Research Technician 2

Washington D.C.
Jan 23, 2019
Apr 05, 2019
Analyst, Research
Full Time
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Research Technician

The position provides skilled medical technology and histology capabilities to support the scope of the pathology and histology services, and the research related functions and goals of the Histopathology Laboratory in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Duties include daily histology sample preparation, sectioning of tissue sections, staining and routine maintenance of equipment.  Provides support of biomarker discovery and validation projects for translational research studies as well as animal model research studies.  Performs specific bench work for basic and clinical research to perform biochemical, molecular biology, serological, microscopic, bacteriological examinations and assays of biological samples.  Prepares billing for completed work to ensure proper payment for services provided. These functions are performed in accordance with Georgetown University Medical Centers policies, procedures and standards. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Manages all technical aspects of experimental design for conducting assigned projects. Performs microtomy, staining, tests, assays and procedures appropriate to the project(s), following specific protocols. Develops and adjusts protocols as necessary to accomplish goals. Problem-solves. Performs special histological stains as applicable to unique projects.  Processes frozen tissue samples including grossing, trimming, embedding, sectioning and staining.
  • Performs grossing, processing and embedding to prepare samples for microtomy.  Provides weekly laboratory equipment maintenance and reagent changes for equipment in the histology department.  Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment and work areas.  Orders and inventories laboratory supplies. Disposes of waste and contaminated materials according to laboratory and institutional policies and procedures. 
  • Prepares billing sheets to reflect and charge for work accomplished.  Maintains accurate and complete records to fulfill requirements of SOPs for multiple specific and unique projects. Reports results by maintaining and updating specific database, logs, applicable to unit/area of duties and research. Contributes to preparation of publications and presentations.
  • Prepares and runs assays such as immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, western blots, ELISA. Microscopic analysis using fluorescence and non-fluorescence probes. Performs biochemical, molecular biological, microscopic, serological, bacteriological, examinations and tests of biological samples
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area and as directed by the Histopathology and Tissue Shared Resource Co-Directors. Assist with clerical tasks and general support related to reports and documentation of results as directed by supervisor. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not considered as all-inclusive. Performs other duties as instructed.


  • Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred) in related field
  • 1 to 3 years of related experience (research/medical/clinical)
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with investigators

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