Jun 02, 2017
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Duties: This position has two equal components. The first component includes providing research support in the Circulating Tumor Material laboratory, and the second component research support for medical oncologists and clinical research coordinators in the pancreatic cancer clinic.

Laboratory (50%): In the lab, the candidate will support the Circulating Tumor Material laboratory by independently performing ELISAs. The candidate will record samples and results in the study databases, conduct preliminary analysis, and prepare summary figures, and text for manuscripts. The candidate will train new lab members and will assist other research specialists in the daily functions of the laboratory. This cutting edge work will be done in a highly collaborative manner together with laboratories in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and physician scientists in the Penn School of Medicine.

Clinic (50%): In the pancreatic cancer clinic, the candidate will provide research support by assisting the medical 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 also independently design study databases and perform database quality-control with minimal supervision. 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. The candidate will also independently perform sample receiving, processing, storage, and shipment to study collaborators.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

Qualifications: Research Specialist B: A Bachelor's Degree and at least 1-2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Previous research experience in performing ELISAs is preferred. Proficiency in some of the skills listed above, including clinical research coordination, is highly desirable. Computer proficiency, with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and REDCap is preferred. Previous experience with EPIC and chart abstraction preferred. Experience with tissue culture and blood processing, including serum, plasma, and buffy coat, is preferred. Familiarity with medical terminology is a plus. The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and have the skill and confidence to work independently. Given the highly collaborative nature of this work and the need for coordination with multiple clinical trial investigators, excellent communication, analytical, computer, and organizational skills are essential, as well as keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task in a fast paced work environment.

Research Specialist C: Bachelor's degree and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required; Master's degree preferred. Previous experience performing circulating tumor material assays. Previous experience as a clinical research coordinator independently recruiting, enrolling, and consenting study participants.

Reference Number: 40-25855

Salary Grade: 025/026

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