Research Associate in Danvers, Massachusetts at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 11/9/2019

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Job ID: ADV001170

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Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps.  Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 9 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit  for more information.

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Research Associates are responsible for the undertaking of research and development activities to support contracted pharma projects to develop companion diagnostics IVDs. The Research Associate will be responsible for performing required laboratory studies, including making observations, reporting data and providing results to support key decisions within the Pharma Partnerships business unit.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Under the mentorship of the Technical Lead, perform routine laboratory operations tasks with supervision

  • Executing feasibility, development and verification runs for Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and In Situ Hybridization (ISH) In Vitro Diagnostic assays

  • H&E, automated biomarker staining on sectioned FFPE tissue samples

  • Ensure all work is conducted in accordance with applicable protocols and work instructions and that all work is appropriately documented per procedure;

  • Reagent preparation

  • Data entry

  • Edit Quality documents and maintain Quality records of development

  • Work closely with Technical Lead to ensure deliverables are achieved in a timely manner through appropriate scheduling of work and communication on status of assigned tasks.

  • Identifies obstacles to the success of the program and works with the team to develop counter measures

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with all levels of staff is fundamental to this role; and

  • Additional tasks as required

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor degree in scientific discipline or other related discipline required;

  • Ideal candidate has 1 to 4 years’ industry experience preferably gained within an IVD development environment. Experience with IHC and ISH assay development is preferred;

  • Histotechnologist skills (microtomy, tissue handling and staining) or slide scanning/image analysis are a plus;

  • Ability to work in a regulated environment in which diagnostic assays are developed, commercialized and supported (i.e. FDA QSR, ISO 13485, etc.);

  • Ability to evaluate and concisely articulate scientific issues and contribute to the implementation of solutions;

  • Must exercise sound scientific judgement within defined practices and techniques;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

  • Strong interpersonal skills with desire to perform in a dynamic, highly collaborative environment is critical;

  • Excellent prioritization skills to manage multiple tasks;

  • Self-motivated and demonstrates a sense of urgency for project goals; 

  • Seeks and volunteers help when needed and is open to new challenges.

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