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Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for independently performing technical responsibilities in support of the School of Veterinary Medicine's Histology and Necropsy services. The position requires the ability to work within a team setting; both with co-workers and with the various clients who submit specimens for processing.

60%: Responsible for receiving specimens and carefully check paperwork for accuracy and completeness. Assists or initiates specimen preparation. Assists pathologists with the grossing and trimming procedures for necropsy and biopsy specimens, trims in cases for histologic evaluation, and assists with processing of other diagnostic samples for laboratory testing. Maintains communication and is available to retrieve needed materials.

10%: Responsible for maintaining equipment and adequate inventory of supplies and cleanliness of facility. Maintains and cleans equipment associated with Necropsy and Biopsy areas. Maintains stock of supplies associated with Necropsy and Biopsy areas. Notifies supervisor of needed maintenance or repairs; initiates and follows through with requests and work orders. Other duties as assigned

30% Prepares and processes tissues to produce quality histologic slides employing a variety of histotechniques in a high volume central histopathology laboratory. Tissue processes may require specialized handling techniques (i.e. eyes, bone, etc.). Performs both routine, special staining procedures, and Immunohistochemistry, and must evaluate and solve problems related to techniques. Responsible for performing complex laboratory procedures, evaluates the quality of results, and analyzes deviations in quality using accepted laboratory principles. Requires an understanding of the scientific basis of laboratory methods and ability to evaluate new methods for cost, space and equipment requirements. Revises and updates staining techniques based on acquisition of new knowledge.

Position responsibilities require the educational background and experience to perform standard and recently developed histotechnology laboratory procedures and methods requiring extensive independent judgement and responsibility with minimum supervision. Position responsibilities also require the ability to assist in the training of histology employees as directed by the Histology Supervisor.

The position works under the supervision of the Histology and Necropsy supervisors.

About the Job:

Histology Technician I (RE030)
Histology Technician II (RE031)

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


H.S. Diploma

Bachelor's Degree


Minimum - Two years laboratory experience required.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of comparative animal anatomy
2. Knowledge of basic animal dissection
3. Knowledge of necropsy equipment and supplies
4. Ability to effectively communicate, interact with staff Pathologists and Residents
5. Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures and hygienic cleaning techniques.
6. Good manual dexterity allowing safe handling of a number of tools, including cutting tools.
7. Ability to lift 50-pound objects to a height of 4 feet, and to bend, stoop and twist on a regular basis.
8. Knowledge of the principles of paraffin embedding, tissue sectioning with rotary microtome.
9. Knowledge of hematoxylin and eosin staining principles
10. Knowledge of histochemical special staining techniques
11. Knowledge of immunohistochemical techniques
12. Knowledge of tissue processing requirements and techniques
13. Knowledge of chemical solution preparation and laboratory quality control
14. Knowledge of basic laboratory Q.C. data collection and analysis
15. Ability to problem solve, work independently, and prioritize tasks according to the needs of the department.

Additional Information:

UW Veterinary Care offers competitive wages (including night and weekend differential, if applicable), outstanding employee benefits (, ample paid time off (, and financial support for continuing education and pursuing specialty certification.

The UW-Madison campus and the surrounding area have many enriching opportunities. Madison was named the most bike-friendly city; the Dane County Farmer's Market is one of the largest in the nation; Madison has the most restaurants per capita of any U.S. city; Madison consistently ranks as a top community in which to live, work, and play; and the University is nationally recognized for academics and athletics. Please see the following link for more information:



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Work Schedule:

This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position scheduled to work Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. Hours may vary based on the needs of the department. Night and weekend differential available, if applicable.

Potential for some on-call hours, as required by the hospital.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $16.21 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Begin the online application process by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. Applicants are asked to upload a cover letter outlining your experience as related to the position, current resume, as well as a list of professional references. Please ensure that the resume and cover letter address how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position.


Ceci Escobar Lopez
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Histology Technician I(RE030) or Histology Technician II(RE031)

Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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