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Henry Ford Health System Sr Histotechnologist - Full Time - Detroit/Rotating in Detroit, Michigan


Oversees laboratory operations in multiple technical disciplines on a regular basis with minimal supervision. Performs routine and complex analytic procedures in the preparation of human tissue samples, body fluids, and cultured cells for histological examination using manual techniques or the use of laboratory instruments and information systems. Teaches routine and specialized laboratory techniques. Ensures standard work. Participates in applied research and development projects. Involved in onboarding, competency assessment, and quality improvement.


  • Oversees and performs routine and complex histological procedures on human tissue, body fluids, and cultured cells, using manual or automated techniques and information systems. The Sr. Histotechnologist is qualified to perform all duties of the Sr. Histotechnologist job, and in a given job situation may or may not perform all of the duties; actual duties will pertain to the specific Sr. Histotechnologist position.

  • Applies knowledge, training, and independent clinical judgment to take action and/or develop solutions. Collaborates with leadership staff to improve processes and resolve problems.

a. Responsible for establishing and ensuring standard work with consistent quality and corrective and preventive action as needed.

b. Evaluating instrument performance and quality control results to ensure accuracy and reliability prior to release;

c. Correlating results with other lab data and/or disease states;

d. Identification of technical, instrument, pharmacologic and/or physiologic causes of unexpected test results.

  • Develops and establishes standard operating procedures for routine and advanced histology applications, such as special stain techniques, muscle histochemistry, direct immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and electron microscopy.

  • Performs calibration, preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting of technical equipment in multiple workstations. Following successful completion of competency testing, may perform processing, testing, and reporting without direct supervision.

  • Assists in the correction of technical problems and serves as a technical resource redirecting the workflow or assignments as necessary to ensure proper coverage and service standards. May prepare staffing schedules.

  • Trains and oversees staff to ensure compliance with established divisional, departmental, and institutional policies and procedures, including compliance, quality assessment and improvement, safety, environmental, and infection control. Maintains confidentiality of patient information.

  • Oversees quality assessment, regulatory, and accrediting requirements. Oversees proficiency testing, quality control, and competency assessment of technical staff. Maintains the laboratory in inspection ready status at all times.

  • Optimizes workflow, including researching products and negotiating with vendors to optimize cost and process.

  • Communicates with internal and external customers, including nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers concerning laboratory results, procedures, technology, and related issues. Provides direction, guidance and follow-up for questions and problems referred by the laboratory staff concerning unusual or discrepant results. Communicates with laboratory leadership and vendors as needed to resolve problems and institute improvements.

  • Helps with the evaluation and development of new methods and procedures under the direction of the laboratory supervisor. Evaluates test kits, reagents, controls, standards, and changes to work practices. Participates in the correlation checks and employee training necessary for the introduction of new instruments and/or procedures. May perform statistical analysis and draft new procedures.

  • Participates in the instruction (theory and practice) of histotechnology to new employees.

  • Provides input for the preparation of performance appraisals and corrective actions as requested. Oversees laboratory operation on a regular basis. Assists in maintaining the smooth operation of the laboratory by taking a leadership role as needed.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a combination of at least 30 semester hours of biology and chemistry

  • Three (3) years of experience with progressive responsibility in a CAP accredited histology laboratory setting

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency and theoretical knowledge sufficient to perform, teach, and lead laboratory functions

  • Familiarity with Lean principles and methods preferred

  • Vision: Near Acuity: Ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less.

  • Depth Perception: Ability to judge distance and space relationships.

  • Accommodation: Ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus.

  • Color Vision: Ability to distinguish and identify different colors necessary to perform job functions.


  • Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a Histology Technologist (HTL) required.

  • For Sr. Histotechnologist in Immunohistochemistry, Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC) by ASCP preferred.

  • Must meet or exceed core customer service responsibilities, standards and behaviors as outlined in the HFHS’ Customer Service Policy and summarized below:

  • Communication

  • Ownership

  • Understanding

  • Motivation

  • Sensitivity

  • Excellence

  • Teamwork

  • Respect

  • Must practice the customer skills as provided through on-going training and in-services. Must possess the following personal qualities:

  • Be self-directed

  • Be flexible and committed to the team concept

  • Demonstrate teamwork, initiative and willingness to learn

  • Be open to new learning experiences

  • Accepts and respects diversity without judgment

  • Demonstrates customer service values


  • Regularly exposed to infection from disease-bearing specimens, organs and tissues

  • Regular exposure to electrical equipment, chemicals, odors, changing temperatures, and frequent interruptions

  • May handle absentee replacement on short notice

  • May require prolonged standing, walking, and the ability to lift/carry up to 25 lbs.


  • Eye and face protection, gown, lab coat, apron, mask, non-sterile medical gloves and utility gloves as required by task or duties


    Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health System is a

    $6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites

    including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and

    other healthcare retail. Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system

    now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one

    of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the

    health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network. Henry Ford is also one of the region’s

    major academic medical centers, receiving between $90-$100 million in annual research funding and

    remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical

    education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing

    in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses,

    pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians. visitHenryFord.com.


    Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

    making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice. Henry

    Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

    Rewards. My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves. There are

    dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

    and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life. As an

    employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

    (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness, and a whole host of other benefits and services. Employee's classified as contingent status are not eligible for benefits.

    Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

    Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health System is committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height, weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.