Cancer Center Jobs

Director of Operations, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

The University of Kansas Cancer Center

August 26, 2022
The University of Kansas Cancer Center is seeking a Director of Operations (DO) for the Biospecimen Repository Core Facility (BRCF).

Individual will manage all day-to-day activities of the BRCF overseeing the staff within the three pillars of the BRCF, including recruiting and consenting participants, biobanking and histology, and clinical data management. The DO will plan, direct, and coordinate activities in support of KUCC members and KUMC faculty and their staff regarding the identification of participants, administration of informed consent, collection, banking, and distribution of biospecimen, and clinical annotation to support translational research.

The Biospecimen Core Facility plays a vital role in the University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC) and KU Medical Center (KUMC) by its ethical collection, storage, annotation, and distribution of high quality biospecimens, such as fresh/fresh-frozen tumor tissues of varying histology and bodily fluids (e.g., blood, bone marrow, saliva, urine, ascites fluids) which are essential to support translational research and investigator-initiated studies. The BRCF also provides expert histopathology support and combines the expertise of pathologists, translational researchers, and technical personnel to produce a comprehensive and focused approach to support the research activities at KUCC. The BRCF is fully equipped for biospecimen collection, processing, and distribution, and thus, the BRCF adheres to the OSHA laboratory standards for handling cryogens, ISBER Best Practice for Repositories, NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources and has developed Standard Operating Procedures to govern each of these processes.

Candidate must have a Bachelor's in biology, chemistry, or related disciplines and minimum of 3 years lab management experience. Excellent laboratory activities and in-depth specimen handling knowledge. We prefer candidates with a PhD or MD/PhD in biology, chemistry, or related disciplines is preferred. Previous supervision of laboratory staff in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-approved/College of American Pathology (CAP) accredited laboratory.  Previous experience in managing an active biobank including investigator services, biospecimen acquisition, biospecimen processing, storage management, biospecimen distribution, and histopathology.

To apply for this position, please go to: BRCF, Director of Operations.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the only NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in our region across 3 medical school campuses and 4 community sites and collaborates with the Masonic Cancer Alliance (MCA). We are doing great work in the field of clinical research. Our patients gain access to the most promising therapies, cutting-edge clinical trials and world class research.

We are in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City offers the best of all worlds from world class shopping and dining experiences to unmatched opportunities for culture, sports and entertainment. There is plenty to recommend about this region to anyone seeking a higher quality of life.

We offer competitive compensation, relocation assistance and excellent state of Kansas employee benefits.