Division of Infectious Diseases, Retrovirology Reference Laboratory (UCRRL)
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
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The College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Virology Laboratory, is currently accepting applications for a full time, Senior Research Assistant to serve as the Laboratory Supervisor.
This position will support the University’s mission and commitment to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff and all our activities.
The UCRRL is the main laboratory processing, storage and shipping lab for the Infectious Diseases Division Clinical Research Program and serves as a central clinical resource for the Department of Internal Medicine Clinical Research Program. The DOIM has 9 Divisions, many of whom conduct Clinical Research. The Laboratory Supervisor (Senior Research Assistant) is responsible for managing all aspects of the UCRRL processing and storage laboratory. This includes managing a staff of 3 individuals, interfacing with customers of the lab, meeting with monitors and maintaining the performance and standards required for the laboratory. The Laboratory Supervisor is expected to be skilled in all of the processes currently required and be able to expand and develop new processes as required. The laboratory supervisor will assist in the processing and storage of specimens as required. The laboratory supervisor will adhere to all protocol requirements using Lab Processing Charts in accordance with policies and procedures established either by the Lab director, ACTG, HPTN, DAIDS, CLIA, UC and other governmental agencies. The Laboratory Supervisor is responsible for managing and executing laboratory experiments in coordination with the IDC Research Principal Investigator and Clinical Research Director.
Managerial Duties include but are not limited to:
Supervision and Evaluation of all UCRRL Employees.
Ensuring proper staffing and schedules of the UCRRL activities.
Ensuring all staff are properly trained for all activities required in the UCRRL
Ensuring that UCRRL meets all regulatory standards for laboratory processing, shipping and storage.
Meeting with IDC Research Leadership Bi-Monthly and Attending all team Meetings as required
Meeting with the Academic Research Service Leadership (ARS) as required.
Meeting with and arranging Monitoring Visits for the UCCRL as required.
Meeting with investigators/staff in the DOIM and managing memorandums of understanding for new projects as requested of the UCRRL.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Other Managerial duties as required.
Laboratory Duties include but are not limited to:
Perform PBMC cryopreservation and various blood container types, Heparin, ACD and EDTA.
Package of infectious, diagnostic and biological substance samples in compliance with IATA Dangerous Goods regulation.
Shipment of infectious, diagnostic and biological substance samples in compliance with IATA Dangerous Goods regulation.
Specimen troubleshooting, problem solving and resolution, and specimen transportation.
Ability to lift a maximum of 30 pounds; walk distances throughout the hospital community; stand and/or sit extended periods of time.
Computerized specimen data entry, heavy documentation, and filing, faxing, telephone interface and lab result report generations.
Attend annual Chemical, Blood Borne Pathogens and Tuberculosis, and OSHA Hazard Communication Standard training.
Dissecting and processing Adipose and Lymph tissues and sample media stabilization preparation for shipping.
Organize and execute laboratory-processing charts for each research study protocols.
Package and shipment of Diagnostic, Biological and infectious substances via Federal Express, World Courier or UPS shipping companies.
Attend new protocol start-up meetings, conference calls and annual ACTU and HPTN conferences in Washington.
Heavy communication with other national labs, site nursing staff, physicians, protocol monitors and international communication with labs in other countries.
LDMS database entry, troubleshooting and specimen storage and retrieval.
Performs OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV ½ Antibody Testing and hCG Pregnancy testing, monitor test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained
Sample processing and shipment from DOIM Divisions including but not limited to Cardiology, Oncology, Pulmonary, and Digestive Diseases.
Review protocol lab processing charts
Assist with submissions to billing for contract pricing.
Contact person for Lab Services Core Processing Lab, and processing trainer for new lab techs and procedures.
Processing and cryopreservation of CSF samples, preparation for liquid nitrogen shipments.
Conduct FACS analysis, including antibody panel design, sample processing, data acquisition, analysis and reporting.
Prepare culture media, cultivate specimens, report culture data results.
Design and execute laboratory experiments in coordination with laboratory personnel and PI.
Use and maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment required for research studies.
Coordinate sample processing and analysis with other research and commercial laboratories.
Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments.
Perform statistical and graphical analysis of data.
Increase knowledge and skills in laboratory techniques and software applications necessary to conduct the assigned laboratory work and experiments.
Participate fully as a vital member of the IDC Research Team and UCRRL to ensure the continued success and growth of our unit
Attends meetings as assigned
Lab orientation, training, certification and annual evaluation/documentation of performance
Completes continuing education and training programs as assigned on continual basis
Other duties as delegated/assigned by the Clinical Research Director or Principal Investigator.
Bachelor's degree in a related profession/field or an equivalent level of experience.
Ability to travel to National Network meetings as needed, usually once or twice a year
Must be available to work rotating shifts (day, evening and some nights) and rotating weekends.
Minimum 3 years relevant laboratory experience
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Meticulous documentation skills
A willingness to learn, excellent vision and strong reading comprehension is necessary.
Proficiency in various computer and software applications (Microsoft Office) preferred.
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.
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