Essential Functions or Job Duties
(20%) Prospective Recruitment
? Review surgery schedule and evaluate prospective collections
? Meet with prospective researchers to evaluate needs and BLS/BioNet ability to add value
? Network with other departments and organizations to promote the advantages of BLS/BioNet involvement
? Contact and coordinate with prospective internal and/or external sample recipients
(30%) Participant Enrollment
? Screen OR schedule for appropriate tissue collection for current projects/protocols per review of patient medical histories, obtain informed consent from patients.
? Enroll appropriate participants/patients for a specific protocol/project.
? Obtain informed consent if required by the protocol or verify that another party is responsible for consent.
? Notify the appropriate service area of BLS/BioNet collections
? Coordinate with gross room for an efficient collection within the prescribed time limits
(30%) Tissue Procurement
? Evaluate current authorized researchers to distribute possible collections
? Be able to determine by grossly examining the tissue specimen appropriateness for researcher protocols
? Aliquot sample into appropriate media for research needs
? Distribute specimens as appropriate
? Transport specimens to and from Histology lab and effectively communicate with lab staff for most efficient utilization of resources
? Cryopreserve specimens for bio-bank/bio-repository if needed
? Prepare tissue for quality controls
? Coordinate after hours collections with multiple participants, by pager, e-mail, and/or phone contacts
? Sort and accession specimens for temperature controlled storage
? Reconcile inventory, retrieve and ship specimens
? Provide prompt, responsive customer service for researcher inquiries and service requests
? Maintain tissue procurement and quality control records
? Enter data into database
? Document activities to effectively capture time and resource expended
? Produce specimen reports and information
? Maintain and file records
(10%) Workflow and Team Training
? Assist in training, scheduling, and coordination of the BLS/BioNet staff and student employees to accomplish daily activities and support researcher needs.
? Train new staff, including students, on BLS/BioNet policies, practices, and procedures.
? Assist with scheduling and coordinating the daily tissue procurement schedule. Ensure that schedules are met in a timely fashion.
? Provide service coverage in other BLS/BioNet areas as needed (i.e., Histology Lab, Digital Imaging Facility).
(5%) Equipment and Supplies
? Maintain and monitor bio-specimen freezers and LN tanks
? Monitor inventory and order supplies to ensure uninterrupted workflow
? Assist with BLS/BioNet equipment assessment, installation, qualification, validation, monitoring, and maintenance.
(5%) Procedure Development/Implementation and Process Improvement
? Document BLS/BioNet role in specific protocols
? Assist with development and documentation of BLS/BioNet work process and procedures.
? Assist with ensuring implementation of working orders, protocol specific instructions and all applicable regulations as they apply to bio-specimen collection, processing, storage and distribution/shipment.
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors: BLS/BioNet Manager and Medical Director.