Gross Room Lab Aide

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine | Department of Pathology

Gross Room Lab Aide (Laboratory Support I)

Position #744688 - Requisition 13014

The Department of Pathology has an opening for a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Gross Room Lab Aide (Laboratory Support I) position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

Job Summary:
The Department of Pathology is seeking applications for a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Gross Room Lab Aide (Laboratory Support I). This role will be responsible for assisting the Pathologists, Residents, Pathologists' Assistants and Gross Room Technicians with patient specimens. This role will act as a front-line point of contact in anatomic pathology which requires a strong professional demeanor and strict attention to detail, as the gross room is an extremely busy and varied environment, and the workflow requires significant concentration. The Gross Room Aide will be directly responsible for every patient specimen they handle and will enter anatomic pathology specimens into various computer programs. This role is responsible for general lab maintenance, and will interact with other allied health professionals such as nurses and support staff to resolve interdisciplinary clinical issues.

The Gross Room Lab Aide must use personal judgement in managing specimen receipts and must determine the manner in which they organize daily work flow. This role must also know when to consult a supervisor about various issues and must pay strict attention to detail at all times, and show a willingness to resolve issues or seek a supervisor to do so.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Proper accessioning of surgical pathology cases.
  • Specimen triage.
  • Staining slides during intraoperative consultation.
  • Distributing appropriate specimen containers, requisitions and tissue cassettes.
  • Printing additional tissue cassettes.
  • Organizing tissue cassettes numerically.
  • Gross room maintenance.
  • Disposal of biological waste.
  • Organization of work areas.
  • Stocking supplies.
  • Monitoring supply inventory.
  • Assisting various staff.
  • Filing paperwork.
  • Answering telephone and faxing.
  • Effectively communicating. Internal/external communications are frequent among coworkers, which include pathology staff, trainees, clinicians, nurses, transcriptionists, etc. Internal discussions could involve procedures, problems and upgrades.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • One (1) year of experience working in a clinical laboratory.

Substitution: Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Conditions of Employment: Must be willing and able to....
  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of hire.
  • Lift, push, and/or pull up to 20 lbs.
  • Work in an environment that may expose you to fumes, chemicals, liquid nitrogen, extreme cold, blood/body fluids, and infectious disease.
  • Frequently wash your hands, as biohazardous materials may be present.
  • Sit and stand for long periods of time, frequently walk, and bend/stoop, as well as execute repetitive motions.
  • Work with complex and sharp laboratory equipment, and various chemical and biological solutions.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment when handling biological samples and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work within a high-level secured facility.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • An Associate's or higher earned degree in a biological science from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working with students, staff, and faculty within a higher education and/or academic medical environment.
  • Experience working in a Surgical Pathology Gross Room.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills with the ability to establish rapport with persons of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to interpret complex rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Ability to listen and follow precise protocols and written instructions.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize workload, file correctly by alphabetical and numerical order.
  • Must possess a professional demeanor and have experience that demonstrates problem solving skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • The successful candidate will be detail oriented, self-motivated, a fast learner and possess excellent time management, organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to take direction and use independent judgment to coordinate and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Familiarity with HIPAA and security compliance requirements.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV 3) A List of at three (3) Professional References Questions should be directed to Matt Bilby at [email protected]

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20112 - SOM-Pathology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 23, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Matt Bilby

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744688





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Posted: 3/24/2018
Application Due: 4/20/2018
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