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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Histotechnologist II in Boston, Massachusetts

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Histotechnologist II

Department Description:Opportunity to work in a state of the art histology laboratory in a Harvard University teaching hospital. Experience and ability to demonstrate all technical aspects of general histology including sectioning all types of tissue including 2 and 3 micron biopsies.

The Department of Pathology is integrally involved with the diagnosis of cancer and other major medical conditions through the gross and microscopic examination of tissue samples obtained from surgical procedures and endoscopy (Anatomic Pathology).

Our department also provides clinical laboratory services to the hospital as well as consult services in the areas of clinical chemistry, hematopathology, microbiology, and transfusion medicine (Clinical Pathology)

The hours of this position are Tuesday to Saturday 6AM - 230PM EST.


• As part of an unprecedented organizational initiative, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is now offering up to $7,000 in sign on bonuses for select leadership positions in the Pathology Department.


• Sign on bonuses are paid out in two payments. You will receive your first payment (half of the total amount) within the first 30 days of employment and is subject to applicable taxes. You will receive the second payment (remaining balance) at six (6) months following your start date and is subject to applicable taxes.

• Full time status at BIDMC is considered for schedules greater than or equal to 30 hours per week; part time status is 20 to 29 hours per week. Please note, per diem employees are not eligible for sign on bonuses.

• Current and Former BILH candidates - restrictions apply. BIDMC Internal employees or employees within the BILH system are not eligible for the bonus or if you have been employed by a BILH entity within the last 12 months.

• Please note, sign on bonuses are subject to change based on the organization’s hiring needs and will be determined by Talent Acquisition on an ongoing basis. BILH/BIDMC Talent Acquisition reserves the right to change sign on bonus eligible jobs and amounts at any time.

Job Location:Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID:47606BR

Job Summary:Prepares and performs various staining techniques on all immunohistochemistry testing in Histology. Focuses on immunochemistry tasks. This includes processing patient surgical pathology specimens to paraffin, embed tissue in paraffin, paraffin blocks using microtomes, stain prepared tissue, coverslip slides, and assess stains and sections microscopically for quality.

Validates and optimizes new or replaced antibodies according to lab policy and assures quality control of all cases stained.

May be required to be liason in absence of Supervisor and lead the team. Will be expected to communicate directly with Supervisor on issues requiring any policy change or result delays or quality of result concerns.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • All immunohistochemical staining is stained daily using approved automated stainers and in accordance with lab policy control material is stained at the same time the case is to assure quality staining.

Validation and optimization of new antibodies and procedures is run according to approved lab policy and CAP guidelines daily.

  • Maintains quality control of antibodies and validates new lots Follows Standard Operating Procedures, prepare stains and solutions, stain prepared tissue (including frozen section slides and cytology 'Cytospin' preparations) by using routine, special stains.

  • Maintains approved laboratory standards. Slides are coverslipped, and evaluated microscopically for the quality of stains and sections.

  • Troubleshoots maintain equipment for proper functioning and supply inventories, and notify managers when supplies are low. They store supplies after delivery and maintain clean work.

  • Liasse with Histology Lab participate in inter-shift coverage for time off, emergencies, and staffing problems.

  • Prepare cases for pathologists' review, and maintain extensive files of blocks and slides to assure accuracy and to assure quality control is in place according to policy and lab guidelines.

  • Maintain continuing education to meet their registration requirements and developments in histology and participate in mandatory and voluntary continuing education, competency testing, and Quality Assurance.

  • Ensures recycling is collected daily as part of the Medical Center's QI initiatives and all employees must be part of the program.

  • Handles all antibodies and their necessary kits and controls and the equipment to perform these tests. Controls must be maintained and recorded along with other quality measures in accordance with department and CAP guidelines. maintain and validate adequacy for controls for all antibodies used in the lab to produce staining according to CAP guidelines and hospital protocol.

  • Assumes leadership and is liason with team in the absence of Supervisor as assigned and communicates findings or troubleshooting steps necessary to Supervisor in a timely way to assure procedures and policies are followed as written and approved.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required. Bachelor's degree preferred.

  • Registration ASCP Registered preferred.

  • 1-3 years related work experience required.

  • Immunochemistry experience.

  • Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.

  • Written Communications:Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to lead collaborative teams for larger projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have implications for the management and operations of multiple areas of the organization.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.