Biospecimen Coordinator

Duarte, California
May 01 2019
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary

Responsible for the timely coordination of biospecimen collection, transporting and shipping of biospecimens obtained from subjects enrolled in complex research protocols. Maintains records associated with the collection and shipment of biospecimens and packages shipments as required by protocol. Monitors clinic and other schedules to ensure subjects are scheduled for protocol required visits and/or procedures. Obtains informed consent from subjects who are participating in non-treatment clinical trials that only capture biospecimens and data.

Key Responsibilities include:

Study Conduct
  • Works under the supervision of the Research Site Manager (RSM), Investigators, Disease Team Leads and the direction of the Clinical Research Nurse Manager.
  • Performs protocol specific duties required per the research protocol, including but not limited to:
    • Confirms the presence of a signed informed consent from a subject prior to specimen collection.
    • Monitors clinic and other schedules to ensure subjects have been scheduled for upcoming protocol procedures which require research specimen collection.
    • Assembles lab kits and other supplies in preparation to obtain required biospecimen samples and transports to appropriate laboratories for processing; ships samples externally according to International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements.
    • Manages and orders all supplies required to obtain biospecimens.
    • Regularly performs an inventory to identify and discard expired collection tubes, etc.
    • Attends site initiation visits.
    • Ships batched specimens according to departmental policy.

May obtain informed consent for specimen collection only studies, if approved by the IRB.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's degree

Required Certification/Licensure:
  • IATA certification (may be obtained after hire)

Preferred education experience and skills:
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in biomedical or biological sciences

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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