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Assistant Director, Biospecimen Core Lab

Louisiana Cancer Research Center

August 15, 2022
The Louisiana Cancer Research Center is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Assistant Director in its Biospecimen Core Lab.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Biospecimen Core Lab Assistant Director is responsible for the overall supervision of the core within a highly collaborative research environment. Provides leadership to all areas of the core, to deliver high quality tissues and data annotation in compliance with institutional, state and federal regulations.   Broad responsibilities of the incumbent will entail collection management, data management, administration and advisory; and supervision and training. The incumbent will set goals, develop, update and implement policies and procedures based on “best practices”


ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:


·         Identifies and applies protocol specific specimens (Tissue/Blood) processing techniques to the selected surgical cases to be collected daily for research protocols

·         To engage in special projects leveraging the Core to advance investigators’ science

·         Participates on the Tissue Utilization Review Committee (TURC) by providing data and keeping committee members aware of relevant details and issues.

·         Acts as a resource to LCRC researchers and affiliates, while providing guidance and oversight of the release of tissues for basic research and clinical trials protocols

·         Sets goals and provides training, supervision, and guidance to the core staff; and also performs performance reviews.

·         Plays a key role in the development, implementation and maintenance of data tracking methods and/or biobanking solutions within the Core Facility

·         Activates collection sites, by evaluating and facilitating memos of understanding and business associate agreements as needed.

·         High level of communication with surgeons/clinicians to assure they are in compliance with core regulations (i.e. IRB, HIPAA and CITI compliant). 

·         With input from the Core’s Scientific Advisors, supervises the development and implementation of standard operating procedures.

·         Works with the Core’s Scientific Advisors to develop best practices resulting in streamlined processes and efficient use of resources.

·         Actively participates in the implementation and incorporation of new services and cutting edge technologies within the core.

·         Prepares, manages and adheres to Biospecimen Core’s annual budgets and assists in developing and updating fee schedules for cost recovery.

·         Participates in the implementation and management of QA/QC processes for specimens; and develops random audit procedures.

·         Works with LCRC Environmental Health and Safety staff to develop, implement, and maintain disaster preparedness and recovery plans for the Core.

·         Observes, enforces, and ensures application of General Safety Guidelines, including general laboratory safety rules and guidelines outlined in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations.

·         Ensures compliance with HIPAA and human subject protections regulations pertaining to specific collection protocols and hospital policies.

·         Serves as the LCRC’s Human Research Protections administrator.

·         Anticipates and troubleshoots atypical cases and develops approaches to troubleshoot sample processing these cases to ensure proper sample collection.

·         Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in a biology, chemistry, or a related discipline such as biochemistry, molecular biology, or biomedical science and at least five years of related experience with a minimum of two years at a supervisory/management level.


Substitutions:

·         Doctoral Degree in a biology, chemistry, or a related discipline such as biochemistry, molecular biology, or biomedical science and at least 3 years of related experience with a minimum of two years at a supervisory/management level or,

·         Bachelor’s Degree with a major in life sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, medical technology or related field) and a minimum of seven years of related experience, and a minimum of three years managing a biospecimen or analogous scientific core.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

The following is a list of preferred qualifications in addition to the above:

·         Doctoral Degree in life sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, medical technology or related field);

·         Two or more years of hands–on experience in Tissue Procurement, histopathology or Pathology related field

·         Ability to conduct biological research experiments and analysis using scientific methods and techniques 

·         Familiarity or experience with the implementation or maintenance of a research biobanking system or solutions

·         Familiarity with Sterile Technique, scientific calculations, and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)

·         Experience managing a biorepository or other laboratory environment utilizing human biologic specimens with knowledge of or training in biobanking best practices is highly preferred.

·         Familiarity with HIPAA and Human Subjects Protections regulations.

Send resume/cv with cover to [email protected]