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That's why our Lab Ops team is focused on providing physicians with comprehensive genomic information about each person's cancer. Information that's as unique as the patients are. The insights discovered in our labs may help change their story.


IHC Lead Technologist

  • Kit Creek Road, Morrisville, North Carolina, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The IHC Lead Technologist performs and leads day-to-day routine Immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing on patient samples in a high complex clinical diagnostic laboratory using a variety of automated platforms for microscopic examination and analysis by the Pathologist. The incumbent has a strong knowledge of accreditation and regulatory standards. In addition, the IHC Lead Technology demonstrates a commitment to meeting TAT objectives, quality metrics, key performance indicators, and ensuring an environment of continuous improvement.

The IHC Lead Technologist may be asked to cover scheduling gaps and is included in the on-call rotation for additional weekend and/or holiday technical support.

This is a regulated position and additional information may be available from QA on the qualifications for this role pertaining to regulatory guidelines.

Regular onsite work at a designated FMI location is an essential function of this role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead day-to-day activities and workflow of the clinical IHC laboratory.
  • Perform Automated Immunohistochemistry (IHC) using both the Dako Autostainer Link 48 and Ventana Benchmark Ultra Staining Systems.
  • Operate a microtome to produce slides from paraffin blocks.
  • Perform QC and/or verification steps for receiving and delivering specimens for IHC staining.
  • Perform the assigned tests or components of the test in accordance with assay run schedule, accurately, and within TAT and always in compliance with written SOPs.
  • Finalize test orders to deliver to requesting pathologist.
  • Lead or coordinate tissue, reagent, and assay quality control and validations as needed.
  • Perform routine H&E staining with possible other histological staining methods introduced over time.
  • Maintain proper sample chain of custody including proper specimen handling, labeling, and preparation of batch records.
  • Maintain adequate stock and efficient use of supplies necessary for performing all procedures, and preparation of reagents as required.
  • Assist in maintaining an organized lab space.
  • Follow written lab Standard Operating procedures for the correct handling and processing of specimens.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of laboratory processes to ensure effective troubleshooting of assays and instrumentation.
  • Serve as a technical resource for problem solving and process improvement to ensure accurate test performance and meets all quality goals.
  • Demonstrate capability of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of tests results and takes appropriate action.
  • Maintain attention to detail for quality completion of each task.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot equipment/instrumentations.
  • Communicate with the Asset Management team and IHC Supervisors when equipment needs repair.
  • Assist in the development of competency, training, and orientation of the IHC staff.
  • Support department supervisor on any employee related concerns.
  • Effectively communicate deficiencies to appropriate personnel, including deficiencies related to specimens, paperwork, database information, and equipment.
  • Investigate Root Cause Analysis (RCA), write Incident/Event Report (INC), Non-Conformance Report (NCR), and Corrective Action & Preventative Action (CAPA).
  • Troubleshoot issues while working with staff to document the quality issues.
  • Participate on cross-functional teams to coordinate troubleshooting, process improvements, SOP revisions, and/or implement new workflows or products.
  • Monitor and communicate inventory of supply and reagent needs as they diminish.
  • Assist with equipment validation (find cases, work through optimization, etc.) and work with outside vendors, when required.
  • Operate and maintain all IHC lab equipment in proper state of readiness and cleanliness. Record and monitor monthly logs for all required areas.
  • Collect and publish routine processing and operational metrics and execute countermeasures to ensure daily processing goals are met.
  • Ensure that quality tissue specimen slides and stain results are obtained and delivered to the Pathologist within established quality standards.
  • Adhere to laboratory’s quality control policies (GCP, CAP/CLIA, ISO) and document all quality control activities with the ability to recognize outliers and correct them.
  • Oversee CAP surveys and CAP checklist (IHC)
  • Support the lab supervisors with maintaining and publishing the lab schedule and/or processing metrics
  • Participate in biohazard, chemical, and general safety and other continuing education programs.
  • Receive and transmit telephone calls and/or emails regarding patient sample processing.
  • Resolve high volume email inquiry request.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological or life sciences
  • 5+ years of Histology laboratory work experience in a CAP/CLIA regulated laboratory
  • 5+ years’ experience working with Dako, Leica, or Ventana Autostainer
  • Qualifies as General Supervisor according to CAP regulations
  • Certification as a Histology Technician (HT) or Histology Technologist (HTL), and/or Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC) from the American Society Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification is required within 6 months of hire

Preferred Qualifications

  • 6+ years of laboratory work experience in a CAP/CLIA regulated lab
  • 6+ years of experience in Histology experience
  • 6+ years of experience in Immunohistochemistry testing (manual and automated)
  • Familiarity with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • Relevant experience in a regulated laboratory environment (such as CAP/CLIA)
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory safety protocols
  • Demonstrated experience working within tight timelines for successful execution of project and
  • program goals
  • Demonstrated experience handling multiple tasks at once
  • Demonstrated Ability to:
    • Work independently as well as collaborate with peers in a fast-paced and cross-functional
    • Utilize a laboratory information management system (LIMs, MS Office esp. Excel)
    • Work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor
    • Prioritize and thoroughly follow up on assigned tasks
    • Adapt to changing procedures, policies and work environment
    • Perform work in a lab environment in the presence of chemicals and reagents
    • Learn new tasks in appropriate timeframes
    • Prioritize and thoroughly follow up on assigned tasks
    • Understand and communicate scientific or technical information
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include excellent skills in written and oral communication,
  • collaboration, and problem solving
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of privacy of patient data
  • Commitment to FMI values: patients, innovation, collaboration, and passion


Please be aware that Foundation Medicine mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Confidence, or the belief that we need to check every box before applying for a job, can sometimes hold us back from going after a role that inspires us. At Foundation Medicine there's no such thing as the 'perfect' applicant, and our company is a place where every employee can make an impact and continue to grow whatever background they may have or path they may have taken. So, as long as you meet the basic qualifications for a role, please apply if you see a position that would make you excited to come into Foundation Medicine every day and help us transform cancer care.

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