Biospecimen Coordinator

Job description

Job location: Perelman Center for Adv Medicine

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-10-09
Req: JR00025219
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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Biospecimen Coordinator

Job Profile Title

Laboratory Resources Coordinator

Job Description Summary

This position supports the operations of the Biospecimen Lab for the Abramson Cancer Center Clinical Research Unit, under the direction of the Biospecimen Lab Manager.

Job Description

The primary responsibility of biospecimen coordinators is to process and ship specimens for clinical research. This includes blood, urine, bone marrow, biopsy tissue, and other specimen types. Biospecimen coordinators are also responsible for research kit management duties: prepping research kits for study visits, receiving and organizing study kits and lab supplies, creating kit inventory records in the LIMS system (LabVantage), recycling expired kits. Must keep complete and up-to-date records of sample processing and shipping by using Excel and LabVantage. Should have enough background in biology and/or medicine to use basic lab equipment, follow laboratory safety principles, understand sample processing requirements by reading lab manuals, and understand the importance of research specimens to the clinical studies for which they are collected. Professional communication skills are necessary to keep team-mates and research groups informed about specimen status and any issues that arise; must be comfortable using multiple modes of communication and switching between them when needed (email, phone, text, and in-person). A successful candidate will be energetic, team-oriented, meticulous, and enthusiastic about clinical research. Position contingent upon funding.

High School Diploma and 5 years of experience in a laboratory or healthcare setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. B.A. or Associate's degree in Biology or related field preferred

Working Conditions
Office, Laboratory

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at desk or table, standing, walking. Occasional lifting up to 25lbs.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$20.00 - $36.00

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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.




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Posted: 10/11/2020
Application Due: 11/14/2020
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