Washington University of St. Louis PI in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Candidate must be willing to work predominantly evenings and Saturdays. Evening (11 a.m.- 8 p.m.) and Saturday morning (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) hours are anticipated.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Pathology/Immunology - Anatomic Molecular Pathology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Under the direction of the lead PA, PA supervisor and Director of Surgical Pathology, the pathologist assistant examines, describes, and sections biopsies and resection specimens, requiring independent medical judgment with indirect supervision. S/he prepares frozen section tissue and slides for rapid diagnosis; performs general lab functions, technologist activities and quality assurance; maintains laboratory equipment, supplies and records; acts as a technical resource for accessioners, students, residents and other trainees; and supports compliance activities.


  1. Examine, describe, dissect and section biopsies and resection specimens, including dictation of salient gross features under the direction of staff pathologists as follows:
  2. Perform gross dissection of surgical tissues
  3. Dictate gross findings using appropriate terminology
  4. Prepare and submit specimens for histology and other laboratory testing
  5. Photograph specimens as appropriate for use in instruction and documentation
  6. Assure appropriate specimen accessioning
  7. Summarize patient medical history as recorded on the requisition form. Obtain/review pertinent clinical and radiologic data from electronic medical records.
  8. Review requisitions and specimen containers for correct labeling and demographic information, working with accessioning to rectify errors.
  9. Assist with distribution (assignment) of specimens in gross room.
  10. Orient, freeze, cut, and stain frozen sections for intra-operative microscopic evaluation.
  11. Anticipate the need for specialized procedures such as decalcification, lymphoma workup, and ancillary diagnostic tests.
  12. Operate telepathology system.
  13. Assure proper maintenance of equipment, provision of adequate supplies, and cleanliness of the surgical pathology suite.
  14. Perform basic troubleshooting of technical systems used in the course of gross room operations.
  15. Perform such administrative, teaching, and other duties as may be assigned, including didactic and hands-on teaching of pathologists and/or PAs in training.
  16. Experience professional growth and development through educational programs, current literature, inservice meetings, and workshops.
  17. Maintain established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety, accreditation, environmental and infection control standards.
  18. Demonstrate initiative, leadership and organization in addressing problems. Troubleshoot operational and technical workflow issues. Solve day-to-day operational issues in supervisor’s absence. Recommend quality and workflow process improvement.


  1. Identify and sample normal and tumor tissue for tumor banking for both patient care and research requirements.
  2. Learn new skills and technologies as needed to support department goals and objectives.
  3. Operate Voicebrook voice recognition software, Copath lab information system, and other clinical informatics.
  4. Must be able to function independently to gross all common and uncommon specimen types.
  5. Position does not include autopsy requirements.

Required Qualifications

Graduate of accredited pathologist assistant program with certification by ASCP preferred or a minimum of 3 years applicable experience in an accredited laboratory environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or master’s degree from an accredited pathologist assistant program with certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology is preferred.
  • Candidates with comparable educational qualifications, certification, and a minimum of 3 years relevant experience in an accredited laboratory environment will be considered.
  • Advanced knowledge of anatomy as applied to surgical pathology.
  • Advanced knowledge of pathologist assistant principles and practice.
  • Understanding of laboratory accreditation, laboratory safety and infection control.
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and to anticipate emerging organizational needs.
  • Proficiency in use of electronic communications tools and software.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $73,861 - $94,203 annually.

Pre-Employment Screening

Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check, hair sample drug screen, and verification of required professional licenses, registrations, or certifications.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions

  • Requires manual dexterity, visual acuity and color discrimination sufficient to handle gross specimens and instrumentation.
  • Requires ability to safely handle potentially infectious patient specimens, carcinogenic substances, odors and other hazardous materials to which they may be regularly exposed.
  • Typical physical demands include sitting or standing extensively with frequent walking.
  • Must be able to lift all usual specimens in the gross room without assistance (up to 10 kg).
  • Time pressure and stress related to patient care delivery in a tertiary care, academic environment.
  • The laboratory processes 45,000 surgical specimens annually.
  • Funds will be provided for professional development.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Pathologist Assistant - PI - Anatomic Molecular Pathology and WUPATH - 41905

Job ID: 41905

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular