Pathology Associate I

Everett, WA, USA Req #970
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Altasciences is a mid-size contract research organization with a unique focus on supporting drug development from lead candidate selection to proof of concept. With over 25 years of industry experience, we provide preclinical and clinical solutions to an international customer base of biopharmaceutical companies. Our full-service offering in this critical stage of drug development includes program management, preclinical safety testing, clinical pharmacology services, manufacturing and analytical services, medical writing, biostatistics, data management, and bioanalysis services tailored to specific research requirements. Altasciences has facilities in Montreal, QC; Kansas City, KS,Seattle, WA and Philadelphia, PA.
Our team is made up of over 1,300 professionals from the medical and scientific fields who work together to achieve a common goal: to contribute to the advancement of life sciences. Bring your talents and forward-thinking approach to Altasciences and help us develop medicines for those who need them, faster.

Do you want to be part of a fast-paced team that works hard and has fun? Do you want to help support the advancement in human health?  Pathology Associate I will provide high quality and timely processing of pathological specimens through gross examinations, necropsies, tissue trimming and tissue processing as specified in company protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).



  • Perform necropsy procedures on, but not limited to, mice, rats, rabbits, canines, and nonhuman primates
  • Organ weighing
  • Perform bone trimming and decalcification procedures and processing
  • Perform trimming procedures (procurement of tissue samples from specified organ systems for processing)
  • Use of an Electronic Data Capture System (EDCS)
  • Heat sealing
  • Archiving
  • Quality check (QC) review
  • Review protocols for correctness
  • Attend in protocol reviews, pre-necropsy meetings and departmental meetings
  • Complete study set-up
  • Maintain necropsy suites, trim rooms and other Pathology lab areas
  • Maintain instruments and equipment
  • Maintaining facility records (i.e., fridge/freezer storage records, wet room storage records, equipment use logs)
  • Assist with chemical management by maintaining stock and working solutions
  • Assist with waste management
  • Ordering and stocking
  • Cross training in Histology
  • Tissue cassette printing
  • Specialized necropsies and tissue trimming procedures as required by protocols
  • Fetal reproductive necropsies


  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) preferred; Associates degree or additional work experience acceptable
  • Experience in a biological science or laboratory related work if B.S. or B.A. degree requirement not met
  • ALAT or LAT certification preferred.
  • Basic computer software skills (MS Office Suite) required
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, software manuals, study documents, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization
  • Ability to understand and utilize appropriate mathematical concepts for calculating and interpreting scientific data
  • Basic bench chemistry skills required. Aptitude to learn new pathology and histology techniques
  • General reading, writing, and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills to include effective communication with supervisors, co-workers, clients, visitors, etc.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables, should possess the ability to deal with problems arising in a variety of research situations
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of anatomic biology preferred


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Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
  • Job Start Date Monday, December 7, 2020
  • Everett, WA, USA