As part of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the Biorepository & Laboratory Services (BLS) program provides centralized biospecimen support services to basic and translational researchers. The Biological Material Procurement Network (BioNet) division of BLS collects high-quality human research specimens from clinical procedures while prioritizing patient care and confidentiality. BLS is looking to add a full-time Specimen Procurement Technician to the growing BioNet division.
Essential Functions or Job Duties:
(30%) Participant Enrollment
- Obtain and document informed consent from patients according to a specific protocol - Verify informed consent prior to specimen procurement if another party is responsible for consent - Notify the appropriate clinical service areas of collections
(30%) Specimen Procurement
- Prepare collection kits and required paperwork - Coordinate with procedures rooms, surgical pathology, and clinical labs for an efficient specimen collection within required time limits - Be able to grossly examine, aliquot, and preserve specimens as appropriate for projects while maximizing distribution of material - Maintain specimen procurement and quality control records - Enter specimen data into database - Transport specimens to and from partner labs for additional processing - Biobank specimens for BLS as possible - Submit tissues for quality control - Sort specimens and maintain accurate inventory - Distribute specimens to internal and external researcher - Abstract medical charts and produce specimen data reports as needed - Carry pager and coordinate after-hour collections
(15%) Prospective Patient Recruitment
- Evaluate research projects to distribute possible collections - Review weekly procedure schedules and evaluate patient charts for potential specimen collections for current projects - Receive and prepare specimen procurement requests from other responsible parties - Coordinate the daily specimen procurement schedule
(15%) Customer and Team Support
- Provide prompt, responsive customer service for researcher inquiries and service requests - Meet with researchers to evaluate needs and the ability of BLS/BioNet to add value - Network with other departments and organizations to promote the advantages of BLS/BioNet involvement - Assist with the training of new staff, including students, on BLS policies, practices, and procedures. - Provide assistance in other BLS divisions as needed
(5%) Equipment and Supplies
- Monitor inventory and order supplies to ensure uninterrupted workflow - Assist with equipment assessment, installation, qualification, validation, monitoring, and maintenance.
(5%) Procedure Development/Implementation
- Assist with the development and documentation of BLS work process and procedures - Assist with ensuring implementation of working orders, protocol specific instructions and all applicable regulations as they apply to specimen collection, processing, storage and distribution/shipment
Required Qualifications (must be documented on application materials):
- BA/BS in Nursing, Gross Room, Surgical Pathology, Histology, Biological Sciences or related field or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years - Demonstrated/documented knowledge of medical terminology to screen procedures for appropriate specimen collection and to abstract medical information from patient charts - Proficient data entry and computer skills - Fluency in English in order to explain consents to patients and families - Ability to lift 50 lbs in order to lift freezer racks as needed - Ability to follow detailed standard operating procedures - Excellent oral and written communication skills - Excellent customer service skills - Excellent work ethic and teamwork skills - Excellent organization and time management skills; ability to function independently and collaboratively, good problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task - Demonstrated high attention to detail and reliability
- Experience working with patients and obtaining informed consent - Familiarity with clinical workflows - Biorepository, histology, and/or laboratory work experience - Experience with medical charts and EPIC - Knowledge of universal precautions, lab safety procedures, and blood borne pathogens - Experience with Microsoft Office software - Working knowledge or ability to learn and utilize electronic databases - Experience distinguishing and identifying human tissues - Knowledge of HIPAA regulations
Internal Number: 330467
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