The Islet Lab Assistant Director is responsible for assisting in the overall operation of the islet cell research laboratory and ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations. The Assistant Director facilitates at the request of the Director and the Islet team Medical Director policy and procedure development and program planning/implementation for the Lab. Coordinates efforts with the Laboratory Directory and Medical Director to participate in complex grant-funded projects, regulatory compliance, and staff development. The Assistant Director candidate will work closely with the Director and will assist in overseeing the labs research activities and will perform experiments and supervise and train post-doctoral students as necessary. Candidate should also develop research ideas and strategize experimental plan and approach for these studies.
1.Assists in the day to day management of the Islet Cell Research Laboratory to ensure that equipment and facilities are operated according to appropriate guidelines. 2.Assists in providing safe, efficacious products by processing donated tissue according to GMP and regulatory standards to meet clinical demands of extraction and isolation of islet cells from pancreata. 3.Assists in the continual review of laboratory procedures, including the maintenance and review of standard operating procedures to incorporate new technology/standards to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. 4.Be responsible to ensure the confidentiality and security of all data relating to donors and recipients is maintained at all times by Lab Staff. 5.Facilitate, along with the Medical Director and Laboratory Director, islet transplant program strategic planning initiatives. 6.Assist with islet research activities, providing leadership to islet research lab team. 7.Seek grant funding to help support islet research projects. 8.Develop scientific research collaborations within and outside the organization. 9.Assists in planning of experimental protocols and strategies with the research team. 10.Provide guidance to post-doctoral fellows and technicians on experimental procedures. 11.Assists in the submission of regulatory protocols to IRB and IACUC for research and clinical studies according to institutional guidelines. 12.Maintain an awareness of appropriate scientific literature so that work is carried out according to up-to-date knowledge and practice. 13.Assist in the preparation of formal documentation for new procedures to enable developments to be introduced in a suitably controlled manner at the direction of the Laboratory Director. 14.Responsible for sourcing and costing of physical assets. 15.Safe use of complex laboratory equipment. 16.Provide teaching and education related to islet cell transplantation both within and outside of the organization. 17.Participate in continual personal training and development as a member of a small team in a unique area of health care. 18.Have a working knowledge of US laws and regulations for organ and tissue donation, and understand the requirements for tissue products and their clinical importance. 19.Possess a strong understanding of the principles of the Food and Drug Administration's GMP quality management system. 20.Present scientific data at local, national and international level. 21.Responsible to recruit graduate students to conduct research in the area of islet cell transplantation. 22.Perform hands-on experiments to conduct research in the area of islet transplantation and other areas deemed critical by the Medical and Laboratory Directors 23.Work closely with research technicians, Graduate Students and post-doctoral fellows in the laboratory operations, equipment operations, standardization of research protocols and small animal research 24.Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
a) PhD with a minimum of two years experience on a human clinical islet cell transplant team
b) 5 years of experience in the beta cell biology studies
c) Requires extensive experience in isolations for the purpose of autologous islet cell transplantation.
d) Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required
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