Pathologists' Assistant
Job Details
Tukwila - Main Lab PLLC - Tukwila, WA
Full Time
2nd Shift

Position Summary:

The purpose of the Pathologists' Assistant (PA) is to aid pathologists with the diagnosis of each case on the specimen level. Under the supervision of the Grossing Supervisor and general technical direction of pathologists, the PA is responsible for the description and dissection of all moderate and complex specimens, in a fast paced, high volume environment. The PA is also expected to maintain ASCP certification. The PA must adhere to HIPAA standards. Due to various environmental hazards presented in the workplace such as formalin, communicable disease, fresh human tissue, etc., employees must also adhere to strict Standard Operating Procedures and Personal Protective Equipment requirements.

Scheduled Hours: 4:00pm -12:30 am M-F


Essential Duties:


  1. Triage specimens for gross dissection
  2. Gross all types of surgical specimens, simple to complex
  3. Gross Photography
  4. Handling of certain tissue types for special studies
  5. Troubleshoot including reaccessioning cases, auditing specimen codes, field questions from various laboratory departments
  6. Assist with autopsy as needed
  7. Assist with research as needed
  8. Assist in training of new staff and competency assessments as needed
  9. Other duties as assigned




  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  2. Excellent attention to detail
  3. Basic PC skills including Microsoft Office Suite, and ability to learn new software
  4. Demonstrate ability to perform effectively under pressure
  5. Highly adaptable
  6. Ability to prioritize
  7. Ability to focus
  8. Must be able to work independently
  9. Strong personal skills




  1. Graduate of a NAACLS accredited Pathologists’ Assistant Program is preferred.
  2. ASCP certified PA
  3. 1+ year of experience in a fast paced, high volume laboratory required


Physical Requirements:


  1. Standing for long time periods
  2. Bending
  3. Walking
  4. Safely lifting up to 50 lbs.
  5. Computer use
  6. Manual dexterity