This is an Open Continuous Announcement that will be used for filling a Histopathology Technician, GS-07. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. Applicant Expiration: Applicants will remain active for 3 months after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period. Histopathology technicians typically perform procedures in preparing histologic sections requiring advanced and non-standardized techniques and procedures. The tissue may be from any part of the body and may require delicate and precise preparation. They prepare and use a variety of nonstandard or special stains, some of which require microscopic differentiation. They are responsible for cutting serial sections of complicated anatomical structures requiring precise positioning and delicate preparation. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Complies with safety, regulatory and quality assurance rules and guidelines; Receives tissues, tissue blocks and slides along with requests, verifies patient identify and type of specimen and fixative and ensures proper handling of tissues requiring special procedures; Rejects improperly submitted specimens notifying supervisor or a Pathologist for follow-up; Accession individual specimens and accurately label tissue blocks and prepared slides; Properly stores all tissues not submitted for microscopic examination; Prepares tissues for storing and/or freezing or packaging and shipping to the required consultant or agency; Independently performs special stains as requested by the staff pathologists to highlight various normal and abnormal tissue components; Demonstrates the presence or absence of pigments, minerals, and microorganisms; Independently selects the appropriate staining methods and procedures and acquires and maintains adequate control tissues for various stains; Files tissue blocks and/or slides for easy retrieval; Prepares technical adequate slides from tissue section by processing tissues biopsies, embedding tissue paraffin, cutting, staining and cover slipping; Performs microscopic evaluation of the finished product(s) for technical quality and adequacy; Independently performs procedures for cases requiring special handling or disposition to include special fixative, handling of tissue submitted for electron microscopy, immunoperoxidase studies, muscle and nerve biopsies, lymph noted biopsies, and estrogen receptor studies; Requires use of specialized equipment and special fixatives which require care in handling specimens, changing fixatives at required time intervals; Performs required preventative maintenance on an assortment of equipment items, some of which require accurate monitoring of temperature and maintenance of temperature records; Maintains maintenance records, plans for equipment defrosting cycles and performs troubleshooting procedure for certain sophisticated critical equipment items such as tissue processors; Maintains stocks and records of required chemical and sup plies to ensure that the necessary items are available when needed; Coordinates with supply personnel to place orders for routine supplies; Maintains records to account for the use and disposal of certain controlled substances and secure storage of these items; Provides excellent service as defined by the customer; Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines; Reports workload figures on a daily, weekly and/or monthly basis; Participates in the training and education of staff pathologists and other histology staff, various physicians, residents, medical students and other hospital personnel with regard to histopathology techniques and procedures and requirements for proper submission and handling of tissue specimens; Work Schedule: To be Determined Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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