Covance Histotechnologist - 5K Sign On and Relo! - Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California

Job Overview

Covance is hiring a Histotech to join their global team in Los Angeles, CA!

$5,000 Sign On Bonus, Relocation and Tuition Reimbursement!

If you have a HT or HTL and ASCP Certification along with 2 plus years of experience using autostainers to perform routine IHC staining with preferred experience validating nad optimizing IHC assays, this is a great way to g row your career and work with top talent in your field with an industry leader!

The Histotechnologist is accountable for the histology handling/storing of irreplaceable clinical trial specimens. The Histotechnologist supports the various teams of the Specimen Management Center and is a liaison between Specimen Management and others departments. The Histotechnologist will actively liaise with the CCLS project management team, Investigator Support Team and client to resolve and clarify questions and/ or issues related to management and preparation of the histology samples.

Specific department duties as set forth in the task list and/or department training checklists including but not limited to:

• Utilize knowledge and experience with histology samples to maintain proper storage conditions and facilitate accessioning of blocks and slides (stained and unstained).

• Routine decalcification, processing, embedding, microtomy and re-embedding of human tissue specimens from patients enrolled in clinical trials.

• Perform Immunohistochemistry testing according to protocols and SOPs.

• Perform slide scanning as required and according to protocols.

• Ensure that Special Handling specimens are picked up from the appropriate area, sorted, accessioned, pre-scanned and registered into the appropriate temperature bins in a timely fashion.

• Generation and application of specialized labels to include aliquot and/or mini labels with client specific elements.

♦ General duties including but not limited to:

• Resolve pendings. Retrieve and check specimens against pending list. Document specimen discrepancies. Notify laboratory management when specimen discrepancies are not resolved.

• Prepare workstation, instrumentation and maintenance on instruments and/or equipment daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. Ability to adequately maintain accurate records and both adhere to Standard Operating Procedures:

o Calibrate instruments, verification of temperature, and logging of data as required.

o Ensure that maintenance is performed and documented according to SOP.

o Perform basic instrument and/or equipment troubleshooting.

o Document corrective actions for unusual occurrences.

o Notify management when an instrument and/or equipment does not meet specifications.

o Ability to use different application software.

o Document quality control results.

o Perform proficiency testing survey as patient specimens.

• Reagents, material and supplies monitoring:

o Order, receive, open and place in service all reagents/material according to SOPs.

o Document implementation of new reagents/material according to SOPs.

o Perform lot-to-lot comparison according to SOPS.

o Perform inventory and checks of reagents/material.

• Adheres to all company policies and procedures and performs all departmental and interdepartmental SOP’s as written.

• Adheres to safety and occupational health policies and standards.

♦ Training

  • Individual is responsible for maintaining his/her complete up-to-date training file, and is accountable for correcting any deficiencies found in his/her training file.

  • Individual is responsible for ensuring he/she is trained and training is documented prior to perform a task.

  • Individual successfully completes, as scheduled, competency assessment, and ensures competency testing documentation is provided to management for review.

  • May assist in training of new employees and follow-up to ensure training is understood.

  • Generates an appropriate audit trail of all activities and maintains own training file and required documentation.

 

Education/Qualifications

Individual must qualify as testing personnel under the following CLIA 1988 and New York State Department of Health requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry AND successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnician or Histotechnology program within the last 5 years

OR

• Bachelor’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 histopathology laboratory in the U. S., Canada, or a CAP/(JCAHO) accredited laboratory within the last ten years. This year of experience must be under the supervision of a pathologist or an appropriately board certified medical scientist.

OR

•60 semester hours from an accredited institution that include the following:

1) 12 semester hours of biology courses, which are pertinent to the medical sciences

2) 12 semester hours of chemistry (at least 6 semester hours of Inorganic Chemistry)

• One year documented laboratory training or experience in histopathology or an accredited laboratory within the last ten years

OR

• Associates degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 12 semester hours in biology and chemistry

• One year documented laboratory training or experience in histopathology or an accredited laboratory within the last ten years

OR

• High School diploma with at least 6 years of histopathology experience and possesses the ASCP HT certification.

Experience

♦1 year previous experience in histology laboratory setting unless HS educated with ASCP certification (must have 6 years histology experience).

♦ Able to work in a team as well as independently

♦ Dynamic attitude and ability to work under pressure

♦ Ability to take up challenges

♦ Strong detail orientation

♦ Strong verbal and written communication and organizational skills

♦ Ability to use several software packages i.e., Word, Excel, Visio

♦ Ability to adequately maintain accurate records and both adhere to and author Standard Operating Procedures.

♦ Able to troubleshoot problems with automated histological equipment.

♦ Requires theoretical and practical knowledge of histology and processing of human tissue specimens, including handling and storage of histology samples.

♦ Candidate must have the knowledge of molecular histology and techniques, including immunohistochemistry (IHC) and FISH.

♦ Candidate must be familiar with labeling and accessioning procedures and tracking of paraffin tissue blocks and slides.

Job Number 2018-18511

Job Category Medical Technologist

Position Type Full-Time

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