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Category Laboratory Location Knoxville, Tennessee Job function Operations Job family Laboratory Operations
Shift Evening Employee type Regular Full-Time Work mode On-site

Cytopreparatory Technician II | Knoxville, TN - Monday through Friday 2pm - 10:30pm

Under general supervision, position is proficient in all of the functions required of the Cytopreparatory Technician I.  They are directly responsible for decision making, interacting and reporting to the Cytology Prep Team Leader/Supervisor and/or Manager. 

  • All job accountabilities and duties required of the Cytopreparatory Technician I. 
  • Accessions and processes Gyn specimens for microscopic evaluation.  This includes assigning accession numbers, Thin Prep Processing, running the stainers, changing reagents, and coverslipping. 
  • Responsible for assuring that all inventories are complete and appropriate supplies are ordered. 
  • Follows all local, business unit, and corporate safety policies and assures compliance of the Cytology Prep Lab. 
  • Responsible for the completion of all quality control, safety, and preventative maintenance logs on a daily basis. 
  • Trains new Cyto Prep techs in proper Cytopreparation techniques and accessioning procedures. 
  • Disposes and labels biohazard waste appropriately. 
  • Minimal Problem-solving. 
  • Maintains specimen identification and integrity throughout all processes of the department. 
  • Must begin and complete all assignments with minimal supervision. 
  • Must be able to collaborate with other departments, colleagues, and clients in problem-solving. 
  • Able to differentiate acceptable and unacceptable processing and staining of specimens. 
  • Data entry skills.   
  • Must have great attention to details and the ability to remain calm in difficult situations. 
  • All other duties as assigned. 


Required Work Experience:  


Preferred Work Experience:  

  • 2 years of Anatomic Pathology experience preferred. 
  • Anatomic Pathology experience is desirable but not required.  

Physical and Mental Requirements:  

  • Finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination.  Handling of specimens and supplies. 
  • Large amounts of standing, sitting, bending, twisting, and reaching.  Lifts and carries objects up to 30 lbs. 
  • Work in a chemical environment. 
  • Risk of exposure to infectious materials and the possibility of injury due to chemicals. 





High School Diploma or Equivalent(Required)

Current state licensure, if applicable(Required)

While we appreciate and value our staffing partners, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. Quest will not be responsible for paying agency fees for any individual as to whom an agency has sent an unsolicited resume.


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