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Cedars-Sinai Senior Histologist in Los Angeles, California

Make a difference every single day!

At Cedars-Sinai, we're motivated by a collective spirit of innovation and the challenge to continuously improve. Above all, we share a real passion for helping others. Day after day, from department to department, our people give their all to create a community unlike any other. This is just one of the many reasons U.S. News & World Report has named us one of America’s Best Hospitals—and now we invite you to join us and make a difference every single day in service of this outstanding work – excellence and innovation in patient care, research, and community service. From working with a team of dedicated professionals to using state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll have great resources to do something incredible—for yourself, and for others.

What will you be doing in this role?

The Senior Histologist functions with minimal direction from supervisory personnel. Responsibilities include embedding, cutting, staining tissue, performing routine and technically complex laboratory procedures requiring advanced cognitive, manipulative, and problem-solving skills. The Senior Histologist’s activities include operating and maintaining laboratory equipment, monitoring, and evaluating the quality of tissue processing, verifying, and evaluating quality control results, and resolving technical and quality control problems. Additional duties include general and administrative support functions necessary for the routine operation of the laboratory. Performs all job duties with sensitivity and attention to the developmental issues of the patient population(s) being served.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Embeds tissue in paraffin or other media, cuts tissue block using specialized equipment to produce glass slides, and stains slides with tissue using automated instrument or manual process.

  • Operates and maintains laboratory equipment such as tissue processors, embedding centers, microtomes, cryostats, automated stainers, ovens, fridges, freezers, incubators, and other select equipment.

  • Attends to routine operational and support functions such as preparing solutions/reagents/buffers, stocking supplies, disposing of reagents and hazardous materials, and maintaining and storing tissue blocks/slide samples and records.

  • Performs subspecialty service that requires specialized training and technique e.g., renal, muscle, liver biopsies.

  • Performs daily instrument/equipment/reagent/buffer function verification and documents daily in preventive maintenance logs, according to establish policies and procedures.

  • Uses, follows, and documents appropriate standards for test methodology quality controls.

  • Accurately identifies specimens and labels samples completely, using at least two identifiers, at each step of the laboratory process to ensure patient/specimen safety and quality outcomes.

  • Documents Non-Conforming Events (NCEs), initiates problem-solving activities, resolves discrepancies, and takes corrective action procedures.

  • Documents review of new/existing policies and procedures to keep abreast of changes. Supports implementation of new processes.

  • Recognizes basic and complex problems in test methodology, quality control and instrument troubleshooting, initiates problem-solving activities and corrective action procedures.

  • Performs parallel shipment (lot verification) testing.

  • Works directly with Pathologists to address sub-specialty service needs.


  • High School Diploma/GED.

  • AA degree from an accredited Histology Training Program preferred.

  • Three years of experience in histopathology laboratory under supervision of a licensed pathologist and certified histologist.

  • Certification as a Histotechnician (HT, ASCP) or Histotechnologist (HTL, ASCP) preferred.

Working Title: Senior Histologist

Department: Path-Surg Path

Business Entity: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Job Category: Pathology/Lab

Job Specialty: Pathology

Position Type: Full-time

Shift Length: 8 hour shift

Shift Type: Day

Base Pay: $39.65 - $61.46

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.