RESEARCH SPECIALIST A
Duties: This position has two equal components, each of which supports Thoracic Oncology (Lung Cancer) Translational Center of Excellence. The first component includes providing research support in the Circulating Tumor Material laboratory, and the second component research support for thoracic oncologists and clinical research coordinators in the lung cancer clinic.
Circulating Tumor Material Laboratory research support (50%): In the lab, the position will support the Thoracic Oncology (Lung Cancer) Translational Center of Excellence by performing sample receiving, processing, storage, and shipment to study collaborators. This individual will assist in conducting experiments aimed at interrogating patient samples to optimize approaches for the isolation and evaluation of circulating tumor material. The candidate will be asked to learn to run a flow cytometer and CellSearch machine for the analysis and capture of circulating tumor cells (CTCs). The individual will also assist the other research specialist in the daily functions of the laboratory. This person may assist the other research specialists in extracting genetic material from captured CTCs and conduct downstream molecular analysis in collaboration with the Center for Personalized Diagnostics and other on-campus sequencing cores. Given the highly collaborative nature of this work and the need for coordination with multiple clinical trial investigators, excellent organization and communication skills are critical. Responsibilities will also include some administrative duties such as ordering of lab supplies, monitoring and calibration of equipment, and organization of data collected on clinical samples. This cutting edge work will be done in a highly collaborative manner together with laboratories in the Department of Pathology, and physician scientists in the Penn School of Medicine. No animal research.
Lung Cancer Clinic (50%): In the clinic, the candidate will provide research support for the Thoracic Oncology (Lung Cancer) Translational Center of Excellence by assisting the thoracic oncologists and clinical research coordinators with initiating and conducting participant screening and recruitment. The candidate will also coordinate with clinical teams to arrange the study participants' procedures essential to both the clinical and research procedures. The candidate will attend the procedures to procure study specimens and will be responsible for data entry into various databases including but not limited to REDCap, VELOS, and Excel. The candidate will have the primary role in the abstraction of medical record information from subject's electronic medical records, interviews and/or questionnaires for entry into the study research databases, and actively track all enrolled study participants for follow up.
Position is contingent on continued funding.
Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree and at least 0 - 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Proficiency in some of the skills listed above highly desirable. Demonstrated communication and organizational skills required.
Reference Number: 40-24959
Salary Grade: 024
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: DM-Hematology/Oncology Cancer Biology
Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research