Histology Technician 1 1

Req ID #:  112635

Bethesda, MD, US, 20892

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Histology Technician for our Insourcing Solutions site located in Bethesda, MD.


The following are responsibilities related to the Histology Technician:


  • Print daily sign-out sheet, date, initial, and hole-punch first thing each morning.  Log in cases in numerical order.
  • Each day, the H&E slides, from microtomy that was performed on either the previous afternoon or in the morning, should be placed on a rack.
  • Perform daily check of waste containers.  Change out containers and complete tags as appropriate. When there are two full containers, call Chemical Waste Management for pick up and replacement.  Dispose of orange bags under the hood when full.
  • Keep alcohol and distilled water containers full.  Dump the formalin jars daily. 
  • Log in submitted wet tissues with date of arrival on the associate white tag then enter it in the Histo Database in numerical order.
  • Load the tissue processor by alternating large and small (mouse) tissues in the order of oldest to newest.  RUSH cases are always priority.
  • File white tags in numerical order.
  • Embed tissue and clean the area when the work is complete.  Put all tools back in their proper places.
  • Perform microtomy and clean the area when the work is complete.
  • Label and assemble special stain slides.  Date, sign out, and distributed cases.
  • Change the first of each solution on the tissue processor on the 15th of every month (i.e. 95%, 100%, 80% etc. should each have the first solution changed).
  • Additional laboratory maintenance should be performed at the end of each month including dumping all solutions from the tissue processor, perform a warm water flush, make alcohol concentrations, and clean work area.
  • Performs all tasks related to the processing of tissues into slides from GLP and non-GLP studies.  Identifies and takes corrective action to remedy improperly processed tissue.
  • Ensures that all study schedules for histology are met and additional recuts and stains are performed in a timely manner.  Notate in the Histo database if the slides/blocks will be given to an investigator.
  • Assists in providing training to new technicians, including histology theory and practice, database usage, and general laboratory practices.
  • May provide results and/or technical assistance to internal and external customers via verbal and/or written communications
  • Assists in providing leadership and motivation to all departmental personnel.
  • Actively interacts with customers as required to solve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance.
  • Prepares and submits written reports, charts, logs and inventories as requested by Supervisor. Ensures accurate recording of data.


The following are minimum qualifications related to the Histology Technician position:


  • Education:  Associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S.) or equivalent in Biological Sciences or related discipline. Bachelor of Science degree (B.A. or B.Sc.) in technically related field (e.g. Biology) preferred. 
  • Experience:  Minimum of one year of related technical experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  HT/HTL certification preferred.  AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level or higher or certification within one year of hire or promotion preferred.


About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


For more information, please visit www.criver.com.


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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