Histotechnologist (Per Diem)

· San Diego, California
Employment Type Full-time, Permanent
Minimum Experience Experienced

Job Title: Histotechnologist

Location: San Diego, CA (Sorrento Valley)

Status: Per Diem


  • Per Diem/Casual (work on an as-needed basis)
  • The number of positions to be filled has not been identified
  • This recruitment process will be used to create an eligibility list to fill upcoming opportunities for the rest of 2021
  • Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted

This is an exciting opportunity to join a brand new, state-of the-art CLIA laboratory focused on accelerating biomarker and drug development. You will have the opportunity to use your entrepreneurial spirit and apply your knowledge/experience to operationalize the plan for the new laboratory. You will support a variety of global clients and have access to world-class equipment. The Histotechnologist is responsible for specimen processing and producing complete, reliable and accurate products to the pathologists, both internal and external.

Job Role and Responsibilities



  • Interprets physician notes and when clinical information is contradictive or missing, obtains required information.
  • Determines specimen adequacy for all histology samples.
  • Receives, accesses, or rejects all specimens by following standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
  • Performs data entry of case information into the appropriate computer system, ensuring that all identifying information is accurate and in the appropriate format.
  • Grosses, processes, embeds, cuts, stains, performs special stains, immunohistochemistry (IHC), recuts, and coverslips all specimens received into the laboratory.
  • Reviews control slides to ensure proper staining patterns.
  • Validates equipment, detection kits, antibody lots, blockers, inhibitors, control tissue and new antibodies and documents before use on any specimen.
  • Prepares stock reagents for use on manual and automated processes.
  • Reviews cases at the microscope and discusses tissue orientation requirements and diagnostic criteria with pathologist and other histotechnician(s)/histotechnologist(s) as needed.
  • Performs calibration of equipment as required.
  • Checks and monitors pH of solutions, temperatures, and room environmental conditions (e.g. humidity) on a regular basis and documents the value for each on the proper chart/log.
  • Performs and documents daily, monthly, quarterly, & annual maintenance activities.
  • Transmits clinical trial subject data via laboratory information system protocol.
  • Performs all housekeeping duties in the work area and laboratory.
  • Checks, orders, and restocks supply inventory to ensure timely processing of each specimen.
  • Participates actively in all laboratory quality management functions.
  • Assists the supervisor in the creation, revision, retirement, implementation, and annual review of SOP’s
  • Respects the confidentiality of patient records.
  • Disposes of and properly handles sharps, reagents, biological and/or hazardous waste in a manner that is consistent with laboratory, state, and federal regulations.
  • Utilizes, maintains, troubleshoots and documents equipment maintenance, according to checklist, to ensure proper performance of equipment.
  • Follows laboratory requirements to file, retain, or destroy tissue, blocks, slides, logs, and paperwork.
  • Coordinates workload to maximize productivity and quality of work based upon metrics.
  • Completes all procedures expected in the scheduled time without loss of work quality.
  • Notifies management regarding trends, changes, or problems as they occur.
  • Adheres to SOP’s, work area instructions, and policies related to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and FDA guidances and compliance requirements.
  • Follows the College of American Pathologist (CAP) requirements for performing proficiency testing and reporting results.
  • Participates in training/teaching as requested.



  • Attends meetings and participates on committees as requested.
  • Possesses high standards for organization and quality.
  • Assists with departmental projects as assigned by management.
  • Reviews current literature and attends training sessions to keep informed of new developments in the field.
  • Checks email on a regular basis, no less than daily or as directed by management.
  • Conducts business in a manner that puts the lives of our patients and the relationships with our clients as the highest priority.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as directed.


  • HT or HTL certification from the ASCP or equivalent work experience.
  • BS, BA, or AS in a laboratory science curriculum or High School Diploma/GED with equivalent work experience.
  • Meet CLIA ’88 qualifications to perform moderate and high complexity testing/gross examination as described in Sec. 493.1489 and Sec. 493.1423
  • One year of Immunohistochemistry (IHC) experience required.
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in Histology and/or IHC.
  • State licensure where required.

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  • Location
    San Diego, California
  • Employment Type
    Full-time, Permanent
  • Minimum Experience