Prof Research Asst-Cutaneous Oncology Tissue Bank

Aurora, CO
Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Working Title: Manager, Cutaneous Oncology Tissue Bank

Nature of Work:

The (School of Medicine) Division of Medical Oncology, Robinson International Melanoma Research Lab (IMRL), now hiring for a full-time research position

with benefits. We are seeking talented, energetic, highly motivated applicants for an immediate opening as a Professional Research Assistant (PRA), working within a secured cancer research laboratory and clinic work areas at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado USA. The position will not be involved in course instruction and is not eligible for tenure.

Professional Field: Clinical and Laboratory Research and Data Management

Duties and Responsibilities:

The manager of the cutaneous oncology tissue bank will oversee operations pertaining to the Skin Cancer Biorepository including the following:

1. Identifying patients who may provide specimens, obtaining consents, collection of samples including, but not limited to blood, tissue and other body fluids.

2. Maintain the database associated with specimens and will assist in the preparation of specimens for storage and production of DNA, RNA and serum.

3. Position will spend work time in the Cutaneous Oncology Clinic in the University Hospital and in the research laboratories at the University of Colorado AMC.

Supervision Received: This position is supervised by the Primary Investigator, William Robinson, MD/PhD, the Melanoma Clinical Research Manager, and the lab Manager for the Melanoma Research Laboratory.

Supervision Exercised: None


Through a Study Use Agreement, these samples and clinical information are made available to investigators located within the University of Colorado medical campus, other schools and institutions, as well as commercial biotech and pharmaceutical companies. As such, the manager will organize and serve as contact person for these collaborations.

Specific duties include: consenting eligible patients for the study, shipment of materials, performing routine follow-up blood draws, and providing clinical information for data analysis. The manager will convene, and maintain records, of weekly Scientific Advisory Committee meetings and will assist in the preparation of scientific manuscripts and quarterly reports of the bank activities.

Examples of Work Performed:

Cutaneous Oncology Clinical Duties:

1. A hospital pager is assigned to this position

2. Obtains medical history and current medications, reviews protocol inclusion/exclusion criteria, and confirms eligibility of subject; draws blood as necessary.

3. Identifies and recruits prospective subjects for sample collection for the cutaneous oncology tissue bank.

4. Tracks patients undergoing surgery to obtain tissue samples and coordinates collection with research labs and the Tissue Bank to facilitate research activities.

5. Closely work with pathology/outside facilities in obtaining FFPE blocks for consented patients.

6. Ensures that the informed consent process has occurred and is properly documented and filed as required.

7. Performs review of patient medical history and enters data on all Tissue Bank patients; initiates patient phone contact and obtains outside medical records when necessary.

8. Relays timely information to the Institutional Review Board and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator in regard to protocols. This is to ensure quality study flow and that all governing regulations are being followed.


This tissue bank is an integral part of the cutaneous oncology research laboratory (Dr. William Robinson MD/PhD, primary investigator). The laboratory is comprised of instructors, PRAs, hematology/oncology fellows, post-doctoral researchers, and students. Our main research projects include multi-platform next generation molecular studies (microbiome, whole exome/genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, FISH, proteomics) of patient tumor and matched normal samples.

The manager will support such research projects by identifying patients suited for our laboratory studies, requesting samples from other departments or institutions, and overall serve as liaison between the hospital and laboratory personnel.

Research Laboratory Duties:

1. Transports blood and/or tissue samples from the clinic to the melanoma research laboratory.

2. Is responsible for outside materials such as slides and FFPE blocks within the laboratory.

3. Serves as a liaison between the biorepository and other departments.

4. Assists in the preparation of specimens for study including preparation of serum, DNA from tissues and cells for culture.

5. Maintains records of specimen collection, storage, use and transfer.

6. Assures that all samples are barcoded, entered in the database, and properly stored.

7. Reviews requests for specimens from other investigators and presents these to the Scientific Advisory Board for their review. Organizes and ships samples to other investigators.

8. Assist in the preparation of manuscripts arising from work in the tissue bank and in the preparation of quarterly and annual reports.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. 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.

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The minimum qualifications required for this PRA position:

-Bachelor's degree education in any scientific field AND at least 2 years of laboratory experience using the above described clinical research techniques.

-Phlebotomy Work Experience.

-Oncology Work Experience (Research and/or Clinical settings).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA):

-Must have excellent written and oral communications skills; excellent command of the English language.

-Proficient daily use with MS Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and Viper including internet and electronic mail capabilities for University of Colorado business only.

-Possess knowledge of Good Clinical Practices, FDA Rules and Regulations, NIH guidelines, ICH guidelines and HIPAA regulations in relation to clinical trials.

-Knowledge of basic Human Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Terminology.

Certification & Licensure Required: University of Colorado HIPAA and COMIRB certification required within 30 days of hire. Phlebotomy Certification from an accredited institution and/or Must complete and pass a hospitalphlebotomy training course with proof of completion.


-Prior research laboratory experience working with molecular or immunology lab techniques.

-Understanding of basic laboratory skills including sterile technique, specimen preparation, handling and storage.

-Understanding of basic molecular biology and ability to interpret basic data.

-Must be team-oriented, flexible, able to communicate clearly and work both independently and within a team environment; as well as work effectively with time-sensitive data and to develop new techniques; be self-motivated; demonstrated successful planning and management skills in research projects.

Experienced Phlebotomist /Clinical Research Coordinators preferred are highly encouraged to apply for this PRA position opportunity.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 11349 When applying, applicants must include: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current Resume/CV 3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document Unofficial Transcripts may be uploaded at the candidate's discretion. Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20214 - SOM-MED-Oncology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 11, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Everlyn Sandoval

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00740184