RESEARCH SPECIALIST B
Duties: This position has two equal components, each of which supports GI and GU cancer studies. The first component includes providing research support in the Circulating Tumor Material laboratory, and the second component research support for GI and GU oncologists and clinical research coordinators in the GI and GU cancer clinic.
Circulating Tumor Material Laboratory research support (50%): In the lab, the position will lead efforts which support the GI and GU cancer studies by performing sample receiving, processing, storage, and shipment to study collaborators. This individual will conduct experiments aimed at interrogating patient samples to optimize approaches for the isolation and evaluation of circulating tumor material. The candidate will 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 will 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. 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.
GI and GU Cancer Clinic (50%): In the clinic, the candidate will conduct research to support the GI and GU cancer studies by assisting the GI and GU 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 1-2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience 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 organizational, analytical, computer, and communication skills are critical, as are keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task in a fast paced work environment.
Reference Number: 40-25906
Salary Grade: 025
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: DM-Hematology/Oncology Cancer Biology
Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research