Laboratory Assistant

Sep 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Laboratory Assistant

Union Level:
Department: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Campus: San Francisco
Posting Number: 201301152P
Full or Part Time: Part Time
Number of Months: 12
Work Schedule: 5 hours per day, 4 days per week.
Position End Date:
Open Date:
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions:

Primary Purpose:
Under the general supervision of the Laboratory Director, performs a variety of laboratory duties for Pacific Oral Pathology Laboratory (POPL).

Essential Functions:
  • Biopsy kit preparation: Including maintaining stock of biopsy bottles and mailing items, kit preparation, and mail-out to contributors as requested.

  • Receipt of biopsy mailers (USPS, FedEx) and login of specimens with accession number to be assigned.

  • Gross examination of biopsy specimens with adequate description, and placement into accession numbered corresponding cassettes, and placement of cassettes into formalin container for pickup by the histotechnology laboratory.

  • File slides and blocks after cases are signed out.

  • Properly dispose of unrequired accessioned blocks and slides and properly store of those necessary for retention.

  • Pull selective cases from slide files and re-file, as needed.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Laboratory Director.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Knowledge of:
  • Basic laboratory skills to include histochemical staining.

    Ability to:
  • Follow oral or written instructions.
  • Operate computer.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Work independently.
  • Effectively organize and prioritize work while maintaining flexibility for shifting priorities.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times.

  • Minimum of one year of in a general laboratory setting.
  • Experience grossing specimens and performing high complexity testing under CLIA guidelines (Experience may be received by on-job training under the direction of the laboratory director and/or other technical supervisor)

  • An earned associate degree in a laboratory science or medical laboratory technology,obtained from an accredited institution, or education/training equivalent to the above that includes at least 60 semester hours or equivalent from an accredited institution. This education must include 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses or 24 semester hours of science courses that includes six semester hours of chemistry, six semester hours of biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination and three months of documented training in the field in which the individual perform high complexity testing.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Physical Requirements:
    The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Standing during the majority of working hours; occasional sitting; occasional use of computer keyboard and mouse; occasional phone use can be anticipated.
  • Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

    Working Conditions:
  • Occasional use of toxic chemicals can be anticipated. Personal protective equipment will be provided to reduce or eliminate exposure.
  • Position is part time, 5 hours a day, 4 days per week. Hours are from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience.

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    Background Check Statement:
    Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check

    AA/EEO Policy Statement:
    University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.