Research Histotechnologist – OBRL

Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 01 Dec 2021

Posting Details
Working Title Research Histotechnologist – OBRL
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101088AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Research Associate I
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $45,000 - $55,000
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: & .
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/01/2021
Description of Work Unit
As one of the nation’s top public research universities, Colorado State University is a land-grant institution, with enrollment of more than 33,000 students. CSU offers 76 undergraduate degree programs, 114 graduate degree programs, 21 professional master’s degree programs, and a Professional Veterinary Medicine program. CSU’s world-class research and scholarship attract more than$370 million in research funding every year, ranking second nationally in federal research funding for universities without a medical school. Fort Collins is an attractive community of approximately 170,000 located along the Colorado Front Range at the base of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. The city is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. It consistently ranks high on quality of life measures by numerous publications; see for the complete list. The Front Range has developed into a high-tech hub with companies such as Woodward, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Broadcomm, AMD, Xilinx, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman located in or near Fort Collins. The city offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. For more information on Fort Collins, check out the City’s website:
The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Colorado State University (CSU) offers a curriculum that integrates exceptional classroom learning and in-depth engineering practice for an unparalleled educational experience. Made up of 34 faculty members, 8 staff members, 1,000 undergraduate students, and 125 graduate students, ME is one of the largest departments on CSU’s campus. State-of-the-art labs provide unmatched, hands-on experience to help undergraduate students conceptualize industry environments, and $7.5M in annual research funding provide groundbreaking opportunities focusing on health, materials, and energy, for graduate students to enhance their educational concentrations. Award-winning faculty offer industry and academic perspective, and equip each graduate with the tools needed to obtain leading positions in advanced technology fields. The Mechanical Engineering program at CSU includes majors in both Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering-Mechanical Engineering; both curriculum combine classroom learning with engineering practice. Our goal is to give our graduates the engineering skills they need to obtain leading positions in advanced technology fields. Our students are integral members of our research groups and their thesis and dissertation topics focus on cutting-edge research. Further information about the Department can be found at
The Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory (OBRL) is an interdisciplinary group consisting of faculty from the College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and School of Biomedical Engineering. The Mission of the OBRL program is to improve the health, fight disease, and aid persons with disabilities through merging engineering and life/ biological sciences. The faculty have special interests in the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and neurological systems.
This is a full-time administrative professional position located on our Fort Collins campus with a full benefits package; including 10 paid holidays, 24 accrued vacation days, and 15 accrued sick leave days per year, enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, retirement plan options, work injury benefits, disability insurance, and additional opportunities such as free employee study privilege credits. CSU offers spousal and domestic partner benefits as well. For more information, please visit our Human Resources website:
Position Summary
The Engineering Research Histology Technologist position will support orthopedic and musculoskeletal research within the OBRL’s histology lab. Daily operations of the histology lab may include, but are not limited to, processing tissue samples, creating microscopic tissue slides, maintaining histology lab equipment, maintaining histology lab supplies, imaging slides, and performing slide analyses. The Engineering Research Histology Technologist will maintain excellent data documentation and report writing, and will follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) within the lab at all times.
Required Job Qualifications
• Bachelor of Science in a scientific discipline;
• Demonstrated competence in written communication;
• Minimum of one year of experience in a histology lab in a research or clinical setting;
• Experience in one or more of the following areas: large format undecalcified histology, decalcified histology, neurological tissue histology, experimental instrumentation, animal experimentation, GLP protocols, report writing, static histomorphometry, dynamic histomorphometry, histology slide imaging; and
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work in a team environment.
Preferred Job Qualifications
• Histotechnician or histotechnologist.
Diversity Statement
Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Histology Lab Operations and Technical Work
• Process tissue samples;
• Create microscopic tissue slides;
• Image slides;
• Perform slide analyses;
• Create histologic preparations using paraffin and acrylosin embedding methods
• Perform histomorphometric analyses of histological sections;
• Maintain histology lab equipment and supplies;
• Assist with micro-computed tomography scans and analysis; and
• Other duties as assigned.
Percentage Of Time 80%
Job Duty Category Manage Histology Phase Contract Research Projects
• Manage timelines and deadlines;
• Control the quality of research;
• Manage data and performing statistical analyses;
• Maintain and update laboratory protocols, Standard Operating Procedures, and quality control/ assurance measures;
• Generate progress reports;
• Generate final reports;
• Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) protocols; and 
• Act as a resource for histology knowledge for research protocols.
Percentage Of Time 20%

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by 12/01/2021, 11:59pm (MT). Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications for the position, a current resume or CV, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Heather Troyer at
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
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EEO Statement
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The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
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Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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