Job Description

Payroll Title:
Pathology Lab
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
EX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Eves, 6 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#113827 Hospital Lab Tech II - Pathology

Initial Review Date: Fri 1/21/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Please note that this position is a part-time appointment

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/11/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/21/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under direction of supervisor or manager, the Hospital Lab Tech works at various pathology locations and performs sample request handling, accessioning of tissue sample requests, including frequent handling of slides and blocks, assists with preparation of tissue material send-outs for testing, packages materials to ship, receives and files slides and blocks, retrieves slides and blocks from library, pulls slides and images for timor conferences, tracks samples and tissue materials in department and at other UCSD pathology locations, does follow up to locate missing materials, files reports, reports incomplete orders and questions on requests to designated staff, delivers and retrieves materials from lab sections for filling requests, reconciles billing reports, performs technical tasks as directed and trained.

Primary duties will include: Accessioning of cytology and anatomic pathology surgical specimens, processing and staining of cytology specimens, assist physicians with Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) procedures, archiving completed cytology cases. Additional duties will include: Inventory and ordering of supplies, equipment maintenance, preparation of stain reagents, timekeeping, clerical, telephone, communication with laboratory customers and other duties as needed.


  • Graduation from college with a major in an applicable natural science; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • One (1) year of related high volume lab experience, preferably in a large complex healthcare organization.

  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access).

  • Demonstrated high accuracy in work performance.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Strong communication skills.


  • Pathology experience or clinical lab experience.
  • Specimen handling experience.
  • Reference lab specimen send out experience.
  • Bio-hazardous material shipping experience/certification.
  • Basic knowledge of FedEx/UPS send out/tracking and ability to multi-task with exceptional record keeping skills to track packages and pending orders.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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