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Beth Israel Lahey Health Histotechnologist Per Diem / Histology in Boston, Massachusetts

When you join the growing BILH team, you're not just taking a job, you’re making a difference in people’s lives.

Job Type:

Per Diem

Scheduled Hours:


Work Shift:

Rotating (United States of America)

Processes patient surgical pathology specimens to paraffin, embeds tissue in paraffin, performs paraffin blocks using microtomes, stains prepared tissue, coverslips slides and assesses stains and sections microscopically for quality. Prepares and maintains slides, solutions, and hazardous chemicals for recycling. Maintains equipment for proper functioning and quality control and supplies for efficiency. Maintains quality control and proper technique while performing various special staining on slides, as required. Maintains patient identification at all times according to lab practice.

Job Description:

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Processes and embeds tissue in paraffin and cuts paraffin blocks using microtomes at the correct setting determined for individual tissue types.

  • Follows Standard Operating Procedures, prepares stains and solutions, and stains prepared tissue (including frozen slides and cytology Cytospin preparations) by using routine and special staining processes. Coverslips and evaluates microscopically the quality of stains and sections.

  • Maintains equipment for proper functioning and supply inventories. Maintains supplies and ensures a clean work environment according to the hospital's standard and approved protocols.

  • Participates in inter-shift coverage for time off, emergencies, and holidays.

  • Prepares slides and blocks maintaining patient identification according to lab practices.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate of science degree in a NAACLS-accredited histology technician program or a two-year associate of science degree from a regionally accredited college or university with 60 semester hours including 12 semester hours (or 18 quarter-hours) of chemistry and biology required.

  • One year of LSA experience in a high complexity Histology laboratory followed by on-the-job training and demonstrated competency or other ‘clinical’ experience in a hospital or healthcare clinic or completion of a histology program certificate with 1-year applicable experience or greater than 2 years applicable histology experience.

  • Licensed ASCP Histotechnologist Certification preferred.

  • Successful completion of an accredited Histotechnology program preferred.

  • Computer skills required: Experience with computer systems required, including web-based applications, and Microsoft Office applications which include Outlook, Word and Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • HT (ASCP) or HTL certification or eligibility.

  • Successful completion of NCCLS-approved histotechnology program.

  • Strong background performing special staining


Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

Problem-Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.

Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by the supervisor/manager.

Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

Team Work: Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.

Customer Service: Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and respond to requests in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

FLSA Status:


As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. Beth Israel Lahey Health requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more ( about this requirement.

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