Histology, Research Associate (MA)

Job Description
Semma Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing a stem cell-based cell therapy for Type 1 diabetes, is seeking an outstanding RA technician to join its growing Histology team. The full-time role is ideal for an individual with outstanding skills in histology and method development of IHC/IF Assays. Under the supervision of senior scientists, he/she will be responsible for performing experiments using assays in development along with standard operating protocols. The position is located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.


  • Perform all aspects of histology including tissue processing, embedding, microtomy and staining
  • Develop and troubleshoot IHC and immunofluorescence assays
  • Image tissue samples and cell pellets using BF and fluorescence microscopy
  • Assist senior scientists with assay tech transfer to collaborators and CROs
  • Organize, compile results and assist senior scientists for sharing data to senior management
  • Analyze images using common software packages (i.e. Definiens, Halo etc.)
  • Order and stock laboratory with reagents and histology consumables
  • Keep careful records in electronic lab notebooks

Required qualifications:

  • MS in Biological Sciences, or BSc with 5 years’ relevant research experience
  • Demonstrated experience in all aspects of histology and enthusiasm performing this work
  • Demonstrated capability in troubleshooting and analyzing IHC/IF experiments
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask and manage multiple studies
  • Highly self-motivated, team player, with attention to detail
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • Prior industry experience in histology and assay development is a strong plus
  • A strong applicant will also have experience with sectioning medical devices/resin material

Please note that applicants should have authorization to work in the United States. Semma offers competitive pay, health insurance, time-off among other benefits. Please, fill out the form below and include your resume.


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