Responsibilities/Duties: The Cancer Biospecimen Coordinator reports directly to Scientific Director- Cancer Research Translational Initiative (CRTI).
40% Data and Bio-specimen Utilization Committee (DBUC) Admin
Manage the already established MCC Data and Bio-specimen Utilization Committee (DBUC) and its operations.
Follow the process for integrated regulatory oversight of data and sample
Work with IT and Translational Therapy Lab to streamline and fulfill biobank requests and facilitate release of integrated data/samples (linking DBUC approval for release of samples to data from BMT Db/CISS/AHC-IE/BPIC). Serve as liasion for this project to ensure that it 1) serves PI/researcher needs, 2) merges seamlessly with existing UMN IT processes, 3) is in compliance with all relevant regulations and 4) is streamlined and efficient between UMN research service providers.
Work with the IRB, investigators and other involved parties to ensure regulatory compliance, in particular to facilitate effective and prospective patient consent for research use of stored samples.
Ensure regulatory compliance and safety of multiple biospecimen banks at the Cancer Center
Serve as research liaison/navigator to MCC PIs to identify existing data/samples/genomics/biostats/bioinformatics support and/or collaborators for proposed projects
Work with DBUC committee to develop SOPS and improve current processes as needed
Track ROI from all MCC biobanks and report metrics to CRTI leadership
Establish best possible business model to account for costs and future support for biospecimen collection and data sharing, with potential for billable services and revenue to offset costs
Prepare agenda and run biobank meetings with DBUC committee, biobank PI and relevant staff members, maintain notes and follow up on action items. Translational Therapy Lab (TTL) staff will do the actual specimen receipt and process while this position will manage the entire process from receiving the request to release of biospecimen/data.
40% Freezer Works Admin:
Onboard different research teams to FW and work with stake holders and generate user and/or training manuals
Perform system analysis of current toolset to identify if it meets the current requirements
Review Test Plans with the CISS team to ensure created toolset will meet all acceptance criteria, and perform Quality Assurance testing as predetermined
Maintain a close collaboration with stake holders across departments and organizational units, examine current operations and procedures and identify inefficiencies, bottlenecks and opportunities for standardization
As a lead administrator, maintain the research portfolios between different research groups, conduct regular meetings and document issues and discussions
20% Support CRTI:
Work with CRTI leadership to identify and implement new opportunities for growth and expand workscopes for DSG, DBUC, etc
Track CRTI’s return on investments
Perform monthly check on billables, invoices and report discrepancies to CRTI leadership
Work with CRTI leadership to develop new processes, SOPs, training materials, templates, etc
Work with CRTI leadership to conduct and facilitate presentations to sponsors and departments regarding CRTI services.
Work on other projects as needed
This position cannot provide visa sponsorship.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS in Biological Sciences, healthcare related field or work experience to equal four years in an area related to this position
Demonstrated/documented excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated/documented excellent customer service skills
Demonstrated/documented excellent work ethic and teamwork skills
Strong organizational skills
Extensive computer experience in Microsoft Office
Prior experience in an academic or clinical research setting, clinical/diagnostic laboratory
Prior experience in biospecimen life-cycle/operations, compliance and management
Knowledge of GCP, medical and/or clinical trial terminology
Experience with data collection, analysis and reporting
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