Research Associate, Clinical Specimen Coordinator (NCI)

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The Clinical Pharmacodynamic Program (CPP) is responsible for identification of biomarkers of response to new targeted agents entering clinical trials in the Developmental Therapeutics Program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The scope of work includes assay design, development, validation, fitness for purpose testing, transfer / support of assays to internal and external clinical laboratories, and clinical specimen analysis when required. The Internal Quality Control (IQC) laboratory within the CPP program is responsible for maintaining an inventory, quality control testing and distribution process for a large number of critical reagents to support the conduct of validated clinical pharmacodynamic assays across several technology platforms within network of internal and external laboratories.
The Research Associate I, Clinical Specimen Coordinator will be responsible for safely and accurately completing the following activities:
  • Be responsible for proper handling and accessioning of incoming clinical samples. Work involves retrieving, unpacking, and safely handling clinical samples. Work also includes verifying label information, sample relabeling (if required), updating sample related information in a database, properly storing clinical samples, rapidly and accurately distributing the clinical samples to a repository or to the correct testing laboratory, and other related tasks
  • Handling communications and logistics regarding incoming and outgoing samples with several internal and external laboratories.  Work includes rapidly troubleshooting issues that arise with incoming samples; the production and distribution of sample collection kits; and the scheduling and conducting of training sessions on the proper techniques to collect and ship specimens
  • Serve as an interface to initiate histology requisitions and other testing procedures for clinical specimens.  Retrieve clinical material from inventory and deliver to correct testing laboratory, check materials that have been processed (clinical sample daughters) back into the inventory, handle associated documentation and data, initiate requests for pathology services, and other related activities

To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Technology, or other field related to biomedical research. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two years of experience in a position related to clinical biospecimen management
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
  • Experience in the proper handling of clinical samples including clinical sample accessioning and tracking
  • Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems
  • Basic knowledge of immunoassay methods
  • General knowledge of clinical laboratory Quality Management Systems (GLP, CLIA or similar)
Expected Competencies:
  • Knowledge of proper handling of clinical samples and clinical sample accessioning and tracking
  • Must be proficient in multitasking, and able to handle numerous time sensitive tasks with a high level of accuracy
  • Excellent verbal, written, organizational, and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels of staff

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