Histopathology Technician

University of Glassgow
July 16, 2024
Offerd Salary:£22,681 - £25,138
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Histopathology Technician

Job Purpose

To provide technical assistance, maintenance and practical support to academic, postgraduate and undergraduate service users within the histopathology laboratory.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Diagnostic Service

1. To provide technical support in all core histopathology duties including trimming and processing of specimens, sectioning and staining, immunohistochemistry by employing standard histopathological techniques.

2. To provide technical support to digital slide scanning following training if required.

3. Provide support within veterinary diagnostic services specimen reception: checking mail, labelling and assigning diagnostic samples to relevant laboratories, preparing paperwork and packaging samples for forwarding to external laboratories.

4. Responsible on for maintenance of the histopathology slide and paraffin block archive.

5. Preparation of all buffers, stains and reagents as required.

6. Monitoring consumable and reagent stock supplies and advising senior laboratory staff when replenishment is needed.

7. To notify senior laboratory staff of any maintenance requirements on equipment to ensure that the workflow remains uninterrupted.

8. To provide technical guidance to colleagues, students and researchers.

9. Liaise with office staff and colleagues from other laboratories within the diagnostic services to ensure the efficient running of the service.

10. To keep up to date with current developments in the subject field and health and safety regulations relating to the discipline.

11. To carry out other duties under the guidance of the senior laboratory technicians.

Other : The above duties are not exhaustive and the post holder will be expected when required to undertake any other relevant duties as required by the Academic head/line manager which are commensurate with the grade of the post.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Either Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in a similar role

Or: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 5 or 6 (National 5 or 6, Scottish Vocational Qualification level 2 or 3) or equivalent, and experience of some personal development in a related role.

A2 Up to date knowledge of relevant laboratory Health and Safety legislation/policies.


B1 An HNC in Biological Sciences or a related subject.

B2 Detailed technical knowledge of relevant systems, equipment, protocols, processes and procedures.



C1 Demonstrable technical skills aligned to the laboratory environment.

C2 Ability to work effectively with others, including own team and wider team within veterinary diagnostic services.

C3 Competent numeracy and IT skills.

C4 Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing priorities in a complex working environment.

C5 Good organisational skills and the ability to manage and prioritise workload with the minimal supervision.

C6 High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

C7 Ability to use initiative and judgement to resolve problems.



E1 Some experience of working in a laboratory environment.

E2 Experience of undertaking a range of technical support activities independently.


F1 Specific experience of working in a histopathology laboratory environment.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 4, £22,681 - £25,138 per annum.

This post is full time and open ended.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 149748 Close Date : 16-Jul-2024 23:45

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