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Senior Histology Analyst

Orange County Metro Area, CA

Posted: 04/03/2019 Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -042019-24478

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY:
  • The Senior Histology Analyst is responsible for proficiently performing histological lab techniques in the non-clinical pathology research lab.
  • This individual will provide histology support for the Non-Clinical and Translational Sciences Department.
  • Functions include all phases of tissue preparation, including paraffin and frozen technique, routine H&E (Hematoxylin & Eosin) staining, special stains technique (histochemisty), basic and advanced immunohistochemistry, microscopy and image analysis.
  • The Senior Histology Analyst is also responsible for specialized ocular tissue processing and sectioning techniques to support ophthalmic drug development.

Additional responsibilities include: the maintenance and operation of histology equipment; tracking, shipping and receiving histology samples, assisting in necropsy as needed, image analysis and working closely with colleagues to manage multiple projects.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Collaboration with pathology lab scientists, technicians and pathologists to perform routine histology sample preparation techniques with high quality. 50%
  • Perform specialized histology techniques, such as ocular tissue trimming, embedding and sectioning, as well as frozen sectioning, etc. according to high quality standards. Training will be provided, if necessary. 20%
  • Serve as primary contact with veterinary pathologist to manage study samples and slides. Ship, receive and track study samples in timely manner. 15%
  • Preparation of reagents and solutions for fixation and stain techniques. Selection of appropriate materials and instrumentation from qualified suppliers.
  • Operate, maintain, and manage schedule for shared laboratory/histology equipment (microtome, cryostat, tissue processor, embedding units, stainer/coverslipper, balances, incubator, waterbath, microscope, etc.) as required. 10%
  • Follow Laboratory Safety Standards, proper Biohazard & Chemical Waste Disposal, and comply with appropriate standards. Adhere to company work standards and Code of Conduct. 5%

JOB QUALIFICATIONS (MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS):
  • The requirements described in this section are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Education and Experience:
  • B.S. in Biology or related science required, M.S. or higher preferred, or equivalent experience considered.
  • Technical Certification (HT, HTL, QIHC, or related) preferred
  • 8-10 years histology laboratory experience, including histochemistry (Special Stains)
  • 3-5 years immunohistochemistry experience or other advanced technical expertise

Essential Skills, Experience, and Competencies (includes Licenses, Credentials):
  • Histology, Histochemistry (Special Stains) & Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Techniques
  • Cell Biology and Tissue Structure knowledge
  • Laboratory & Chemical safety, and Blood Borne Pathogens training
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook required;
  • Organizational Skills; and the ability to organize and prioritize tasks/projects
  • Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written with all levels of management, internal/external customers, vendors, and those of diverse cultures
  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Basic Mechanical skills and lifting up to 20 lbs
  • Good visual skills, manual dexterity and eye-to-hand coordination
  • Ability to follow and Work Instructions with attention to detail
  • Strong math skills, aptitude for analysis, and technical writing
  • Microscopic and Image analysis experience required
  • Ocular tissue histology a plus
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