Research Associate, Histology

Research and Development · San Diego, California
Department Research and Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Title: Research Associate, Histology

Job Type: Permanent, Full-Time

Location: San Diego, CA

Company Overview:

Organovo Inc. is an early-stage biotechnology company that is developing and utilizing highly customized 3D human tissues as dynamic models of healthy and diseased human biology for drug discovery and development.

We use proprietary technology to build functional 3D human tissues that mimic key aspects of native human tissue composition, architecture, function, and disease. Our advances include cell-type-specific compartments, prevalent intercellular tight junctions, and the formation of microvascular structures. We believe these attributes can enable critical complex, multicellular disease models, that we will use to develop clinically effective drugs for selected therapeutic areas.

Position Overview:

Organovo is focused on the utilization of high fidelity, human 3D cell models for target identification, validation, and drug discovery across a range of therapeutic areas. We are seeking a skilled Research Associate to assist with cell assay development and interrogation of disease biology to support target identification and drug discovery. The successful candidate will play a key role in the ongoing development of Organovo’s scientific technology platform.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare microscopic slides on 3D tissues for research/ drug discovery purposes, including processing, embedding, microtomy, and mounting to include both paraffin processed (FFPE) and frozen tissue under supervision
  • Perform histochemical and immunohistochemical stains under supervision from a senior histologist
  • Record data and maintain instruments
  • Evaluate and image slides under a microscope or scanner
  • Perform image quantification and downstream data analysis under supervision
  • Slide organization, prepare and maintain all necessary reagents, including stains, alcohols, and paraffins according to proper specifications
  • Handling and disposing of hazardous materials
  • Maintaining inventory and records of embedded blocks and prepared slides
  • Help with assays and other project-based needs – ELISA, qPCR, cell culture
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Key Qualifications:

  • Associate/BS degree in biology, bioengineering, biochemistry, or related field
  • 2+ years of industry and/or histology experience preferred
  • Ability and motivation to learn new techniques and lab skills
  • Understanding of general research concepts
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to be proactive, self-motivated, and successful in a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to be flexible with workload and job duties to support team objectives
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills are required


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  • Location
    San Diego, California
  • Department
    Research and Development
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience