Date: Jul 12, 2019

Location: South San Francisco, CA, US

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Requisition ID: RES002263

Merck Research Laboratories South San Francisco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and Co., is focused on driving discovery research.  Our new multi-disciplinary discovery research site offers state-of- the-art resources to explore the most promising science combined with Merck’s world-class R&D expertise in small molecules and biologics. Located within the heart of the Bay area’s biomedical community, research conducted in our new laboratories spans exploratory biology through early clinical development and is an integral part of Merck’s powerful world-class network of drug and vaccine discovery.

At Merck, we are inspired by the belief that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to scientific excellence can create medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives. Every employee is building on our proud legacy of scientific breakthrough. Our ability to impact the lives of patients worldwide depends on the integrity, creativity, humility and scientific acumen of our team. We are creating a diverse organization that is inspired by invention and founded on a culture of respect and collaboration. At Merck Research Labs South San Francisco, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills through collaboration with talented and dedicated colleagues while advancing your career.




The Anatomic Pathology group at Merck Research Laboratories, South San Francisco, is seeking an experienced, self-motivated, highly collaborative histotechnician/histotechnologist to join us to help support basic research, mechanistic studies, and biomarker development for evaluations of candidate therapeutics.  The successful candidate will have a strong histology background, excellent organizational skills and be a confident multitasker, able to juggle multiple responsibilities in a team environment, often under stringent time pressures.


Responsibilities for the position will include:
• Assistance with mouse tissue collection/tissue handling at necropsy
• Familiarity with and implementation of routine fixation and decalcification protocols
• Grossing in of a wide array of human and animal tissues, both osseous and non-osseous
• Assistance with data entry and database updating for specimens in in-house tissue bank
• Fixed tissue processing and maintenance of tissue processors
• Tissue embedding into paraffin/OCT
• Sectioning of FFPE and frozen tissue blocks
• Labeling of slides and tissue cassettes using automated slide and cassette printers
• Performance of routine (H&E) and special histochemical stains (both manual and automated)


The successful candidate will be a strong communicator with good writing skills, which will be used to generate well-organized, comprehensive, and timely documentation of work planned and results on completion. The successful candidate may occasionally be responsible, with supervision, for designing small experiments to test new methods, improve old methods, and/or answer well-defined questions pertaining to tissue properties. The successful candidate will consult with investigators on points of technical detail regarding tissue handling as needed. Comfort with common office computer software (e.g. Microsoft Office) is essential.



Education Minimum Requirement:
• BA or BS in the biological sciences

Required Experience and Skills**:
• Minimum of 3 years full-time work in a biological research or clinical laboratory

Preferred Experience and Skills:
• HT(ASCP) or HTL(ASCP) certification
• Familiarity with principles and techniques of immunohistochemistry

The quality of our team is essential to our success. We are creating a new and innovative approach to rewarding our employees and establishing a comprehensive value proposition. Our competitive compensation program and benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products.  Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for us all.


Job: Research Science Generic
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: routine chemicals used in histological staining
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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