Laboratory Operations Specialist - Pathology
Job Details
Phoenix - CC16 - Phoenix, AZ
Full Time

Job Title: Laboratory Operations Specialist - Pathology

Position Summary:

The Laboratory Operations Specialist is responsible for supporting all CMI laboratory departments with all clerical and ancillary duties in keeping all equipment ready to run for patient output. While maintaining job functions, the Laboratory Operations Specialist is to progress in their learning of the regulations (CLIA, CAP and NYS) which the laboratory functions by. Laboratory Operations Specialists support Specimen Processing Clerks, Histology Technicians, Histology Technologists, Pathology Assistants, Pathologists and Molecular Technicians. This position works under the direction of the Supervisor and follows standard laboratory procedures and policies.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Handles, prepares, and maintains ovens, printers, stainers and other equipment; conducts dehydrating and cover slips slides utilizing manual or automatic systems.
  • Responsible for filing, tracking, retrieval, and accurate record keeping.
  • Maintains diagnostic viability of all specimens and ensures correct patient labeling of all materials.
  • Routinely checks and verifies that surgical case numbers match blocks and slides; prints labels as appropriate.
  • Logs appropriate information into the Laboratory Information System (LIS) and other logs as necessary.
  • Responsible for Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) of cases moving through the laboratory.
  • Assists as needed to perform other related duties and special projects to support the laboratory as required.
  • Accepts other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to take and follow direction and to know who the resources are for their direction.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, and general working knowledge of Internet for business use.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-past, deadline driven environment.
  • Enthusiasm and dedication to meeting group objectives.
  • Executes with a strong attention to detail.
  • Drive for Results (Service, Quality, and Continuous Improvement) – Ensure procedures and processes are in place that lead to delivery of quality results and continually reassess their effectiveness to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Communication – Proficient verbal and written communication skills. Willingness to share and receive information and ideas from all levels of the organization in order to achieve the desired results.
  • Teamwork – Commitment to the successful achievement of team and organizational goals through a desire to participate with and help other members of the team.
  • Customer Service Focus – Demonstrate a focus on listening to and understanding client/customer needs and then delighting the client/customer by exceeding service and quality expectations.
  • Ability to work under routine and stressful situations in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures for biohazards and chemicals, as well as quality control procedures and regulations.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Proven attention to detail with effective organizational skills.
  • Effective interpersonal and team skills.

Education, Certification/Licensure, and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline (or equivalent work experience).
  • Certified as a foreign trained Medical Doctor, Cytotechnologist (ASCP), Pathologist Assistant (ASCP or AAPA) preferred


  • This position requires periodic travel and some evenings, weekends and/or Holidays.

This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Caris Life Sciences is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

*Interested parties should use the link to apply and email their resume to Heather Schmitz at  #LI-HS1