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The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 50 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs.
The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. The Center supports one of the broadest ranges of cancer activities in the nation – from fundamental and translational cancer research in molecular genetics and advanced molecular therapeutics, and from population studies of cancer incidence to community education about cancer prevention and risk reduction.
The Histology Research Associate (HRA) will conduct histological procedures in accordance with laboratory requirements. Duties include tissue accessioning, processing, embedding and staining. Will provide frozen and paraffin sections on a daily basis. The incumbent will perform Hematoxylin and Eosin stains on paraffin and frozen sections and review under microscope for quality control. The HRA will harvest tissues from necroscopies and trim tissues to prepare them for processing as needed. Maintains lab and inventory, and reports any equipment malfunction to lab manager. Prepares buffers and solutions as needed. Maintains laboratory environmental health and safety activities, including chemical and biological waste disposal. Coordinates development of tissue repository with lab manager, and coordinates associated activities. Will serve as the principle administrative liaison for the project and will ensure communication with Biorepository staff.
Theoretical knowledge in biology, chemistry, histology and immunohistochemistry or a related field as typically attained by a Bachelor's Degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience cutting frozen and paraffin sections for histology. Proven experience performing hematoxylin and eosin stains on paraffin or frozen sections.
Thorough knowledge in histology, histochemistry and immunohistochemistry techniques. Experience performing immunohistochemistry assays after protocol review.
Experience using balance, processor, embedder, microtome, cryostat and light and epiflurescence microscopes. Comfortable and able to navigate new technology as the laboratory upgrades equipment.
Experience performing special stains on paraffin or frozen sections, using adipose tissue as positive control.
Demonstrated experience calculating and preparing chemical solutions accurately.
Thorough knowledge in basic math for maintaining ledgers, income and expenditures reports.
Proficient experience and knowledge in operating a personal computer using software, including Access, MS Word and Excel.
Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures involved in working with hazardous chemicals and appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment. Ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.
Ability to learn and carry out new experimental procedures with accuracy and efficiency. Must be able to follow step wise experimental protocols. Knowledge of chemical and biological waste disposal.
Strong organizational skills to order and maintain lab equipment and supplies. Skill and ability to keep accurate data.
Experience to write Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for using laboratory equipment following the manual instructions. Experience to instruct personnel with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for routine workflow processes.
Experience to train and instruct new staff, students assistant and volunteers with laboratory standards. Experience providing one-on-one training session for tissue grossing, tissue processing and tissue sectioning.
Good communication skills (verbal and written). Interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, and to effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
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