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Histology Scientist

The RxCelerate group is an out-sourced drug development platform and is one of the fastest growing companies in the UK.

RxCelerate are in the process of setting up an in-house histopathology laboratory in order to expand our capabilities. As such, we are currently looking to recruit an experienced Histotechnologist / Histology Scientist to facilitate in the set-up and running of this new facility. This position sits within the RxBiology division, where as the Histology Scientist, you will support the In Vivo team with the processing and staining of in vivo tissues. Our in vivo scientists specialise in working with clients to develop bespoke preclinical animal models that are fit for purpose and that answer specific research questions of interest. The Histology Scientist will work closely with the In Vivo team to plan histological components of in vivo studies and to take tissues through to the production of high quality histology slides.

The Role

This is a hands-on role in which the candidate is expected to be experienced in the preparation of tissues taken from laboratory animal species. You will have sound theoretical knowledge of the discipline to accompany practical skills and ideally 3-5 years experience in a research environment. This is a fantastic opportunity for a driven individual to set up and establish a core histology unit within RxCelerate. The candidate should be a careful and methodical worker with keen attention to detail. Excellent and accurate record keeping with a competent level of computer literacy are essential. This role will provide a great variety in the projects undertaken, as part of a supportive and collaborative multidisciplinary company.

Main Responsibilities

  • To facilitate the set-up of RxCelerate’s in-house histopathology resource.
  • To work independently to take fixed tissues through to the production of high quality histology slides, using routine and specialist stains.
  • Responsible for inputting into in vivo projects and planning the histological component of in-house studies.
  • Be responsible for the day to day running of the histology laboratory, including maintenance of equipment and ordering of consumables.

Skills/Requirements

Essential

  • BSc in Biomedical Science or equivalent.
  • Ideally 3-5 years practical experience in a biological / medical / pharmaceutical research environment.
  • Specific expertise in the preparation of tissues taken from laboratory animal species.
  • Flexible: ability to react to changing priorities.
  • Experience of, or interest in acquiring experience in, quantitative histology.
  • Highly organised and self-motivated.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills, with proven ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to multitask and work across multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Good level of computer literacy.

Desirable

  • Experience in facilitating the set-up of a new histopathology laboratory.
  • Experience of frozen tissue preparation.
  • Experience of immunohistochemistry techniques.
  • Experience in the preparation of human tissues.
  • Experience in graphing simple data sets.

Full or part-time working hours are available for this post. RxCelerate offers a competitive salary with an annual bonus scheme and company benefit package. 

When applying for this role, please include a cover letter outlining how you meet the competencies, as described above. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format to careers@rxcelerate.com by Friday 8th January 2021. Informal enquiries can also be directed to this email address. Interviews will be held 18th and 19th January 2021. Applicant must be eligible to work in the UK.

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