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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Medical Lab Tech/Specialist - Contributing

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$44,600- $49,596

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Permanent

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Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Department Name and Number:

Diagnostic Sciences-433500

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Laboratory Management and Services

Department Description:

The mission of the Division of Diagnostic Sciences is to serve the people and dental profession of the State by providing a center for teaching, scholarly activity, and patient care concerning the diagnosis and management of disorders and abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region. To fulfill this mission, the Department provides instruction for dental auxiliary, predoctoral, and postdoctoral education students, as well as graduate students of other schools in the University. Faculty are committed to the advancement of teaching through the development of enhanced and innovative teaching methods. The research mission of the Department is grounded in the basic physical, chemical, biological, epidemiological, and clinical sciences. Department research is directed toward:
1. The creation of knowledge through biological and clinical investigations of the diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region, and
2. Laboratory and clinical testing of new diagnostic systems.
Members of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences provide patient care at the pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and private practice levels in the areas of microbiology, oral and maxillofacial pathology, and oral and maxillofacial radiology. The Department also provides continuing education to the dental profession in North Carolina and beyond for the purposes of improving diagnosis and management of diseases and abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:

The Histotechnologist will assist in receiving and preparing biopsy specimens for histologic evaluation and diagnosis by the oral pathologists in the Division of Diagnostic Sciences. This includes the following responsibilities:

Accessioning of Specimens: Specimens are received from doctors within the School, and from contributors outside of the ASOD in the private practice community. This position will assist the lead histotechnologist in receiving, logging in, and preparing the specimens for gross description by the pathologists, residents, or laboratory supervisor prior to specimen processing. At the direction of the laboratory supervisor or the lead histotechnologist, this position may be required to receive, log, and distribute specimens that are received for special procedures and consultation from outside laboratories.

Preparation of Biopsy Specimens: Specimens are prepared in an automated tissue processor where they are dehydrated and infiltrated with melted paraffin overnight. In the morning, the specimens are individually oriented in molds and embedded in paraffin blocks for sectioning by the histotechnologist and the lead histotechnologist into very thin sections mounted on glass slides and dried. The slides with dried sections are then loaded by the histotechnologist, at the direction of the lead histotechnologist, onto an automated slide stainer where they pass through multiple solutions that impart colored stains to the thin sections on the slide which are then sealed with a thin glass cover that permanently protects the specimen.

This position will assist the lead histotechnologist in maintaining an inventory of required materials, supplies, and solutions for the proper functioning of the laboratory. At the direction of the laboratory supervisor or lead histotechnologist, this position may generate a list of needed supplies. When supplies are received, the histotechnologist will assist the lead histotechnologist in labeling and storing all materials necessary for the continual operation of the laboratory.

This position will assist the lead histotechnologist in maintaining all glass and plasticware in a clean state, and for keeping the laboratory in general in a safe, clean and orderly fashion in compliance with University, State and Federal OSHA guidelines.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in medical technology, chemistry, or a biological science; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Some positions may require compliance with current Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge – Technical: General knowledge of laboratory equipment, instrumentation, and terminology needed to complete the work. General knowledge of test procedures performed in the laboratory.

Coordination – Work: Ability to identify problems with specimen processing. Ability to perform routine tests and procedures following prescribed procedures; ability to identify needs for variation in testing procedures. Ability to coordinate the work of others following prescribed procedures. Ability to collect specimens requiring application of skilled techniques, following a variety of standard patient care and collection procedures.

Data Collection/Analysis: Ability to make accurate observations; ability to record, tabulate and organize data; ability to prepare written reports of test results; may require ability to assist in analysis of data. Ability to ensure quality control of data collection; ability to identify and report variations or discrepancies in the data.

Laboratory Operations: Ability to plan and monitor resources needed to operate the laboratory; ability to maintain supply inventory. Ability to maintain and calibrate laboratory equipment as needed. Ability to evaluate and modify quality control procedures. Ability to coordinate and train others to ensure compliance with safety measures and guidelines. Ability to maintain an up-to-date laboratory manual. Ability to maintain and monitor records and proficiency testing.

Instruction: Ability to train others (students, physicians, and other health care personnel) in the performance of laboratory tests and procedures and the proper use and care of specialized equipment. Ability to document how to conduct procedures; ability to review and maintain correct standard operations, procedures and protocols. Ability to instruct patient in follow-up care as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Overtime occasionally

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Posted: 5/3/2021
Application Due: 5/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time