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Histotechnologist I at Foundation Medicine, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time





Job Description:


About the Job

The Histotechnologist I performs routine testing in FMI's high complexity clinical diagnostic laboratory and is responsible for receipt of patient samples as well as the preparation of samples for microscopic examination and analysis by Pathology. This role focuses on cutting, mounting, staining, and batching slides. This position has similar duties to the Histotechnician, but can operate more independently and work on more complex samples given prior experience in the function.

This is a regulated position and additional information may be available from FMI Quality Assurance regarding regulatory guidelines.

Key Responsibilities

  • Operate a microtome to produce slides or curls from paraffin blocks.


  • Prepare and initiate samples for nucleic acid extraction.


  • Manage sample movement through lab facilities.


  • Ensure and maintain molecular safe integrity and quality of the specimens.


  • Author and edit relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and documentation to ensure regulatory compliance and reflect process improvements.


  • Perform data entry with onsite Pathologists including sample quality assessments and measurements.


  • Perform routine scanning of stained slides with the Aperio ScanScope.


  • Assist in attributing and debulking clinical and research study patient samples.


  • Maintain adequate stock and efficient use of supplies necessary for performing all procedures and preparation of reagents as required.


  • Maintain proper documentation including proper specimen handling, labeling, and quality control measures.


  • Participate in biohazard, chemical, and general safety and other continuing education programs.


  • Work in a lab environment using chemicals and regents.


  • Collaborate with other departments and colleagues to problem solve.


  • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications


    Basic Qualifications



  • Associate's Degree


  • 1+ year(s) of professional histology experience in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) / College of American Pathologists (CAP)-certified laboratory

    Preferred Qualifications



  • Bachelor of Science degree in a biological or life science


  • Certified as a Histotechnician (HT) or a Histotechnologist (HTL) by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)


  • Strong interpersonal skills that include excellent skills in written and oral communication, collaboration, and problem solving


  • Excellent computer/data entry skills.


  • Demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational skills


  • Demonstrated experience handling multiple tasks at once


  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with peers in a fast-paced and cross-functional results-oriented team environment


  • Demonstrated experience working within tight timelines for successful execution of project and program goals


  • Ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor


  • Ability to prioritize and thoroughly follow up on assigned tasks


  • Ability to adapt to changing procedures, policies and work environment


  • Ability to perform work in a lab environment in the presence of chemicals and reagents


  • Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data


  • Commitment to FMI values: patients, innovation, collaboration, and passion

    Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) began with an idea - to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.


    Foundation Medicine is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, or national origin. Further, qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also FMI's EEO Statement and EEO is the Law and Supplement . If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form . (EOE/AAP Employer)