Research Histology Specialist job Philadelphia Pennsylvania
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Research Histology Specialist Job

Employer Name: SpiderID: 12149123
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Date Posted: 2/23/2022
Wage: Negotiable Category: Science/Research
Job Code: R100044250

Job Description:


The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is currently seeking a Research Histology Specialist (Research Associate 3) who will join the Cancer Modeling Shared Resource. This translational Facility provides qualified, cost effective and state-of-the art services to foster cancer research advancements and accelerate the discovery of tailored antitumor therapies, including histopathological analysis for the analysis of targeted cancer therapies, like traditional and new biomarker validation. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing complex histological procedures within the specialized scientific service core laboratory as a member of a high-performance project team. This person will be responsible for all histology laboratory duties from collection to the preparation of tissue samples for review and storage, including microtomy, IHC, and special staining. He or she will be responsible for the oversight in prioritizing testing procedures, completing those procedures in an accurate and timely manner and maintaining proper accurate records of all tests done in accordance with established policies, procedures and regulations.


  • Facilitate team work flows in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, and goals are completed and coordinated with management.

  • Manage and perform all aspects of operation in the Histology area including preparation and maintenance of records and reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation, quality control and compliance. This includes keeping accurate computer research records, maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases, record experimental data, prepare data for analysis, and contribute to the analysis, as well as maintaining records for quality control and quality assurance.

  • Perform and train personnel on histology-related techniques, including animal necropsy, tissue trim and embedding following defined standard operating procedure (SOP); paraffin microtomy and OCT cryotomy, complex serial and step sectioning; histological staining, immunohistochemistry and in-situ hybrization techniques.

  • Develop, adapt and implement new lab and histological procedures, including biomarker characterization.

  • Work independently and be able to solve technical and scientific problems.

  • Monitor timelines and track study/project performance, including quality of the work and turnaround time, and analyze the successful completion of short- and long-term goals.

  • Develop and implement QA procedures, including preparing laboratory for quality control inspections related to relevant accreditations (e.g., CAP, GLP). Prepare online request form and materials for brochures and reports, as required by the study/project. Review documents to generate reports, including the implementation of a tracking and laboratory information system. Reviews data collected and inserts into the study/project database. Review and track client requests, medical reports, and samples, including the supervision of tissue block access, retrieval, and inventory control.

  • Meet budgetary objectives and adjust project scope, project schedule and project costs based on project constraints and financial analysis. Develop service fees.

  • Assist researchers and lab members with/while establishing, developing and performing appropriate histological protocols using advanced techniques to prepare tissue for examination and analysis. These protocols usually include grossing and fixation, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining.

  • Oversee other support staff, plan their day-to-day workload by setting the work pace, coordinating work assignments, identifying and solving problems, and define appropriate completion times. Distribute and balance workload and tasks (including grossing) with established work flow, skill level and occupational specialization; make the necessary adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned research team tasks. Schedule coverage for the subsections within the work unit, adjusting in lieu days and annual leave as needed.

  • Assist with lab management duties; ensure equipment is operated and maintained according to manufacturer's instructions; ensure supplies are adequate for the work to be performed.

  • Schedule and support other lab members on a variety of additional routine technical laboratory procedures in molecular biology, cell culture and animal-related techniques, like genotyping, prepare and administer compounds to mice, observing and recording physical signs of rodent health, collection of routine diagnostic samples, necropsy and tissue and organ harvest, rodent surgical procedures, non-invasive imaging of mice.

  • Adhere to University and unit-level policies and procedures; safeguard University assets; participate in University/outside educational training as required.

  • Maintain accurate records for quality control, quality assurance and research data. Develop and implement a quality control system.

  • Perform other duties as requested.


  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field required

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:

  • Skill in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail.

  • Ability to analyze, organize and prioritize work under pressure while meeting deadlines.

  • Ability to process and handle confidential information with discretion.

  • Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends as necessary.

  • Commitment to the University's core values.

  • Ability to work independently and/or in a collaborative environment.

  • Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends as necessary.

Job Criteria:
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Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
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Contact Information:
Contact Name: University of Miami Health System Company Type:
Company: University of Miami Health System

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