This position is responsible for providing general research support in the post-life laboratories. The Technician – Pathology & Histology must have a demonstrated understanding of scientific research and methods, proficiency in a limited set of laboratory techniques, and proven ability to work well within a team. This position will report directly to the Supervisor, Pathology and Histology.
Observe and execute activities consistent with study protocols, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or Laboratory Methods, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations, and safety and health practices.
Demonstrate knowledge of basic study design and execution.
Execute key activities on a study following appropriate procedures.
Provide anatomic pathology services following appropriate procedures by collecting and processing tissues for histological diagnostic research, including:
Necropsy of both small and large animal species including non-human primates at animal biosafety levels 1, 2, or 3, as required;
Collection of biological samples including samples for proteomic/genomic analysis and electron microscopy;
Gathering and reviewing experimental data including organ weights and anatomical changes;
Embedding and microtomy of tissues;
Mounting tissues on slides;
Performing various staining techniques;
Cover slipping tissues;
Labeling slides and blocks;
Performing quality checks on finished slides to determine acceptability;
Writing and updating SOPs as necessary and appropriate;
Performing teratological examinations of rodents;
Performing health checks on rodents; and
Performing whole body perfusions on both small and large animal species.
Dependent on Divisional resource availability, the Technician, Anatomic Pathology may be responsible for additional activities, including but not limited to:
Perform maternal evaluations (laparohysterectomy) and teratology evaluations (fetal external, visceral, and skeletal morphology) in rodents and rabbits;
Collect samples and specimens at c-section and necropsy; and
Perform processing and examination of fetal skeletal specimens.
Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) plus 2 years' relevant experience, or Associate's degree plus 6 years' relevant experience, or high school diploma/GED (or equivalent) plus 10 year's relevant experience.
Demonstrated knowledge and application of standard scientific principles, theories, and concepts.
HT (ASCP) certification.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Able to work overtime, weekends, and holidays when necessary.
Demonstrates proficiency in commonly used computer programs (e.g., WORD, EXCEL).
Certifications, Licenses & Registrations
HT (ASCP) certification required, ALAT, LAT, or LATG preferred
Work Environment & Conditions
This position is in a laboratory environment and required the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including (but not limited to):
Eye protection (Safety glasses and/or full face shield)
Respirator (varies based on tasks and barrier requirements)
Nitrile (or equivalent) gloves (varies based on tasks)
Hearing protection (varies based on tasks)
Immunizations are required for this position and are determined by the study/agent. Some examples include Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Smallpox, Polio, and Influenza.
Internal Number: 3756
About Southern Research
Founded in 1941, Southern Research (SR) is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, scientific research organization with more than 400 scientists and engineers working across four divisions: Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Engineering, and Energy & Environment. SR supports the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, defense, aerospace, environmental, and energy industries as we work on behalf of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, major aerospace firms, utility companies, and other private and government organizations. We pursue entrepreneurial and collaborative initiatives to develop and maintain a pipeline of intellectual property and innovative technologies that positively impact real-world problems. SR is headquartered in Birmingham with additional laboratories and offices in Wilsonville, Alabama; Frederick, Maryland; and Houston, Texas.