RESEARCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST 1 (9742S1) – Division of Outcomes and Precision Medicine Research (DOPMR) – – Department of Surgery – – University of Minnesota Medical School –
The newly established Division of Outcomes and Precision Medicine Research (DOPMR) performs innovative translational research on the mechanisms by which the microbiome impacts human health and implements potential interventions to improve health through the microbiome.
This individual will manage a variety of multi-disciplinary research and research-related projects designed and outlined by the Principal Investigator or by their designated individuals. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing adherence to study protocols, managing data collection, developing and overseeing reports, editing manuscripts, ensuring the transfer of knowledge within the team and throughout collaborations by leading lab meetings, ensuring that activities are done in accordance with regulatory guidelines, overseeing the effective use of lab resources and managing the everyday work routine. The candidate will be exposed to a learning environment but at the same time will have to work with independence and initiative. This individual is expected to work as a leading member of the team to complete projects in a timely manner.
1. Research and Research-Related Management 40%
Manages lab operations to ensure that all laboratory processes are conducted efficiently, on-time, within budget, and according to standard operating procedures.
Manages availability of adequate resources (equipment, supplies, environment, training) to complete projects within projected time-lines.
Manages environmental conditions of the lab including its equipment.
Develop and manage budget, report on annual progress, and monitor financial accounts.
Manages the organization, housekeeping, maintenance and utilization of the laboratory space. Maintains quality checks on safety of laboratories and ensures maintenance of the facilities according to good laboratory practices; develops and implements quality assurance programs relating to calibration and maintenance of equipment
Activates emergency procedures when needed as directed.
Develops and maintains research standards of the lab, as well as develop Standard Operating Protocols.
Remain available at all times to PI via phone and email in the case of an emergency regarding important freezer and tissue culture incubators containing irreplaceable patient samples or other lab related emergencies
2. Management of laboratory daily activities 40%
Evaluates, hires, trains, and supervises the work of staff members; coordinates team activities and ensures task completion; coordinates work activities with other supervisors; mediates personnel issues and conflicts elevating to PI as appropriate.
Manage and oversees the maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments.
Manages processing, preparation, and dispatch of sample collections
Oversees the handling and storage of all frozen patient samples, which include tissue collection (as well as previously collected samples at prior institution), tracking, and ensuring samples are maintained and stored at proper conditions.
Supervises and, as needed performs, tests and procedures requiring technical expertise and specialized equipment.
Provides guidance and training on technical procedures, techniques and equipment, and manages conformance with specific operational standards
Supports paper editing and submission, if needed.
3. Oversee interactions with other institutes/organizations/laboratory 15%
Leads and presents at meetings, with collaborators from other institutions
Accountable for maintaining excellent communication with the IRB, which includes responding to reviewers, submitting amendments and annual updates, as well as tracking reportable events, while meeting deadlines
4. Continuing education 5%
Attend training and educational events that the PIs approves in order to remain in compliance and up-to-date.
Attends conferences and meetings.
Attends events on new technologies and keeps knowledge of the ones already in use up to date.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.
BA/BS degree with at least 6 years of experience in a biological lab or advanced degree with 4 years of experience.
Demonstrated experience leading in a laboratory environment.
Must have demonstrated ability to work in teams or groups, contribute to projects, work assignments, and stay abreast of policy updates.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and knowledge of computers are essential: familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Endnote (or similar) online scientific platforms (such as Pubmed, eRA Commons).
Excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills.
Ability to demonstrate self-directed and rational problem-solving skills.
Ability to effectively delegate tasks.
Must be available to work evenings, weekends, holidays, or emergencies as needed.
Priority will be given to those candidates who demonstrate familiarity with basic experimental assays in order to understand the needs of the laboratory team, support the managing of it and actively assisting, hands on, when it is needed.
High priority will be given to those profiles who have built experience in establishing laboratory policies and Standard Operating Protocols for IRB-related studies as well as to those individuals who have experience in peer-reviewed paper editing and submission.
Internal Number: 335949
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