Biobank Coordinator

  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Nov 01, 2020
Full time Education Health Care Research

Job Description

The Biobank Coordinator will carry out the efficient daily operation of the Loyola University Biobank.
The Loyola University Biobank is one of 4 interactive and cooperative cores within the Loyola University Clinical Research Office. The Biobank provides well-controlled, fully compliant, centralized mechanisms for research participant sample collection, storage and distribution. Standard operating procedures are in place to ensure samples are handled/processed appropriately. Specimens are then tracked by the sample management software via a barcode system which provides a real time electronic inventory of samples and a link to user defined sample information.
Project Coordination
– Interact with Biobank Director, other CRO leadership, CRO staff and researchers to support and coordinate projects
– Ensure necessary consents/authorizations are in place for sample collection
– Maintain study records and associated clinical data bases (RedCap) as needed
– Handle sample requests, procure needed authorizations, and process/deliver samples within agreed upon timelines
– Track tasks and deliverables to maintain accurate records and ensure projects meet timelines
– Performs additional duties as required as new studies are initiated

Duties and Responsibilities

Sample Collection, Processing and Banking
– Ensure samples are collected and processed, labelled, stored and cataloged appropriately
– Perform DNA, RNA and protein extraction from blood and tissue samples
– Perform immunohistochemical staining of tissue samples
– Retrieve requested samples and prepare sample inventories/data reports as needed
– Prepare samples for shipping and receiving as needed per protocols
– Maintain sample data bases (freezerworks)

Biobank Management
– Maintain necessary biobank supplies
– Maintain service records and prepare invoices for services
– Work with the Biobank Director to ensure adequate updating and organization of protocols related to research studies, the overall organization of the biobank, as well as the maintenance and calibration of equipment.
– Operate and maintain a variety of scientific instrumentation (e.g. centrifuges, freezers, sample processing machines)

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience:
Lab experience
Preferred: Research expertise, IATA certification

Qualifications

- Excellent communication skills related to:
– interacting professionally with researchers and clinicians
– interacting professionally with patients to obtain informed consent
– Documentation and writing skills
– Demonstrated leadership and motivational capabilities.
– Employment of universal biohazard safety precautions
– Ability to follow oral and written instructions and established procedures
– Ability to perform basic filing, office procedures and word processing
– Ability to maintain accuracy and consistency
– Ability to finish tasks in a timely manner
– Ability to maintain confidentiality
– Ability to deal calmly and courteously with people
– Ability to deal with stressful situations
– Ability to function independently and manage one’s own time and work tasks
– Ability to work as an effective research team member
– Ability to organize workflow

Certificates/Credentials/Licenses

Preferred: IATA Certification