Biopsy Technician


Biopsy Technician (2 positions available)

Position Type

Full-time employment for one full year, from early June to end of June


Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the Allina Central Laboratory


Monday – Friday; 1:00 am – 9:30 pm (there is flexibility in the hours)

Job Description

The Biopsy Technician role is a full-time position that involves working alongside HPA’s accomplished Pathologists’ Assistants and other healthcare professionals in the laboratory diagnostic process. As a Biopsy Technician, you will perform gross examinations of routine pathology specimens. A gross exam is the visual inspection of tissue removed from patients during surgical procedures. It involves describing, measuring, and sometimes manipulating the tissue (using ink or sectioning with a scalpel) before submitting the tissue for histologic processing. Gross examination of pathology specimens is one of the first and most critical parts of the laboratory diagnostic process and an integral part of patient care.

Specific duties:

  • Perform gross examinations of patient tissue specimens under the indirect supervision of a Pathologists’ Assistant
  • Data entry of pathologic data into the electronic medical record
  • Assist with the management of surgical specimens, including “flagging” cases for cancer prioritization processing

Prerequisites and required skills:

  • Graduated from a 4-year program with a bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science
  • Highly proficient with computers and technology
  • Organized and detailed-oriented
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • High-level of enthusiasm and client-service orientation