Position Number: 00054807
The Division of Nephropathology is within the School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UNC-CH. The primary purposes of the Division of Nephropathology are to provide diagnostic evaluation of renal biopsy specimens, and to carry out research on the causes and natural history of native renal and renal transplant diseases including studies on mouse models. The diagnostic activities serve two roles: 1) to provide a diagnostic service to physicians and patients throughout the state and region, and 2) to obtain information and materials that are used for IRB-approved clinical and pathologic research on renal diseases.
The three coequal missions of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are to: 1) provide exceptional, comprehensive, clinically effective and cost effective pathology and laboratory medicine services to UNC HealthCare patients; 2) teach clinical and scientific concepts of pathology and laboratory medicine, and mechanisms of disease to a wide variety of learners, including medical students, postdoctoral residents, MD fellows, PhD graduate students, and undergraduate students; and 3) advance the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine, and the knowledge of diseases and disease mechanisms through innovative research spanning the spectrum from basic to translational to clinical.
The Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine performs anatomic and clinical diagnostic tests on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis, and performs autopsies, when requested by clinicians. The Department has a MD Residency Training Program in the Office of Graduate Medical Education. In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department is responsible for the teaching of undergraduate level courses. In the Graduate School, the department has a graduate program in experimental pathology which offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
This department is devoted to research in many diverse areas of expertise. Many of the research initiatives are nationally and internationally known, and the Chair is dedicated to further expansion of the breadth of the research endeavors. Most research is wholly managed and funded by contracts and grants within the Department.
The histotechnologist will have the primary purpose of performing diagnostic laboratory procedures on tissue specimens obtained from patients with renal disease (light microscopy, immunofluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy). The histotechnologist is responsible for processing, embedding, sectioning, staining and storage/retrieval of samples submitted for diagnostic testing, mainly microscopy. Job duties include cross-training in all histological techniques used by the laboratory including, but not limited to, light, electron and immunofluorescence microscopy techniques and immunohistological methodologies.
The histotechnologist will participate in training activities, establish new staining protocols (such as for immunohistochemistry), and serve as a technical resource for residents/fellows, graduate students, new staff and other scientists seeking knowledge of histologic procedures.
Work will additionally require participation in ongoing research activities, and evaluating new methods, kits, procedures and equipment, as well as quality assessment activities such as monitoring equipment, quality control and proficiency testing, general laboratory maintenance according to UNC-CH, SOM, OSHA, and other regulatory bodies, maintaining logs and laboratory operating manuals, ordering supplies and appropriately managing laboratory waste. This will include quality improvement activities and health and safety oversight for laboratory microscopy services.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in medical technology, chemistry, or a biological science; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Some positions may require compliance with current Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations.
Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Histotechnologist experience should include: microtomy, pipetting, microscopy, basic statistical analysis, computer applications and databases (Microsoft Office Excel), preparation of specimens for microscopic procedures including light, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry and some electron microscopy.
Able to work independently and collaboratively with other lab technical personnel, fellows and faculty, have attention to detail and be able to maintain laboratory equipment logs, supplies, specimen records, records of quality assurance, laboratory SOPs and follow patient record confidentiality.
Must be comfortable training students and technicians on laboratory techniques and safety processes.
Solid knowledge of general laboratory procedures and molecular techniques, including the extraction of nucleotides and PCR assays gained by at least two years of lab experience. Hands-on experience with molecular and cell biology research, and HT or HTL certification.
Carcinogen handlers (Labworkers), Evening work occasionally, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Overtime occasionally
Application Types Accepted
Applications must be received in the Department of Human Resources by the closing date to be considered. Please submit an online application for position # 00054807 at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/171302
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.