The Laboratory of Pathology (LP) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking an ASCP-certified Cytotechnologist. The LP Cytopathology Section maintains specialized diagnostic services for all patients admitted to the Clinical Center and patients followed under protocols from all the Institutes of the NIH and conducts research on cancer and other human diseases using human and animal tissues and cells. The incumbent will be responsible for performing a variety of functions both clinical service and experimental as they relate to the cytologic diagnosis of cancer and other diseases.
The candidate should be able to operate independently in the clinical Cytopathology Section (laboratory), insuring the smooth and efficient flow of patient specimens through accessioning, preparation, screening evaluation and reporting of results. The cytotechnologist will examine and evaluate a variety of preparations of patient material to determine the presence or absence of nuclear and cytoplasmic abnormalities indicative of malignancy and other diseases. When STAT specimens (which require immediate attention) are received from the operating room, radiology, clinics or inpatient wards, the incumbent will monitor the preparation and handling of the case and ensure that the case is received in a timely manner by the cytopathologist.
The candidate will assist in fine needle aspirations performed throughout the hospital by preparing smears which in some cases are immediately examined by the cytotechnologists on site (rapid on-site evaluation or ROSE). Decisions regarding the number of aspiration passes performed in some cases are made based on the cytotechnologist’s evaluation (ROSE) of the smears. The candidate will be required to exercise judgment as well as will also be required to have specific expertise to determine the adequacy of the specimen and must be familiar with the cytomorphologic patterns of normal body sites/organs and abnormalities which can affect the tissues and organs. The incumbent must be able to recognize findings which indicate a possible infectious etiology and then in some cases reserve material for microbiological work-up.
In addition to accessioning, specimen preparation, screening evaluation and reporting, the candidate will perform quality control and instrument preventive maintenance in accordance with laboratory procedures and regulatory standards. As workload permits, the cytotechnologist will perform other duties, special projects and support the Section’s basic/translational/clinical research as directed by the Section technical director.
Please forward your resume and letter of interest to:
Michael Newford MBA, HTL(ASCP)
Laboratory of Pathology, NCI
National Institutes of Health
10 Center Drive, Rm 2S235
Bethesda Maryland 20892-1500
Baccalaureate degree in Cytotechnology, Basic Sciences or other related field. Additionally, Certification in Cytotechnology by a certification agency approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Internal Number: 030520192
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