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Job Summary

Why join the Cytopathology Laboratory Team?

What makes our position unique is the opportunity to expand your skills beyond those required for the traditional cytotechnologist role and gain knowledge and experience in Anatomic Pathology outside the Cytopathology laboratory. As a Cytotechnologist at Michigan Medicine, you will not only be screening gynecological, non-gynecological and fine needle aspirations (our annual Cytopathology laboratory volume includes approximately 23,000 Thin Prep ® Pap test samples and 9,500 non-gynecologic samples, including 2,800 fine needle aspirations), you will also have the opportunity to participate in onsite assessments of fine needle aspirations, assist the pathologist in the semi-quantitative image analysis of immunohistohemistry biomarkers such as ER, PR and Her-2-neu performed on surgical pathology samples, and receive cross training in preparing frozen section slides for pathologist review to support the surgical pathology frozen section service. If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can broaden your Cytopathology experience, there is no better place than at Michigan Medicine.

What perks and benefits can you look forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage

  • Generous PTO program

  • Opportunities to expand your skills beyond the traditional Cytotechnologists’ responsibilities

  • Direct collaboration with cytopathologists, fellows, and residents as well as other members of the Anatomic Pathology team

  • Opportunities to participate in continuing education programs


  • You will microscopically examine gynecologic, non-gynecologic and fine needle aspiration samples, identify and mark cells of significance, enter your interpretation into the laboratory information system, appropriately triage cases requiring further evaluation either by a QC technologist or pathologist, and issue a report for Pap tests that do not require further review

  • You will participate in performing on-site adequacy assessments of fine needle aspiration samples at a variety of locations including locations that are off site from the main medical campus

  • You will assist with fine needle aspiration procedures that are performed by the pathologist in our fine needle aspiration clinic, including but not limited to completing relevant forms, preparing and staining smears, and operating the ultrasound instrument

  • You will perform scoring of immunohistochemistry biomarkers on tissue samples including but not limited to ER, PR, Her-2-neu and prepare a report for the pathologist

  • You will support the frozen section service including but not limited to preparing frozen section slides for pathologist review at a variety of locations including locations that are off site from the main medical campus

  • You will operate, troubleshoot and maintain equipment needed to perform relevant tasks including but not limited to the microscope, telepathology equipment, digital image analysis equipment and equipment used for frozen sections

  • You will assist in trouble shooting of cytopreparation of cytologic specimens as needed

  • You will maintain workload records and assist in maintaining quality control records

  • You will participate in ongoing continuing education and required annual proficiency testing 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Cytotechnology or a related health science field

  • Graduation from an accredited training program in Cytotechnology

  • Eligibility for certification in Cytotechnology by the American Society of Clinical Pathology

  • Certificate of completion of training for evaluation of Thin Prep®Pap Tests

  • This position requires sitting for long periods of time, using the light microscope for long periods of time, and frequent standing/walking. This position also requires travel to outreach clinics

Work Schedule

This a full time position that would require working a schedule of Monday through Friday, day shift.

Work Locations

This position will be located primarily at the Brighton Center for Specialty Care. You will also have to rotate through our other laboratory locations such as the North Campus Administrative Complex (Ann Arbor), University Hospital (Ann Arbor), and Domino’s Farms (Ann Arbor), and potentially other future locations as the need for Anatomic Pathology services expands.

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.

Please note that for the first phase of this posting, we will be considering internal candidates only in an effort to offer advancement opportunities. You are still able to submit your resume for consideration, but our process for external candidates will begin approximately 30-days after the posting date.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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