This position provides support for tissue procurement The primary focus will be obtaining consent from study subjects and working with an interdisciplinary team to identify potential donors for inclusion in research studies and collections. The position requires strong customer service and project management skills and the ability to work with VUMC team members in a fast paced environment. Tissue collection, preparing samples for shipping, and Quality Assurance/Quality Compliance work will be done. Candidate must have strong communication skills (written and verbal) and be familiar with performance reporting, key performance indicators and business reporting tools.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Review patient charts and analyze data fro diagnostic tools, disease progression and cancer staging
Obtain consent from study subjects for tissue procurement according to study protocols
Process bio-fluids and tissue specimens
Under minimal supervision follow established protocols for QAQC, secondary checking and shipping frozen and paraffin tissues/slides
Guide junior staff members and report performance indicators to Program Director
Communicate with investigators concerning their requests, schedule orders and ensure outgoing materials are HIPAA compliant, maintain documentation
Attend and present data at monthly lab meetings, assist in gathering data at monthly lab meetings, assist in gathering data for NIH funding opportunities
Submit proficiency testing in respective area and maintain subject matter expertise in 4 operational areas with the lab
Assist in maintaining laboratory equipment and troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment
Present at national and regional meetings, submit posters for ISBER and assist in marketing to the scientific community
Hours will be :
Monday 8:00 to 6:00 PM,
Preferred Education, Skills and Experiences:
Bachelors's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or Psychology is preferred
Prefer completion of the following courses and labs: Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry
Strong customer service and project management skills required
Must have extensive knowledge in reading patient charts and understanding diagnostic tools, disease progression, cancer staging, understanding and reading pathology reports
Prefer experience with IRB related functions, communicating with research investigators, handling human tissues, IOTA and DOT regulations
Experience in consenting patients analyzing data, entering QAQC results, processing bio-fluids and procurement of off-site tissue is required
Microsoft Word Excel, PowerPoint and use of Internet/Web based database knowledge are needed.
Familiarity with the use of the following pieces of equipment: Centrifuges, Datamax bar code printers, HP scanners, cassette labelers required.
Prev ious experience with VPIMS, STARCHART/STARPANEL AND IRB processes would be helpful.
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