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School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

We are an accredited human tissue biorepository housed in the Department of Pathology, directed by a Duke School of Medicine Faculty Member. The biorepository is funded to support biomedical research at Duke University and on behalf of the National Cancer Institute. The individual hired will be responsible for human tissue and blood collection, processing, storage, and distribution for a wide variety of clinical research protocols. This is an exciting entry level position into biomedical science with opportunities for career advancement. We seek enthusiastic team members looking to begin and advance their scientific careers.

We are an accredited human tissue biorepository housed in the Department of Pathology, run by a Duke Faculty board certified pathologist. The individual hired will be responsible for human tissue and blood collection, processing, storage, and distribution for a wide variety of clinical research protocols.

Work Performed:

  • Collect fresh human tissue and fluid specimens from surgical procedures and other medical procedures (e.g. biopsies) to be stored for future research.
  • Prepare human tissue and fluid specimens for complex procedures. These procedures include (but are not limited to) tissue processing, paraffin embedding, snap freezing, DNA/RNA extraction, and blood fractionation. Troubleshoot in collaboration with other team members and Operations Manager when issues arise. Be knowledgeable of specialized protocols and efficiently and accurately follow SOPs. Enter all data associated with laboratory activities in the databases within one working day.
  • Collaborate with investigators from a variety of disciplines to provide high quality biospecimens for research.
  • Set up, clean, and maintain instruments, equipment, and materials for biobank operations. Work with senior laboratory members to ensure completion and timeliness of preventive maintenance and/or repairs, and compliance with CAP requirements. Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies, and equipment for performance of duties.
  • Assist in training new personnel.
  • Applicant must be able to keep a flexible, positive attitude in a dynamic, often-changing environment. Attention to detail, commitment to quality, and a strong work ethic are a must. Our team interacts with working groups throughout the medical center and must maintain a respectful working relationship with all, so strong interpersonal skills are a must.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

The employee will be expected to carry a pager outside of their regular working hours, including weekends and holidays, based on a rotating schedule with the rest of the team.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology or other science-related field.


The following skills and experience are not necessary, but will enhance the competitive nature of an application:

• DNA and/or RNA extraction skills

• Histology background

• Clinical laboratory experience

• Clinical research experience, including SOCRA certification


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/27/2021
Application Due: 7/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time