Tissue Bank Assistant

Aurora, CO
Oct 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers.*

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine | Department of Neurology

Tissue Bank Assistant (Laboratory Tech I)

Position #706512 - Requisition 11350

The Department of Neurology has an opening for a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Tissue Bank Assistant (Laboratory Tech I) position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

Job Summary:
The University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Tissue Bank Assistant in the Department of Neurology. The general function of this position is to coordinate incoming and outgoing tissue donations, shipments of tissues, and communications with donor families and scientists across the United States. This position is also responsible for proper storage, packaging and tracking of the tissue and information management in the tissue bank database.

Examples of Work Performed:
  • Coordinate in-state and out-of-state tissue donations and tissue shipment.
  • Communicate with next of kin, funeral home staff and pathologists across the United States.
  • Attend and assist pathologist with autopsies of in-state/local donations.
  • Package, label and store tissues by adhering to tissue storage protocols.
  • Attend monthly meetings to discuss status, issues and needs of the tissue bank project.
  • Perform the following tasks on a regular basis:
    • Updates computer log with tissue information
    • Labels samples.
    • Orders lab supplies.
    • Defrosts freezers.
    • Slices CNS tissue and collects samples to fill tissue requests.
    • Manages databases.
    • Redacts personal health information from documents
  • Perform administrative duties for the tissue bank as needed such as requesting medical records from other institutions, and reviewing research requests and donor forms.
  • Perform additional lab duties as well as clinical research administrative tasks such as data entry.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • One year of professional experience working in a related field.

Substitution: Relevant education my substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Conditions of Employment: Must be willing and able to...
  • Carry a pager/cell phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week every other month for six months a year.
  • Lift, push and/or pull up to 20 lbs.
  • Work in an environment that may expose you to fumes, chemicals, liquid nitrogen, extreme cold, blood/body fluids, and infectious disease.
  • Frequently wash your hands, as biohazardous materials may be present.
  • Sit and stand for long periods of time, frequently walk, and bend/stoop, as well as execute repetitive motions.
  • Work with complex and sharp laboratory equipment, and various chemical and biological solutions.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment when handling biological samples and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work within a high-level secured facility.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in biological science or pathology from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working with web-based tracking systems and Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access).
  • Experience working with and handling human tissue.
  • Experience working with pathology processes related to tissue procurement.
  • One (1) year graduate level Anatomy is desired.
  • Experience with tissue donations and tissue banking is preferred.
  • Experience processing blood for plasma, cryopreservation of buffy coat, sorting specific leukocytes, and transport of blood samples from the clinic to the laboratory.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Applicants must have outstanding interpersonal skills, great attention to detail in order to work with colleagues and patients in a confidential and professional manner.
  • Ability to and comfortable communicating with family members dealing with grief.
  • Ability to and comfortable communicating with medical staff such as clinicians and pathologists.
  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently, as well as within a larger team.
  • This position requires a thorough understanding of UCD laboratory, research, and HIPAA policies, and fundamentals of neuroanatomy.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills are necessary in the coordination of tissue donations and follow up with local kin.
  • Good organization skills and thorough attention to detail are required to adequately maintain databases and tissues in storage.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV. 3). List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Alexander Stein at Alexander.Stein@ucdenver.edu.

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 20, 2017.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20244 - SOM-Neurology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 6, 2017

Closing Date: Oct 20, 2017, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Alexander Stein

Posting Contact Email: Alexander.Stein@ucdenver.edu

Position Number: 00706512


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