The Associate Scientist provides bench support in the Histopathology Core and works independently on execution, pre-analytical testing, and data entry of results for specific clinical trials. The Associate Scientist may also be responsible for creating a clinical trial assay or laboratory developed test.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Note: Other duties may be assigned.
Perform essential histology techniques including tissue processing, embedding, sectioning and staining.
Plan and execute laboratory research and testing of clinical trial patient specimens as assigned. Perform instrument maintenance and function checks and document all activities. Work directly with external vendors as necessary to resolve QC and equipment issues.
Identify and troubleshoot problems that may adversely affect test performance/results. Includes but is not limited to analyzing data for trends and making decisions. For exceedingly complex issues analyze and make recommendations to senior scientific leaders.
Ensure that quality control testing is performed and is within acceptable limits before undertaking patient or clinical trial specimen testing. Train and assist new staff with technical and operational procedures as it relates to the assay. Provide assay maintenance as needed to meet Quality Assurance requirements.
Partner with lead project manager for client meetings; develop and present data collected for assigned projects.
Assist the assay development team with new procedures and assays for new offerings and/or client requests. Includes developing work instructions as well as the assay.
Complete other related duties as assigned.
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MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Degree in Biological Sciences or related scientific discipline with related CAP/CLIA clinical laboratory experience, as indicated below:
oASCP Certification or eligible: Minimum of HT with a preference for QIHC and/or;
oAssociate: Minimum of five (5) years with preference for eight (8) years; or
oBachelors: Minimum of two (2) years with preference for four (4) years
Note: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Strong experience in routine clinical histology and histochemical stain techniques.
Meticulous attention to detail, proficient reasoning and problem-solving skills in experimental design, data analysis, verification, manipulation and interpretation.
Demonstrated experience and understanding of techniques directly applicable to the research services provided by Navigate (e.g. histology, immunohistochemistry, handling and isolation of cells from primary clinical trial patient specimens) is preferred.
Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to apply principles, concepts, practices and standards associated with analytical assay development/validation and/or sample testing in a laboratory setting.
Demonstrated success working independently and in a team environment.
Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Note: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Must be able to perform repetitive movements (pipetting, microtome sectioning). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus and see colors.
Note: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment involves moderate exposure to unusual elements including: extreme temperatures, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and includes the use of protective equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Interaction with laboratory equipment, samples, supplies, and laboratory personnel may be required whereby appropriate precautions are to be taken per the Company s Safety and Injury, Illness and Prevention Plans.
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