Laboratory Technician

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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.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


  • Receive and reconcile Anatomic Pathology specimens for order entry, including rejection of specimens (when applicable)
  • Perform order entry of all Anatomic Pathology specimens into Pathology LIS
  • Perform problem solving of specimens, including extensive phone triage
  • Maintain QC logs for problem cases
  • Triage Anatomic Pathology specimens for various laboratories
  • Notify resident/staff of specimens requiring immediate attention
  • Prepare cases for grossing/make cassettes
  • Operate, maintain, troubleshoot and perform routine maintenance for lab instrumentation, including maintaining equipment maintenance records
  • Maintain an inventory of chemicals used in the laboratory, including maintaining a manifest, and appropriate storage and labeling
  • Reconcile and distribute assets from the pathology lab
  • Retrieve OR specimens from within the OR and floors
  • Pick up Anatomic Pathology specimens from all of the departments various locations and deliver to a central receiving area
  • Gross non-complex samples (if qualified)
  • Section frozen tissue and stain
  • Process specimens and prepare specimen slides and cell blocks using various methods, including staining, coverslipping and labeling of slides
  • File department assets- blocks and slides
  • Package specimens and slides for transport
  • Track assets in Pathology tracking system
  • Maintain and stock supplies/inventory for all the different Anatomic Pathology areas
  • Manage biohazard and chemical waste, including collection and proper disposal
  • Maintain records and documentation required in managing the daily workflow and provide QC/QA monitors
  • Assist with the orientation and training of the other employees.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills required to successfully performing as a team member in a constantly changing environment.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all phases of laboratory work and findings
  • Comply with all the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Mission, Vision, Values and Goals.

Required Qualifications*

In order to be considered for this position the applicant must have met or will have met all the required qualifications prior to the start date of employment. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in the natural or physical sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience is necessary.
  • This position requires frequent standing/walking for long periods of time and the ability to lift up to 20 lbs. Travel between sites may be required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Reasonable knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in laboratory activities is desirable.
  • Previous experience in performance of standard laboratory procedures is highly desirable.

Work Schedule

This full time, 40 hour position is on the evening shift and will be M-F on the day shift.

Union Affiliation

This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by the United Michigan Medicine Allied Professionals (UMMAP), which represents bargaining unit members in all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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.