Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Eye Bank Scientist examines donated eye tissue microscopically and determines suitability for transplant or research and training. This position does all surgical processing after procurement and ensures the suitability for intended use after processing. The Scientist is primarily responsible for daily operations but also participates in advancing the eye bank with innovation and acts as back up for distribution and lab coordinators. In addition, this position will work in the capacity of a Laboratory Coordinator and as a Distribution Coordinator to provide continuity of operations to Lions Gift of Sight.
Perform microscopic examination of eye tissue brought into eye bank.
Determine suitability for transplant and independently decide what type of transplant surgery the cornea can be used for.
Synthesize microscopic evaluations with information from medical records, donor family interviews, and procurement tech findings to understand the donor’s eye history and suitability for transplant.
Ensure tissue for transplant meets quality standards defined by Lions Gift of Sight, the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Process Donor Eye Tissue:
Perform eye bank procedures to process donor eye tissue with sterile technique to meet surgical demand. Processes include microkeratome and manual dissection for lamellar endothelial keratoplasty, and full thickness cornea and sclera preservation.
Perform circulator duties as needed.
Develop a personal nomogram for microkeratome lamellar dissection.
Assist in development of new techniques as needed.
Assist in writing and revising procedures, on procedure validation, and on training.
Conduct investigations on processing failures.
Assist in wet labs and training for surgeons, fellows and staff. Assist in tours.
20% Laboratory Coordinator:
Perform Surgical Circulator Duties:
Sterilize equipment and supplies and verify sterility.
Prior to procedure prepare environment, supplies, and equipment.
During procedure operate equipment, circulate for operator, and perform documentation.
Clean environment, instruments, and equipment after procedure.
Lab Facility, Supplies, and Equipment:
Complete daily, weekly, quarterly, biannual, and annual cleaning and maintenance.
Perform environmental monitoring.
Order, receive, and check-in supplies; rotate stock and track inventory; obtain certificates of sterilization and quarantine supplies until received.
Clean and maintain equipment and arrange for repair or maintenance.
Calibrate and validate equipment.
Research and order new instruments, supplies, and equipment.
Tray and Kit Manufacture:
Decontaminate and inspect reusable instruments.
Arrange for repair of damaged instruments or order replacements.
Assemble and sterilize trays; validate sterilization of new trays.
Assemble kits for transplant and research procedures.
Fulfill requests and resupply kits and supplies to outstate staff.
Maintain documentation for tracking trays, kits, and supplies.
20% Distribution Coordinator:
Communicate with surgeons and surgery schedulers.
Maintain surgery schedule.
Offer and place eye tissue according to EBAA medical standards and surgeon criteria.
Import eye tissue, if necessary.
Direct lab team on processing requests.
Do quality check on all tissue to be distributed.
Ensure ISBT labeling.
Distribute tissue for transplant and research.
Set up couriers.
Enter tissue details to facilitate invoicing for distributed eye tissue.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BS/BA in the biological sciences or health care and 1 years experience working in a healthcare related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience to total 5 years.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) or CEBT eligible.
Demonstrated skills in microscopy and microsurgery and aseptic technique.
Experience working in a regulated environment.
Experience working with laboratory equipment and equipment computer software.
Internal Number: 341892
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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