Research Specialist A
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In the Circulating Tumor Material laboratory, the position will support various cancer studies by performing sample receiving, processing, storage, and shipment to study collaborators. The candidate will also procure study specimens from various cancer clinics and will be responsible for data entry into various databases including but not limited to REDCap, VELOS, and Excel. The individual will also assist the other research specialist in the daily functions of the laboratory. The candidate will provide research support for various cancer studies by assisting the oncologists and clinical research coordinators with initiating and conducting participant screening and recruitment. The candidate will also participate in project meetings and analyze data for grant proposals and manuscripts. Responsibilities will also include some administrative duties such as inventory and ordering of lab supplies, monitoring and calibration of equipment, and organization of data collected on clinical samples. Given the highly collaborative nature of this work, excellent organization and communication skills are critical. This cutting edge work will be done in a highly collaborative manner together with other Penn laboratories, physician scientists in the Penn School of Medicine, and industry partners. No animal research.
A Bachelor’s Degree and at least 0 – 1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience with blood processing, including serum, plasma, and buffy coat, is preferred. Computer proficiency, with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and REDCap is preferred. The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and have the skill and confidence to work independently. Excellent communication, analytical, computer, and organizational skills are essential, as well as keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task in a fast paced work environment. Position contingent upon funding.
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