Assistant Manager - Biospecimen Lab Operations (Cancer Center)

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University of Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia

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Assistant Manager - Biospecimen Lab Operations (Cancer Center)

University Overview

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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Assistant Manager - Biospecimen Lab Operations (Cancer Center)

Job Profile Title
Manager C

Job Description Summary
The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania is a world leader in developing and conducting innovative clinical trials for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The ACC Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is instrumental in the development and implementation of cancer clinical trials that offer cutting-edge oncology treatments. The ACC CRU is currently comprised of 14 Research Teams that support disease/discipline specific cancer programs within the ACC.
The ACC CRU Biospecimen Central Lab is a centralized laboratory that processes and manages blood, plasma, tissue and other biological specimens obtained from patients enrolled to Oncology Clinical Trials. The ACC CRU Biospecimen Central Lab currently supports 12 ACC CRU Research Teams that are based in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM) under the direction of the Biospecimen Program Manager. Analysis of biospecimens is essential to the scientific mission of the ACC CRU, which provides support to roughly one-half of oncology clinical and translational research at Penn. This requires adherence to institutional and protocol mandated lab practices. The Biospecimen Preparations and Processing Operations span over 4 different locations in PCAM.
The successful candidate will work closely with the Program Manager of Biospecimen Lab Operations to oversee daily laboratory operations and workflows, manage ongoing LabVantage (electronic laboratory information management system) activities, troubleshoot operational issues on a daily basis and assist with any and all aspects of their team's work during absences or when a specific team member's workload exceeds capacity

POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING

Job Description

The Assistant Manager - Biospecimen Lab Operations must adhere to the requirements of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, GCP, FDA, OSHA, EHRS and all applicable laboratory standards.

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Training and supervising new biospecimen coordinators and research assistants. This will include participation in recruiting, interviewing, onboarding and training new staff.

Work with Biospecimen Program Manager to maintain and develop LabVantage (electronic laboratory information management system) activities inclusive of new clinical trials, ongoing study updates, and kit inventory management to maximize utilization of laboratory space and allow for real time assessment of inventory. Work with Biospecimen staff and Study teams to coordinate the removal, disposal, or repurposing of expired or unused laboratory kits and materials. Maintain laboratory supplies and re-order when necessary. Workload balancing for Biospecimen team - process and ship samples when necessary, help determine work priorities for research assistants and co-ops, alert Program Manager for extra help on high-volume days. Work closely with Biospecimen Program Manager to develop and regularly update laboratory SOPs, Work Instructions, and best practices to maximize lab efficiency, safety, protocol compliance and adherence to local, state, and federal standards/regulations (GCP, FDA, OSHA, EHRS). Ensure visibility of safety information and chemical hygiene plans within the laboratory spaces, manage and organize lab, study, and staff related documents (i.e. training documentation, equipment purchasing and maintenance records, etc.). Provide support and backup to the Biospecimen Program Manager in ensuring proper purchasing, calibration, and performance maintenance of laboratory equipment. Provide backup support in the essential emergency off-hours coverage in the event of any threat to specimen integrity such as freezer malfunction.

Monitor query resolution and respond to study team requests; provide audit preparation assistance to Study Teams by compiling biospecimen records of sample processing, storage and shipment, as well as equipment calibration and maintenance records. Help to train new ACC CRU research staff in Biospecimen team workflows and best practices, and provide feedback to research teams to maintain smooth operations. Participate in Site Initiation Visits and provide training to Biospecimen Staff. Provide additional training/re-training as necessary and in accordance with institutional or study related updates. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with internal PSOM, University and Penn Medicine Departments such as Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Center for Human Phenomic Science (CHPS), Tumor Tissue and Acquisition Biospecimen Bank. Perform other duties as may be assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Oncology clinical research and biospecimen processing experience preferred. Effective problem solving abilities; effective communication and writing skills; strong organizational and time management skills; flexible and able to multi-task; demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently; knowledge of IRB and human research protection regulations.

POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $77,716.00

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



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Organization

Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania! Penn is the largest private employer in Philadelphia and is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation.  

Across our 12 highly-regarded schools, more than 25,000 students, and more than 4,000 faculty members, we become one university: a wide-ranging, ever-changing community that draws its strength from a multitude of races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, historical traditions, ages, religions, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Penn carries on the principles and spirit of its founder, Benjamin Franklin: entrepreneurship, innovation, invention, outreach, and a pragmatic love of knowledge. Franklin's practical outlook has remained a driving force in the university's development. To learn more, visit About Penn

Vision

 

As engines of knowledge and new ideas, universities have the unique potential to define the future rather than be defined by it; to pioneer change rather than merely manage it. To do so requires a plan both visionary and pragmatic. The Penn Compact 2022 motivates community members to innovate, be radically inclusive, and positively impact their local, national, and global communities. 

 

Penn’s fundamental priorities — increasing access, integrating knowledge and engaging locally, nationally and globally — are supported by the three core values that make us uniquely Penn: inclusion, innovation, and impact. 

 

Learn about the signature initiatives of the Penn Compact 2022:  

 

Diversity 

 

Understanding and appreciating diversity is one of Penn's most important priorities and is fundamental to success in today's world. 

 

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. 

 

To learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Penn visit: 

 

Benefits 

 

Penn offers a wide range of benefits and perks - from Penn's retirement Matching Plan to bike repair stations to access to the full LinkedIn Learning library to adoption assistance to workshops at the letterpress and book arts studio and much more! 

 

Campus and Beyond

 

We invite you to explore our campus and its stately buildings and state-of-the-art facilities. 

 

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Penn supports news publications that tell the ongoing story of the University community, communications services for external media, telephone and video services, and other media resources: Campus Media 

 

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