Cytology Laboratory Assistant

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
School/College/Department of Pathology 
Job Title Working: Cytology Laboratory Assistant
Official: Laboratory Technician I
Position # 00778921 – Requisition #19390

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Pathology has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Cytology Laboratory Assistant [Laboratory Technician I] position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here

Responsibilities: This full-time University of Colorado Staff Cytology Lab Assistant position is responsible for performing a variety of routine and non-routine technical and clerical duties in the clinical cytology laboratory setting under minimal supervision.  This position requires following all institutional and laboratory policies and procedures, Standard Operation Procedures for methodologies used in processing specimens, and independent judgment, while seeking appropriate guidance in solving non-routine problems. Work tasks consist primarily of accessioning and processing Gynecological and Non-Gynecological specimens in preparation for cytotechnologist and pathologist review and diagnosis. Example of work performed include: 

  • Receiving, accessioning gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens into Laboratory Information System, and labeling cytology samples
  • Applying approved cytopreparation methods to process cytology specimens
  • Operating and troubleshooting laboratory instruments and equipment and performing routine preventive or corrective maintenance 
  • Utilizing and maintaining cytology stains, reagents and chemicals, including their preparation, storage, and correct disposal.
  • Maintaining, organizing stock inventory, and requesting laboratory supplies
  • Participating in educational courses and required refresher courses
  • Providing support with various administrative tasks and handling phone inquiries 
  • Reporting patient safety issues and specimen deficiencies 
  • Preparing and sending out selected samples for ancillary testing
  • Participating in trading of cytology residents and medical students
Cytology Laboratory Assistant contributes to the overall efficiency of the laboratory and pathology practice, and ultimately excellent patient care by performing a variety of tasks, in a cost effective, accurate, and timely manner in compliance with operational procedures.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
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Diversity and Equity:
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected] 

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.

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. 

QualificationsMinimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma
  • Two years of laboratory experience in clinical setting, including receiving and processing specimens, using laboratory computer data bases, equipment, and staining systems. 
Substitution: University, college, or non-correspondence school coursework related to science and/or laboratory work may substitute for the experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Attributes:

  • An Associate’s degree or higher in the medical sciences or in a related field.
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, teamwork, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize workload while maintaining attention to detail and excellent work organization.
  • High work ethic, accountability, and reliability by prioritizing patient care while treating all staff with curtesy and professionalism. 
  • Ability to listen and follow precise protocols and written instructions. 
  • Knowledge and experience using laboratory equipment.
  • Experience working with students, staff and faculty within an educational medical environment. 

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Oct 16, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 10/17/2020
Application Due: 1/15/2021
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