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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Pathology is seeking a laboratory technician for our expanding Slide Scanning Service. The selected candidate will be expected to use a state of the art slide scanning instrument to generate digital images of histologically mounted tissue sections in support of Pathology’s missions in medical education, tumor board conferences, and research. The candidate will also have clerical responsibilities: keeping track of slide scan request orders, prioritizing as necessary, and accurately entering metadata from each slide into a large database. Thus the candidate must have superb attention to detail, computer skills, an understanding of database management, and be able to develop expertise with custom software.


The person hired for this position will be expected to:

  • Operate slide scanning instruments including (but not necessarily limited to) the Leica Aperio AT2 in such a manner as to
  • Understand theory of operation
  • Track the inflow of glass slides for whole slide imaging
  • Appropriately clean, organize and prepare microscope slides containing histologically mounted tissue for scanning (whole-slide imaging)
  • Appropriately judge the quality of scanned images
  • Recognize routine instrument problems and take appropriate action on his/her own initiative. Recognize unique hardware or software problems and communicate clearly and professionally to supervisor.
  • Recognize any workflow irregularities/inconsistencies and take appropriate action on his/her own initiative. Recognize unique situations and communicate clearly and professionally to supervisor.
  • Track the return of glass slides to clients.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and attitude in interactions with coworkers, supervisors, other Departmental personnel, and hospital patients and their visitors
  • Enter slide metadata into a large database
  • Ensure clients have correctly entered data into slide scan request forms
  • Greater than 99% accuracy in data entry
  • Ability to focus and execute daily in a potentially repetitive work environment
  • Communicate clearly, completely, and professionally at all times with other team members
  • Software
  • The person selected must be able to operate and interact with both our vendor-supplied software & database and custom software developed internally.

Required Qualifications*

  • At least two years college instruction at the undergraduate level, with past exposure to anatomy and physiology being helpful
  • Demonstrated confidence and ability with computers and software
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Ability to focus and execute daily in a repetitive work environment
  • A willingness to adapt to change
  • Willingness to work occasional weekends if required
  • Ability to learn and retain methodological information
  • The ability to prioritize tasks under a potential pressure of time and work volume without sacrificing accuracy
  • A willingness to commit to continuous improvement
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Team player & maintenance of a positive attitude

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in health-care-related field
  • Prior histology lab experience
  • Prior experience in any or all of the following would be helpful:
    • Photography and related software-based image manipulation
    • Web site construction & maintenance
    • Computer coding experience in C++, Java, PHP
    • Audiovisual equipment

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, day shift, with occasional weekends

Work Locations

UM Medical Campus

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.