Research Associate II, Histology (Part Time) (t666)

  • Contract Duration: 8 months, with Potential to Extend
  • Research & Development
  • Cambridge, MA

Website Lenox Executive Search

Description:
Lenox Executive Search is seeking a Research Associate II to fill an 8+ month (with potential to extend) contractual role, with a leading global pharmaceutical company in Cambridge, MA

In this position, you will work within the Integrative Translational Technology (ITT) department to provide histology services to support their preclinical and clinical pipeline. ITT operates within Oncology Therapeutics and is involved with the implementation of innovative cell phenotyping capabilities that drive development of the next generation of immune-modulatory drugs for the treatment of cancer.

***This is a part-time position (up to 20 hours per week). Hours are flexible. ***

OBJECTIVE:
•       Prepare specimens for routine histology procedures, including handling unfixed and fixed rodent tissues, organs, xenograft, and isograft tissue.
•       Processing, paraffin embedding, sectioning, and automated H&E as needed.
•       Slide, block, and image archival.
•       Follow procedures according to established SOPs and other department guidelines.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
•       Tissue handling and preparation:
o       Prepare rodent and cell line specimens for routine histology and immunohistochemistry assays.
o       Formalin tissue processing via automated tissue processor.
o       Paraffin embedding tissue with proper orientation.
o       Microtomy:
o       Sectioning FFPE tissue blocks (both animal and human tissues) and prepare unstained slides for further immunohistochemistry staining by other laboratory scientists in the department.

•       Histology stains:
o       Perform routine hematoxylin and eosin staining via automated instrumentation.
o       Special stains as required
•       Other duties
•        Perform data entry, sample accessioning and sample tracking
•       General laboratory duties that may include instrument routine cleaning and maintenance, lab reagent inventories, processor fluidics change-outs, etc.
•       Use of laboratory LIMS software to initiate and track work
•       Automated slide scanning using a Leica AT-2 scanner

  •      Receives instructions on work and then independently executes assignments.

    SKILLS:
    •       Demonstrates required histotechnologist skill including FFPE microtomy and operation of histology based equipment.
    •       Computer skills including Excel, Word and ability to learn ITT LIMS software
    Leadership (Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, influencing others, managing change)
    •       TBD/Not applicable
    Decision-making and Autonomy (The capacity and authority to make organizational decisions, autonomy in decision-making, complexity of decisions, impact of decisions, problem-soliving)
    •       Recognizes problems related to samples, software, and/or processes and seeks out expertise for proper resolution.
    •       Participates in interactions and collaborations within the ITT group.

    REQUIREMENTS:
    •       Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
    •       BS or associates degree preferred.
    •       2+ years as a histotechnician in an industry or hospital setting.
    •       Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    •       High attention to detail.
    •       Effective time management skills.
    •       Proficient with Microsoft Excel.
    •       Adept at quickly learning new software systems.
    •       Good fit with Company core values and leadership principles.
    •       Right attitude (agile, curious, open-minded, “can-do” mindset).

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