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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.


Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 5260

UW Job Family: 51

SOC Code: 29-2056

Pay Grade: 21

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Performs technical, histology laboratory/research tasks on animal tissues; maintains laboratory as directed.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree in a related field


1 year work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Certification as Histotechnologist (ASCP [HT] or ASCP [HTL]) is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Tissue processing and staining techniques.
  • Laboratory operations and procedures.
  • Histotechnologist certification requirements.
  • Personal computer operation and applicable software applications.
  • Safety regulations, infection control, and lab protocol procedures.
  • Supervisory and training methods and techniques. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Work with high attention to detail, efficiency and accuracy.
  • Have manual dexterity and ability to perform laboratory tasks.
  • Be able to multi-task assignments and projects.
  • Train and supervise student and part-time workers.
  • Exhibit integrity and a professional attitude.
  • Work as a team member while meeting deadlines under pressure.
  • Master microtomy and staining skills.
  • Compare slides to standard and make determination of quality in cutting and staining.
  • Follow established protocols, techniques and procedures.
  • Operate and calibrate highly specialized and sensitive equipment.
  • Maintain quality, safety, infection and other control standards.
  • Lift 25 pounds regularly and 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Work with distressing and unpleasant odors, procedures, circumstances, and noise.
  • Perform computer data entry, format and generate reports. 

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Prepare tissue sections from paraffin wax-embedded, or frozen, tissues for examination.
Perform histology tasks such as cutting, staining, and mounting tissue for microscopic examination.
Perform special stains and immunohistochemistry, helping to develop new procedures and techniques or enhancing established lab procedures.
Trains and supervises student and part-time workers, as assigned. 

Supplemental Functions:

Maintain histology lab for cleanliness and safety.
Order and maintain supply inventory and equipment.
Maintain records as directed.
Operate specialized equipment as required such microtome, immunostainers, tissue processor, embedding center and solvent stills. 
Fill in for other Histology staff in their absence. 

Working Conditions:

Laboratory environment; occasionally subject to confined spaces; regular exposure to noise, fumes, biological, chemical, and mechanical hazards; sitting, standing, squatting or kneeling for various lengths of time; and lifting 10 to 25 pounds regularly and 50 pounds occasionally.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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