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:
Days, 8 hr shifts, Variable

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

#117650 Hospital Lab Technician III

Initial Review Date: Mon 8/1/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/21/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/1/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Perform all duties in a manner consistent with current laboratory safety standards, and technical work in support of and under the direction the section supervisor and/or Pathologist. Under supervision, performs technical tasks and procedures to include preventative maintenance as appropriate in section assigned. Assists in preparing/maintaining compliance as established by regulating agencies such as CAP, TJC, OSHA, and other federal and state agencies. Assist in the gross room to accession specimens, processing of surgical specimens that includes cut frozen sections, slide staining, gross dictation, selection and submission of specimens for histological, microbiological, immunological, electron microscopy and other specialized testing, photographs of specimens, transporting specimen samples, assist in collecting tissues during fine needle aspirations procedures, storage and discard of specimen samples, clean-up and maintenance of the laboratory, and ordering supplies.


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

  • Two (2) 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).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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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