Research Assoc II - Core Facilities

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Req ID: 26252

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

As part of the BioRepository Resource Center (BioRC) and working closely with the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute, the BioRC Research Associate II will be involved in supporting the CHOP Biobanking Strategic Initiative. The Initiative is aimed at centralizing CHOP’s biobanking efforts and improving the breadth and access to biobanking specimen and information resources.  The BioRC Research Associate II, with support from the Director, will be responsible for helping to manage laboratory and repository personnel and day to day laboratory and repository operations centered on specimen accessioning, processing, storage, distribution, automated nucleic acid extraction, PBMC isolation, and other methodologies and services as needed, in a CAP environment.  The incumbent is responsible for complying with all quality assurance requirements of the BioRC as mandated in its protocols, best practices guidelines, and accreditation standards. The incumbent will help manage biospecimens from diverse sources to support NIH funded scientists, clinical investigators, and institutional needs. The incumbent will help supervise and manage technical employees in various phases of operations.



The ideal candidate will...

• Help to manage and coordinate all Biorepository Resource Center activities relating to the accessioning, processing, storing, distribution, and quality control of biobanked samples.
• Assist in the management of laboratory and repository personnel and the prioritization of work to ensure smooth running of the laboratory and repository.
• Manage day to day logistics in the laboratory and repository including schedules, budget, supplies, and procurement.
• Help train and manage a team in a variety of responsibilities in a changing and dynamic work environment. Take part in recruiting and hiring new team members as needed.
• Take part in provision of laboratory and repository services.
• Ensure procedures are accurate and are accurately followed in the laboratory and repository areas.
• Aid in the pursuit of obtaining CAP accreditation and the maintenance of accreditation thereafter.
• Ensure lab equipment is maintained and a preventative maintenance program is utilized.
• Take part in leading continuous improvement efforts in the laboratory, including testing variability reduction, development of new/improved methods, and cost reduction.

Job Summary (Continued)


• Be proficient at developing and updating standard operating procedures, forms and job aides .
• Help to manage operational metrics and standards, proficiency testing, quality assurance and control, troubleshooting for all laboratory activities.
• Identify and address issues, problems, concerns, corrective actions and monitoring for all laboratory activities including proper escalation to leadership.
• Maintain documentation and records according to regulatory requirements.
• Manage the appropriate data entry and reporting of information into and out of the Laboratory Information Management System.
• Ability to organize & present information in a clear & understandable manner.
• Excellent communication & interpersonal skills to deal with a multi-disciplinary team & ancillary depts.
• Excellent time-management skills & prioritization.


Job Responsibilities 
• Assists Director in the provision of laboratory and repository services
• Supports and manages BioRC-related projects within the federal and institutional regulations and policies
• Collaborates with researchers, external agencies and institutions to develop collaborative support of BioRC projects
• Trains technical staff and students in lab procedures
• Drafts and reviews SOPs and policies
• Assist in composing/developing budgets and agreements for BioRC supported projects
• Promotes free discussion, research progress, and overall morale
• Responsible for appropriate use of research funds
• Will supervises staff and students

Job Responsibilities

  • Assists faculty in the conduct of research of significant value in the basic and/or translational science area
  • Plans, conducts, and manages research projects within the federal and institutional regulations and policies
  • Collaborates with researchers, external agencies and institutions to develop cooperative research initiatives
  • Trains technical staff, students, fellows & physicians in lab procedures
  • Reviews manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
  • Assist in composing/developing applications for grants/contracts for funding of research projects
  • Promotes free discussion, research progress, and overall morale
  • Responsible for appropriate use of research funds
  • May supervises staff and students

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree, 5-7 years of scientifically relevant experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree 10+ years of scientifically relevant experience required


Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

• Terminal degree (PhD), 2 or more years Post-Doctoral fellowship experience; 1-3 years scientifically relevant experience
• Master’s degree, 5-7 years of scientifically relevant experience required
• Bachelor’s degree 10+ years of scientifically relevant experience required

Additional Technical Requirements

• 1-3 years staff management experience preferred
• 1-4 yrs. laboratory direction / management experience preferred
• 1-5 years of experience working with cell and/or molecular biology techniques in a laboratory or repository setting under CLIA/CAP preferred.
• Experience working with human clinical specimens.
• Familiarity with LIMS systems.
• Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).
• Must have excellent English oral and written communication skills.
• Must be organized and have strong attention to detail.
• Must be able to work in the US.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

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