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#116194 Research Histologist

Initial Review Date: Thu 6/16/2022

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Under general supervision, incumbent will undertake research projects in collaboration with the Principal Investigator, making innovative and significant independent contributions pertaining to lab experiments. Will independently perform anatomical analyses of brain and spinal cord tissue to determine efficacy of various treatments for spinal cord injury. The researcher will section tissue and perform basic and advanced immunohistochemistry and histological techniques. The researcher will quantify anatomical changes related to spinal cord injury and treatments, perform various microscopic analyses and image production, and conduct data acquistion and analysis. Additional responsibilities include overseeing lab, making buffers and solutions, general laboratory maintenance, and ordering lab supplies and equipment. Researcher will provide unique expertise and training to postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, research assistants, and visiting scholars, complete written reports of lab experimental methods, and may contribute to research publications and proposals.


  • Theoretical knowledge in molecular biology or related field, or equivalent education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience performing histology, preparing staining solutions,/buffers, and performing Nissl labeling and histological analysis.

  • Proven experience sectioning biological tissue on microtome, cryostat, and vibratome.

  • Proven ability to make innovative and independent significant contributions to research projects and protocols including development, design, and implementation into research.

  • Experience using a variety of methods and programs for measuring samples (i.e. Stereo Investigator, Neurolucida, Velocity, NIH ImageJ, Fluo View software, etc.).

  • Ability to make important original contributions pertaining to the experimental investigation and analysis of multiple complex research projects including design and direction of multiple research projects, experimental design, coordination of collaborations, experimental execution, data analysis, and production of research finding for publications.

  • Knowledgeable regarding human central nervous system and spinal cord.

  • Demonstrated experience with immunohistochemical techniques.

  • Proven experience with light, fluorescent, and confocal microscopy.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population.

  • Solid computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and a variety of web-based programs. Ability to create and maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction.

  • Ability to oversee laboratory, including laboratory personnel and supplies, coordinate research projects, train personnel on research techniques and use of laboratory equipment and computer systems. Good organizational skills to order and maintain lab equipment and supplies.

  • Effective interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty and students.

  • Knowledge of basic lab safety requirements and EH&S procedures. Knowledge and expertise to train lab personnel and students in safety guidelines, laboratory operations, and experimental techniques. Demonstrated experience working with chemical, radioisotope, and biological hazards. Ability to recognize and take appropriate measures to correct safety measures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Variation of work schedule may be necessary to complete experiments/projects.
  • Must be willing to work with animal tissues in a animal research related work environment.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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