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Histology Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 01/29/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 04/02/2018
Working Title Histology Technician
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 39067-Health Sciences Core Research Facilities
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135862
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

The successful candidate will work in a high volume Research Histology service facility that supports clinicians and faculty investigators for the University of Pittsburgh and affiliated institutions.
The technician will operate automated tissue processors and automated stainers and perform routine histological processing, cutting, and staining, Immunohistochemistry, and TUNEL stains on human and animal tissues. The staining is prepared by both manual and automated methodologies, including multiplex staining techniques. Routine and novel antibodies will be utilized requiring the ability to troubleshoot antibody optimization. Tissue cutting of frozen tissue on a cryostat and Paraffin embedded tissue on a microtome will be required. Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork will be required to work as a part of the histology team and to meet with faculty clients of the facility to understand their research needs and provide feedback on results as needed.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Degree required in Biology, Health Sciences or related field. Two years’ experience or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Associates degree or graduation from a technical training institution, an HT or HTL certification and 5 years histology experience may be substituted for education requirement.

Required Licenses/Certifications


Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

Additional time as needed

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  2. Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents