Employment Opportunity

Histology Technician

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: $19.00 - $22.00 Hourly

Final Filing Date: April 17, 2021

Under supervision of the Histology Laboratory Manager, the Histology Technician prepares stained slides of tissue samples as requested by Assistant Medical Examiners in a carefully controlled environment.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Prepares paraffin blocks of tissue for long-term storage; assures that blocks are labeled in accordance with Histology Laboratory protocols.
  • Retrieves, transports, stores, and disposes of blocks, slides, specimens, and paperwork according to histology laboratory procedures.
  • Handles communication internally between pathologists and the histology personnel to ensure all requests and inquiries are handled in a timely manner and responds to external requests to retain, release, or prepare specimens in accordance with histology laboratory procedures.
  • Maintains log of tissue samples entering the histology lab and completes the histology laboratory electronic case file and uses this information to compile monthly statistical reports.
  • Delivers tissue slides to the assigned Assistant Medical Examiner, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, or the Executive Director & Chief Medical Examiner on a timely basis.
  • Mentors and assists training of interns, students, and others during their training period in the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) Histology Laboratory.


  • Must take the HRRM "Clerical Skills Test" and score a minimum of 85% with a typing speed of 40 WPM and 90% accuracy. Online testing is available at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/harriscountytx/jobs/998426/hrrm-clerical-skills-test.
  • Associate degree or equivalent (60 college hours) and current enrollment in or completion of Histotechnology or Histotechnician program that is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
  • Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a Histotechnician within one year of employment
  • Must have some experience in the use of microtomes, automatic stainer, automatic slide and coverslippers, tissue processors and manual staining and coverslipping processes.
  • Knowledge of histology laboratory safety rules and procedures is essential.
  • Basic computer skills to include Microsoft Office applications.
  • Must be capable of understanding and adhering to strict protocols for the handling and storage of tissue samples, glass slides and blocks.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with co-workers to assure that protocols are rigidly observed and assure the highest standards of casework.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Texas Driver’s License to facilitate transport of off-site supplies/samples.
  • Must provide a handwritten assignment (including a sample of handwritten numbers) of any topic along with the application.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • May require long periods of standing, walking, stooping, and bending.
  • Experience in a Histology Laboratory where duties included production of slide stains and preservation of tissue samples.

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Posted: March 16, 2021

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