Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
As part of U of M's Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the Biorepository & Laboratory Services (BLS) program provides centralized biospecimen support services to basic and translational researchers. The BLS Repository division offers the research community a growing collection of biobanked specimens and custodial freezer storage. BLS seeks to add a full-time Repository Technician to help support increasing volume of activity and project requests.
Essential Functional or Job Duties:
This position will report directly to the BLS Program Director.
40% Manage physical specimen inventory - Ensure proper organization of all specimens in the BLS program (Mayo Building, 1200 Washington Ave, etc.) - Quality control: ensure specimen collection records match physical inventory, correct discrepancies as needed - Receive samples (banked and custodial) at BLS Repository, accession into BSI database, assign freezer locations - Pull and ship samples from BLS Repository - Develop into BSI database subject matter expert (SME) - Oversee specimen data entry into BSI, including quality control (QC) reads by pathology and results return
30% Customer support - Assist with customer inquiries and education of BLS Repository services and processes - Ensure research projects are properly registered to receive BLS Repository services - Serve as point person for all aspects of inventory requests: receiving request , searching database(s) for availability, assisting with committee review if needed, pulling specimens, documentation, release of specimens and associated clinical data, billing - Serve as point person for all aspects of custodial storage: project set up, overseeing add/pull logistics, kit/label creation, billing
20% Maintenance of equipment and infrastructure - Ensure smooth operation of freezers, liquid nitrogen storage, label printers, and other infrastructure associated with the BLS Repository - Organization and maintenance of freezers, including regular defrosting and cleaning - Document equipment maintenance and function, request service as needed - Management of temperature monitoring system
10% General program support - Assist with creating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for BLS operations - Oversee invoicing for BLS Repository services - Serve as liaison to BLS Student Workers assigned to BLS Repository responsibilities - Perform other duties as assigned by BLS Program Director
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
- Bachelor's degree required (preferred in biology, microbiology, or related laboratory or biomedical science), or a combination of related education and experience totaling at least four years. - Excellent organization, detailed record keeping, and time management skills - Excellent oral and written communication skills - Proficient data entry and computer skills - Excellent customer service skills - Excellent independent work ethic and teamwork skills - Tolerance for ambiguity and willingness to troubleshoot projects per individual researcher specifications - Ability to lift 50 lbs in order to left freezer racks as needed
- Biorepository and/or other biomedical laboratory work experience - Experience with electronic health records - Familiarity with surgical pathology workflows and medical terminology - Knowledge of universal precautions, lab safety procedures, and blood borne pathogens
Internal Number: 340652
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