Biospecimen Coordinator

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Oct 2018
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23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

Assume full responsibility for the tracking, processing and shipping of research blood and other biological samples acquired from patients participating in studies coordinated by the Abramson Cancer Center Clinical Research Unit Staff. Coordinate day to day aspects related to receiving, storage and shipping of research specimens, including tracking of receipt and storage of specimens, and scheduling of shipments. Serves as a resource for the study teams for lab processing issues/concerns, assist research teams by answsering sponsor generated laboratory related queries. Maintain collaborative relationships with outside laboratory and medical staff, such as surgery, CTRC and TTAB. Assist in training research assistants assigned to the biospecimen team. Maintain overall organization of laboratory, supplies and study related protocols; maintain supply and lab kit inventory necessary to process the protocol related labwork. Assists with the review and update of protocols to ensure lab capabilities are consistent with protocol requirements and that processing will be compliant with protocol requirements. Provides backup staffing and coverage as needed, and assists with logistical lab questions. Draw blood samples, perform EKGs, and collect vital signs on research participants as needed. Provides other lab-related support as needed.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

HS diploma or GED and 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Certified Medical Assistant with at least 1-2 years experience in a healthcare setting strongly preferred. Clinical research experience and/or experience working as a laboratory technician are highly desirable. Must have effective communication skill as well as strong organizational skills. Flexible scheduling may be required.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.