

    Recruitment & Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

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    Responsibilities

    THE CLOSING DATE FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED. IF YOU HAD PREVIOUSLY APPLIED, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.

    The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Receives and/or obtains specimens using appropriate techniques, maintaining proper identification;
    • Performs all elements of gross examination and sectioning of all types of surgical pathology specimens;
    • Prepares specimens for analysis according to the specifications of the procedure;
    • Handles all types of human tissue which may include; receiving, checking, accepting, timing, logging, storing and/or shipping, if necessary;
    • Provides technical guidance to ensure all tissues are properly oriented when embedding them, according to established procedures and depending on the type of specimen being prepared (e.g. shave biopsies on edge; core biopsies to demonstrate the maximum amount of tissue);
    • Accessions and prepares all cytological specimens including sputa, body secretions, fluids, ThinPreps and fine needle aspirates;
    • Prepares frozen tissue sections for special immunological studies which includes selecting, freezing, cutting (microtomy) and staining tissue and employs the cryostat;
    • Investigates and resolves problems related to surgical pathology;
    • Teaches and trains other laboratory personnel to perform stains and maintains QA files of blocks and slides needed to perform special stains in the laboratory;
    • Performs photography of gross specimens and maintains a teaching collection of gross and microscopic photographs;
    • Performs special staining which requires microscopic differentiation for acceptance, examines slides microscopically and accepts or rejects them based on proper staining reaction within the control slides;
    • Prepares all stains and chemical solutions with a competent, practical knowledge of chemistry; and
    • Performs all other duties as assigned.

    Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

    Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

    Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0601 General Health Science

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