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Histology Technician (Researcher 2)- Department of Otolaryngology

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID352268

LocationTwin Cities

Job FamilyResearch-Researchers

Full/Part TimeFull-Time


Job Code8352R2

Employee ClassCivil Service

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We are seeking an experienced histology technician to perform a senior role in a human temporal bone laboratory. Our laboratory focuses mainly on procurement, processing, and analysis of the human temporal bone, which encloses the organs responsible for hearing and balance. We also conduct experiments on animal models of diseases affecting the hearing and balance. We are planning to increase our processing capacity, to which this position would provide additional human workforce to make this happen. We perform all necessary activities to provide specimens for study, including: (1) procurement of temporal bones; (2) processing of the bone (fixation, decalcification, embedding, sectioning, staining, and mounting); and (3) archiving specimens with their respective medical history. It is important that the person filling this position can investigate and implement innovative processing techniques, including methods for fixation and decalcification, as well as performing immunocytochemical and immunohistochemical analyses. Preparation for electron microscopy is also warranted.

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

1. Conducting temporal bone procedures and general laboratory duties (70%)

  • Carry out complex, multi-step laboratory procedures employing a wide range of histologic methods through the instruction of the PI and senior researchers involving animal models and human temporal bones.
    • Temporal bone processing: Fixation, decalcification, and embedding of human and animal temporal bones. This involves preparing a wide variety of different tissues using specialized cutting and staining procedures.
    • Ability to investigate and implement innovative fixation, decalcification, and embedding techniques.
    • Temporal bone sectioning: Use of sliding, rotary, and laser microtomes, as well as performing specialized dissections.
    • Temporal bone staining: Routine hematoxylin & eosin, special stains, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry techniques
    • Slide preparation: mount sections, label slides, archive slides
    • Minimum production: 1 temporal bone sectioned and stained/week.
    • Capacity to operate a light microscope. Confocal and electron microscopy would be a plus.
    • Coordinate the use and maintain the upkeep of expensive specialized laboratory equipment
    • Maintain adequate records of temporal bone processing, experiments; gather and update medical records obtained from donors. 2. General laboratory responsibilities (10%):
      • Ordering supplies, organizing, and stocking supplies, maintaining equipment and apparatus, organizing and cleaning laboratory workspaces, preparing common reagents, assisting in generating SOPs, and assisting the PI in ensuring adherence to bio-safety requirements, including hazardous and chemical waste removal. Other responsibilities and duties as assigned3. Supervision of the laboratory staff (10%)
        • Supervision of the Jr. technician
        • Provide troubleshooting and problem solution regarding temporal bone processing4.Data analysis and Presentation (10%):
          • Analysis and presentation of data regarding temporal bone processing and experiments to supervisors and senior research staff
          • Reading relevant publications regarding updates in processing methods that could be implemented in our laboratory.
          • Being part of the research advisory committee to be implemented by the lab staff.


            All required qualifications must be documented on application materialsRequired qualifications:
            • BS/BA and 1 year of related experience OR; Associate degree plus completion of an accredited histology technician certificate program + minimum 3 years of pathology laboratory experience OR a combination of education and work experience in the field equal five (5) years
            • Demonstrated experience working proactively and independently to achieve goals
            • Demonstrated ability to add value in the planning of experiments
            • Demonstrated ability to work well in an interdisciplinary team environment
            • Strong teamwork skills and work ethic
            • Capable of consistently working full-time during core lab hours (8am to 4:30pm).
            • Familiarity with general laboratory duties (reagent preparation, chemical inventories, lab safety, equipment maintenance)Preferred Qualifications:
              • Problem solving and root cause analysis skills
              • Strong interpersonal skills, working as a team leader.
              • Experience with immunoassays including immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence
              • Experience with animal research and tissue processing
              • Experience with tissue preparation techniques for confocal and electron microscopy
              • Experience working in bio-safety level 2 areas

                About the Department

                To learn more about the Department of Otolaryngology, please vist


                Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
                • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
                • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
                • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
                • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
                • University HSA contributions
                • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
                • Employee wellbeing program
                • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
                • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
                • Financial counseling services
                • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

                  How To Apply

                  Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


                  The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

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                  About the U of M

                  The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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