Biospecimen Coordinator

Duarte, California
March 05 2021
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.

Key Responsibilities include:

Study Conduct
  • Works under the supervision of the Manager Investigators, Disease Team Leads and the direction of the Clinical Research Nurse.
  • 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 protocol and/or departmental policy.
Data Maintenance
  • Responds to data queries as appropriate.
  • Identifies and communicates important protocol and/or specimen issues or problems to the research team and supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Maintains all required documentation for review by sponsors and others.
  • Upon study closure, provides all specimen collection and shipping records to the research team for archival.
Personnel Management
  • Provides staff relief as required to meet the needs of the department.
  • Flexes schedule to meet the needs of the department.
  • Works collaboratively and communicates regularly with all members of the study team.
  • Participates in scheduled team/department meetings.
  • Participates in quality improvement projects on an on-going basis including the development of policies and procedures and standard operating procedures to improve day-to-day efficiency

Qualifications - External
Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's degree. Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements. (Associate Degree plus minimum of 2 years of experience).
Required Certification/Licensure:
  • IATA certification (may be obtained after hire)

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

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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