Research Specialist Position at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

May 6, 2022

Position Title
Research Specialist B

Position Summary
This position has two equal components. The first component involves supporting the clinical operations of the Liquid Biopsy Lab, and the second component includes providing research support to the Lab.

Clinic: The candidate will support various cancer studies by assisting the oncologists and clinical research coordinators with initiating and conducting participant screening and recruitment. The candidate will also independently develop participant recruitment strategies to increase patient enrollment. The candidate will also coordinate with clinical teams to arrange the study participants’ procedures essential to both the clinical and research procedures. The candidate will attend the procedures to procure study specimens and process specimens in the laboratory using specific processing protocols and techniques. The candidate will be responsible for data entry into various databases including but not limited to REDCap, VELOS, and Excel. The Research Specialist will also independently design study databases and perform database quality-control with minimal supervision. The candidate will have the primary role in the abstraction of medical record information from subject’s electronic medical records, interviews and/or questionnaires for entry into the study research databases, and actively track all enrolled study participants for follow up. Given the highly collaborative nature of this work and the need for coordination with multiple clinical trial investigators, excellent organization and communication skills are critical.

Research: The Research Specialist will provide research support by assisting in assay planning and experimentation. The candidate will carry out relevant literature searches and prepare literature reviews to support experimental design and analysis. This individual will independently conduct experiments aimed at interrogating patient samples to optimize approaches for the isolation and evaluation of circulating tumor material. The candidate will record samples and results in the study databases, conduct preliminary analysis, and prepare summary figures, and text for manuscripts. The candidate will coordinate sample shipment to study collaborators. The candidate will also independently develop laboratory workflows to improve sample processing, storage, and shipment. The individual will also assist other research specialists in the daily functions of the laboratory. This cutting-edge work will be done in a highly collaborative manner together with other Penn laboratories, physician scientists in the Penn School of Medicine, and industry partners. No animal research will be conducted in this role.

Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience with tissue culture and blood processing, including serum, plasma, and buffy coat, is desirable. Previous experience with EPIC, REDCap, and chart abstraction is preferred. Computer proficiency, with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Familiarity with medical terminology is a plus. The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and have the skill and confidence to work independently. Excellent communication, analytical, computer, and organizational skills are essential, as well as keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment. Position contingent upon funding.

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