The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The university boasts a student body of over 43,000 enrolled in over 370 programs of study and is the region’s largest employer with over 15,000 faculty, staff and student workers. The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and seeks to empower all members of the university community.
The College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Virology Laboratory, is currently accepting currently accepting applications for two (2) full time research assistants, to assist with novel COVID-19 vaccine trial.
This position will support the University’s mission and commitment to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff and all our activities.
The Research Assistant is responsible for processing and storage of specimens as defined by protocol requirements using Lab Processing Charts (LPCs) in accordance with policies and procedures established either by the Lab supervisor, Lab director, study sponsor, UC or government regulatory agencies. The Research Assistant is responsible for executing laboratory specimen handling and shipments of biological specimens, in coordination with the IDC Principal Investigator and Laboratory Manager/Director.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Maintain all appropriate research and institutional certifications including but not limited to Cititraining, GCP training, IATA training, Biohazards Training, Bloodborne Pathogen Training, and other trainings as assigned.
Perform PBMC cryopreservation using various blood container types. Able to perform a cell count accurately with viability and send to IQA for verification.
Package and Shipment of infectious, diagnostic and biological substance samples in compliance with IATA Dangerous Goods regulation.
Specimen troubleshooting, problem solving and resolution, and specimen transportation.
Computerized specimen data entry, heavy documentation, and filing, faxing, telephone interface and lab result report generations.
Processing adipose and lymph tissues and sample media stabilization preparation for shipping.
Prepare body fluids for processing and shipping according to the LPC.
Follows the established guidelines for centrifugation and aliquoting of samples based on the LPC. Uses correct lab database to track specimen transport and minimize lost specimens.
Competently logs, enters information into LDMS (Lab Data Management System) accessions, triages and process specimens in preparation for storage/testing and transit.
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 study sponsor conferences as needed.
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.
Sample processing and shipment from multiple divisions/departments within UC.
Performs waived and moderately complexity testing as defined by CLIA. Preforms, reports and quality control according to established protocols, including the evaluation of specimen acceptability. Handles problems and appropriately and exhibits good judgement.
Be familiar with local research database and utilize as appropriate.
Uses critical thinking to assess new lab protocols
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 to ensure the integrity of the ARS lab.
Increase knowledge and skills in laboratory techniques and software applications necessary to conduct the assigned laboratory work
Reviews and confirms review of Network, Industry and local SOPS as assigned and required
Participate fully as a vital member of the IDC Research Team to ensure the continued success and growth of unit, by attending at one department meeting a month; remaining compliant on necessary competencies/training i.e.: CITI, IATA, and DAIDS training; Complete continuing education and training programs as assigned on continual basis.
Other duties as delegated/assigned by the IDC Lab Manager, Clinical Research Director or Principal Investigator.
Bachelor's degree in a profession/field or equivalent level of knowledge.
Associates degree in a related profession/field preferred.
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.
Ideal candidate must be physically able to lift at least 30 pounds; walk distances throughout the hospital community; stand and/or sit extended periods of time.
Must be available to work rotating shifts (day, evening and some nights) and rotating weekends.
This position will be a professional position paid at an hourly rate.
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 / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.
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About University of Cincinnati
HISTORY IN BRIEF - The University of Cincinnati is a public urban serving research institution that was founded in 1819 and today is one of the country’s largest universities offering more than 350 academic programs to more than 44,000 students. UC has many top ranked programs in areas such as Music and Arts, Medical and Human-Services, Criminal Justice and more. Located in an urban setting, UC is close to the heart of Cincinnati and allows easy access for students to enjoy all that the city offers. UC is also the alma mater of many notables such as President William Howard Taft; Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine; Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Mary Weinberg, 2008 Olympic gold medalist. UC is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission and is ranked as one of America’s top 35 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. UC jumped 17 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in the past two years alone. In addition to being named a “green university” by Princeton Review, UC has been named one of the world’s most beautiful campuses by Forbes and Delta Sky magazines. Learn more at www.uc.edu.MISSIO...N STATEMENT - The University of Cincinnati serves the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier, public, urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research. We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish. Through scholarship, service, partnerships, and leadership, we create opportunity, develop educated and engaged citizens, enhance the economy and enrich our University, city, state and global community.