DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES
ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: 12/22/2010
Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.EXAM NUMBER:Y4954ITYPE OF RECRUITMENT
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITYDEFINITION:
Prepares and processes tissue specimens for light and electron microscopic and immunohistochemical analyses by the pathologist.
Essential Job Functions
- Prepares surgical specimens for fixation, dehydration and embedding in wax or plastic for sectioning.
- Cuts with microtome or ultramicrotome instruments, paraffin and plastic sections for study and viewing by a pathologist using light and electron microscopes.
- Stains slides from paraffin and plastic embedded sections using routine, special or histochemical stains to demonstrate pathological features of the tissue.
- Assures that all required chemicals and solutions are properly prepared and in place for proper infiltration of tissue during processing.
- Inspects and positions block with specimen for best orientation, to enable the pathologist to make a diagnosis through the use of light and/or electron microscopy.
- Prepares varied stains and solutions used for morphologic studies on surgical specimens as directed by established laboratory procedures and maintained in written protocols.
- Inspects microtome, ultramicrotome, cryostat, and tissue processor for general maintenance and use.
- Operates an electron microscope to inspect sections of selected tissue.
Requirements SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:OPTION I -
One year's experience in the preparation of tissue specimens for morphological analysis under a light and electron microscope, including sectioning and staining from paraffin or plastic blocks, in an approved laboratory* .OPTION II -
An Associate of Science Degree** or equivalent from an accredited college or trade school with specialization in histology or electron microscopy or in a related laboratory field and practical experience in the processing and staining of specimens for morphologic examination.PHYSICAL CLASS II - Light:
Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.Special Requirement Information:
*An approved laboratory is defined as a clinical laboratory that has a federal issued Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment Laboratory Certificate of Accreditation that authorizes the laboratory to accept human specimens for the purpose of performing laboratory examinations, and is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) or Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
**In order to receive credit for any college course work, or any type of college degree, such as a Associate's or Bachelor's degree, or for completion of a certificate program, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization; or official certificates with your applicationat time of filing or within 15 calendar days of filing online.DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
A Bachelor of Science degree** in Laboratory Science or a related laboratory field from an accredited college or university.
Additional Information Examination Content:
This examination will consist of an evaluation of training, experience and education based uponapplication information and desirable qualifications weighted at 100%.Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.
Applications will be processed on an"as-received"
basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
The names of candidates receiving a passing score on the examination will be added to the eligible register and will appear in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.Special Information:
Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.Vacancy Information:
The current vacancy is located at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; however the eligible register from this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Health Services as they occur.Available Shift:
AnyAPPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" tab for this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.
from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT
be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION
and you may be DISQUALIFIED.
This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met. Application filing may be suspended at any time without advance notice.
Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work performed, and salary earned. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected. Applications electronically received after 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing will not be accepted.NOTE:
If you are unable to attach required documents, you must fax them to 323-869-0942 or email the documents to the exam analyst,within 15 calendar days of filing online. Please include the exam number and the exam title.SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security number (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.ADA COORDINATOR PHONE:
323-914-7042CALIFORNIA RELAY SERVICES PHONE:
(800) 735-2922DEPARTMENT CONTACT:
Eric Sanchez, Exam Analyst