Join the HJF Team! HJF is seeking an experienced Histology Technician to support the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) at the Uniformed Services University (USU) located in Bethesda, MD. Incumbent will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Daniel Perl, CNRM Neuropathology Core PI.Responsibilities Plans, conducts, and completes investigations under the supervision of the head of the laboratory and Dr. Perl. Assignments require the performance of complex laboratory tests, determinations, and analyses involving multiple procedures and a variety of technical approaches. Performs data analysis and interpretation and verifies and corrects data entry. Performs routine and non-routine activities involved in the preparation of slides for microscopic evaluation by pathologist(s), according to policies and procedures. Ensure proper accessioning, labeling, and data entry of all specimens; process paperwork associated with accessioning and reporting. Set-up and assist the Pathologist with grossing of specimens. Maintain the grossing station with the necessary daily supplies. Package and ship specimen kits adhering to state and federal regulations. Ensure proper tissue processing; embedding processed tissue in paraffin and microtomy of embedded tissue. Prepare slides for routine Hematoxylin and Eosin staining; coverslipping of stained slides either manually or automated. Prepare solutions and reagents for special stain procedures. Obtain and validate control tissue used in special stain procedures. Perform all special stain procedures. Prepare solutions and reagents for IHC procedures. Obtain and validate control material used in IHC procedures. Perform IHC testing. Perform filing of paraffin blocks and slides. Perform quality control, quality assurance and preventative maintenance of all equipment. Adhere to laboratory s quality control policies, documents all quality control activities, has the ability to detect abnormal trends, potential instrument problems and errors in testing and submit QC data to supervisor for correction. Differentiate acceptable and unacceptable processing, embedding, microtomy, staining of tissue specimens. Capable of identifying problems that may affect test performance or reporting of test results and resolve or immediately report to supervisor. Complies with all laboratory Standard Operating Policies and Procedures (SOPP), maintaining quality standards in order to meet CAP, JACHO, CLIA, federal and other regulatory requirements. Perform/assist with imaging of tissue sections; database archiving and organization. Maintain data base and data entry of the chemical inventory system, knowledge of the proper handling of Biohazardous, Biomedical waste and disposal. Maintain a clean and well-organized work area. Performs other duties as assignedRequired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of bright field microscopy; knowledge of histological stains and complex staining methods; detailed knowledge of immunohistochemical techniques; knowledge of biological processes and ability to integrate this knowledge with histopathology expertise; excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently with minimum supervision; familiarity with biological specimen inventory (BSI) systems is strongly desired.Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent training experience in histopathology, biology or chemistry. Computer literate: knowledge working with various types of specimen information systems; GLP training required.Minimum Experience: 2 - 4 years of directly related research experiencePhysical Capabilities: requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects; long periods of sitting and standing; handling of various chemicals; requires sufficient dexterity to operate a cryostat, operate other sectioning/processing equipment and perform microtomy.Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: H. T. (ASCP) certification preferred but not required.Work Environment: Normal laboratory environment; possible exposure to irritating or toxic chemicals, and bloodborne pathogens.