Appointment and Title: Twelve-month, Administrative Professional; Lab Technician
The Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System (VDL) provides diagnostic services to private veterinary practitioners; animal owners; animal interests; local, state and national governmental entities; and a wide variety of research and surveillance projects. The VDL is one of 60 veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the United States and Canada accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The VDL is one of twelve Core Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), designated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), to provide surveillance for foreign animal diseases and diagnostic surge capacity in the case of an animal disease outbreak. The VDL system is comprised of a main laboratory in Fort Collins and branch laboratories in Grand Junction and Rocky Ford.
The mission of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is to provide timely, accurate and pertinent animal disease diagnostic services and educational outreach to veterinarians, animal industries and animal interests. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will strive to meet the goals of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University through research to develop new approaches to disease identification, investigation, prevention and through education of professional veterinary medical, graduate and post-doctoral students.
The VDL seeks to fill 1 full-time Lab Technician position to work at the Histology lab located in the Diagnostic Medicine Center on the South Campus of Colorado State University. The primary responsibility of this position will be to assist with preparation of histology samples.
Duties and Responsibilities: Histology: Remove tissue from cassette and embed in paraffin using the most appropriate orientation. Utilize special embedding techniques for BVD and CWD tissues or other tissues are necessary. Determine the proper fixative and decalcification solution for bone specimens prior to tissue processing. Process fixed tissues for histology. Operate manual microtome to cut thin sections of tissue for mounting on glass slides. Determine the most appropriate orientation for tissue to create slides for optimal pathology review. Perform routine and special stains as requested. Select appropriate stain based on tissue type & potential diagnoses. Monitor staining for expected results, making adjustments as needed. Prepare reagents for H&E and special stains. File slides and blocks. General lab cleanup. Appropriately dispose of hazardous waste following guidelines provided by Environmental Health Services. Maintain awareness of potential chemical reactions during disposal. Properly complete online request process for pickup and label items for disposal. Effectively communicate with supervisors and coworkers regarding activities and other issues important to the successful completion of activities.
This position will be full-time and will require occasionally working on weekends and holidays. The individual has the potential to develop additional responsibilities as demonstrated by their capabilities and motivation.
Required Qualifications: The applicant must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelors degree in anatomy, wildlife biology, biology or chemistry or comparable degree. HT/HTL certification from American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). One year full-time work experience in fully ASCP accredited histology laboratory.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience with animal tissue and/or a research laboratory. Effective communication and interpersonal skills are extremely important. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin March 31, 2014 and may continue until the position is filled.
Apply electronically by sending a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, resume, and the names of three references to the attention of the Search Committee at the following email address: Janice.Inman@ColoState.edu . References will not be contacted without prior notification of applicants.
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