Associate Scientist/Scientist - IHC


Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, Abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey in the field of In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) at our cutting-edge Waltham site? Abcam, a global leader in life sciences, is seeking an Associate Scientist/Scientist to join our newly established IVD team. If you are passionate about developing innovative IVD products for the pathology market and are well-versed in ISO13485 guidelines and immunohistochemistry best practices, we want to hear from you!

Role and Responsibilities:

As an integral part of our R&D function reporting to the Validation & Technical Quality Department, you will be responsible for:

  • Developing and optimizing immunohistochemistry (IHC) assays using Dako and Leica Bond Rx automated systems.
  • Troubleshooting standardized concentration assessment experiments using Nanodrop, ELISA, or equivalent procedures.
  • Conducting Quality Control (QC) evaluations of IHC slides using Leica Aperio AT2 scanner.
  • Maintaining meticulous records of all experimental testing data and slide evaluation results in accordance with in-house SOPs and ISO 13485 standards.
  • Collaborating closely with the validation and technical quality team, while effectively communicating with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders.
  • Identifying and addressing areas of improvement in the IVD product development process.
  • Ensuring the maintenance of laboratory equipment, inventory supplies, and proper disposal of biohazardous waste.
  • Taking a leadership role in investigations related to nonconformance or CAPA investigations.
  • Adhering strictly to Laboratory SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and working within Abcam's EHS (Environment, Health, and Safety), Ethical, and Quality standards.

Join Abcam's passionate and dynamic IVD team, and contribute to the development of groundbreaking diagnostic products that make a difference in the field of pathology. This is your chance to be a part of a forward-thinking company that values innovation, collaboration, and excellence.


The ideal candidate for the Associate Scientist/Scientist position at Abcam's Waltham, MA location should possess a Master's or Ph.D. degree in a relevant field such as Biology or Biochemistry. Essential qualifications include a demonstrated track record in working with immunohistochemistry (IHC) assays and proficiency with automated systems such as Dako and Leica Bond Rx. In-depth knowledge of ISO13485 guidelines and familiarity with quality control practices are crucial for success in this role.

Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills are essential, along with meticulous organizational abilities for maintaining accurate records. Effective communication and collaboration skills are highly valued, as is the ability to work both independently and within a team. Furthermore, a commitment to upholding safety, ethical, and quality standards is paramount to excel in this role.

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why, in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at Abcam.


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