UTS- Temporary Research Project Manager

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The unit has experienced a large increase in demand for services related to COVID research sample processing, and this position will help the Core increase capacity to maintain and shorten turnaround for research samples. The shortened turnaround is critical due to the nature of the projects. The unit’s research, quick turn-around time is needed to assist in contact-tracing, drug efficacy in patients, and tracking viral mutations within the population. In addition, the unit is also tasked with assisting researchers with projects designated mission critical by the Vice Chancellor for Research, and this position will also assist processing samples for those critical projects.
This growth and the sudden resignation of a current project manager is requiring us to see new staff. The candidate will be the project manager and primary contact for all external contracts and Lineberger Cancer Center Studies entering the facility. He/she will collaborate on experimental design, implementation, and new methods development with the associated Principal Investigator and leadership/staff. The selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating data processing and management for these projects. This individual will provide input into strategic planning of sample processing and protocol development.

The Associate Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring that:
(1) All study concerns are addressed
(2) Sample processing moves efficiently through the unit and all deadlines are met for the final data delivery. They will act the key contact person for processing group concerns
(3) Managing databases that record the scope of work (sample shipment and arrival/sample processing history/sample storage/ Sample returns to the study/ resubmissions as required and data delivery)
(4) Samples received from the studies meet the standard to move forward with processing
(5) Libraries from the library preparation division meet the unit’s quality needs for sequencing
(6) Sequencing data aligns with expected required results as agreed upon prior to the onset of the study

When deficient, the individual will conduct troubleshooting to determine the issues and the possible resolutions. This will include running scientific assays
(1) for sample and product quality assessment (such as but exclusive to: Lapchip/ Tapestation/ Pico green assays)
(2) data analysis ( preset and custom data analysis pipelines)
It is the responsibility of the individual to assist with the TracSeq database development on behalf of the study: shipment, submission and drop off check in, confirm completion of submitted work. This may include updates. But more often, it will be the development of entirely new features/ tracking /interactive screens for staff to meet new technologies as they become necessary. New technologies are introduced on a regular basis. It is the goal to offer studies cutting edge technologies to better answer the study needs. Initially, as pilots for proof of theory and then to adopt as standard processing pipeline for studies. This will require working closely with leadership. Monthly / weekly reports will need to be generated for projects as preset prior to the initiation of the study and will be made available a prescheduled bi weekly or monthly study update meetings. Additional reports will be generated for the staff as demanded for the efficient processing of materials. As part of the reporting aspect, the individual will need to run data analyses on the library preparation, library QAQC, sequencing data/ QAQC to confirm that agreed standards are met for the study. This was noted above in greater detail. When standards are not met, issue will need to be brought to the leadership attention, resolutions determined and confirmed with the study as deemed necessary.

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Chapel Hill, NC

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UTS- Temporary Research Project Manager

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Typically M-F 8am - 5pm, PT as well

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Minimum Experience/Education:

4 year degree

Department Required Skills:

The selected candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. He/she must be able to work in a high pressure and in a diverse environment. This individual must be flexible, collaborative, yet able to work effectively with a high degree of independence. Strong organizational skills is essential for this role. Must have knowledge of such software/programs as Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

Background in biology

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Valid NC Driver's License required?:


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Anticipated Hiring Range:

$17-19 per hour

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Posted: 11/12/2020
Application Due: 1/11/2021
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