A Laboratory in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology is in need of a Research Assistant II.
This position provides support for tissue procurement. The primary focus will be obtaining consent from study subjects and working with an interdisciplinary team to identify potential donors for inclusion in research studies and collections. The position requires strong customer service and project management skills and the ability to work with VUMC team members in a fast-paced environment. Tissue collection, preparing samples for shipping, and Quality Assurance/Quality Compliance work will be done. The candidate must have strong communication skills (written and verbal) and be familiar with performance reporting, key performance indicators, and business reporting tools.
Position/Shift: Non-Exempt. 5:45am-2:15pm
The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt has a long and rich history of excellence in teaching, clinical service, and research. Our collaborative efforts in personalized medicine in cancer, pharmacogenomics and the creation of Diagnostic Management Teams are at the "leading edge" of a revolution in the practice of pathology. The department lives and breathes our mantra that we are a "laboratory of the whole" for defining the future of pathology. We are committed to taking a leadership role in both basic and translational research in these areas of focus.
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Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Review patient charts and analyze data for diagnostic tools, disease progression and cancer staging
Obtain consent from study subjects for tissue procurement according to study protocols
Process bio-fluids and tissue specimens
Under minimal supervision follow established protocols for QAQC, secondary checking and shipping frozen and paraffin tissues/slides
Guide junior staff members and report performance indicators to Program Director
Communicate with investigators concerning their requests, schedule orders and ensure outgoing materials are HIPAA compliant, maintain documentation
Attend and present data at monthly lab meetings, assist in gathering data at monthly lab meetings, assist in gathering data for NIH funding opportunities
Submit proficiency testing in the respective area and maintain subject matter expertise in 4 operational areas with the lab
Assist in maintaining laboratory equipment and troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment
Present at national and regional meetings, submit posters for ISBER and assist in marketing to the scientific community
Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
Bachelors' Degree in Biology, Chemistry or Psychology is preferred
Prefer completion of the following courses and labs: Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry
Strong customer service and project management skills required
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