University of Kansas Medical Center Laboratory Director, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility (BRCF) in Wichita, Kansas
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rLaboratory Director, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility (BRCF)
SOM KC Cancer Center Administration
Laboratory Director, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility (BRCF)
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Job Description Summary:
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
The Laboratory Director, Biospecimen Repository Core Facility, BRCF will manage all day-to-day laboratory activities of the BRCF and will oversee the staff of the three laboratory activities (bodily fluids, tissue, and histology) as part of the biobank. Will communicate extensively with all BRCF personnel and users. The Lab Director will plan, direct, and coordinate activities in support of KUCC members and KUMC faculty and their staff regarding the collection, banking, and distribution of biospecimen needs to support translational research. Will perform all lab duties needed to oversee this essential research core activity.
The Biospecimen Core Facility (BRCF), led by Andrew K. Godwin, PhD (Founding Director) and by Rashna Madan, MBBS, FCAP, FASCP (Assistant Director) plays a vital role in the University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC) and KU Medical Center (KUMC) by its ethical collection, storage, annotation, and distribution of high quality biospecimens, such as fresh/fresh-frozen tumor tissues of varying histology and bodily fluids (e.g., blood, bone marrow, saliva, urine, ascites fluids) which are essential to support translational research and investigator-initiated studies. The BRCF also provides expert histopathology support and combines the expertise of pathologists, translational researchers, and technical personnel to produce a comprehensive and focused approach to support the research activities at KUCC. Additionally, tissue biospecimen collection is facilitated by pathology assistants, residents and fellows at the KU Hospital and the Indian Creek Campus (ICC) as part of the University of Kansas Health System's (TUKHS) commitment to the BRCF. The BRCF is fully equipped for biospecimen collection, processing, and distribution, and thus, the BRCF adheres to the OSHA laboratory standards for handling cryogens, ISBER Best Practice for Repositories, and NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources, and has developed Standard Operating Procedures to govern each of these processes. The collection, processing, and distribution of specimens by the BRCF staff has grown substantially since its inception in 2011. This now includes collections of pediatric specimens from ICC, Children's Mercy (CM) and underserved populations from the satellite biospecimen bank at Truman Medical Center (TMC), a member of the Masonic Cancer Alliance (MCA) and the largest safety-net provider in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
+ Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or related disciplines. Experience may substitute for degree on a year for year basis.
+ Work Experience: At least 5 years lab management.
+ Skills: Excellent laboratory skills. Have in-depth knowledge of specimen collection, processing, banking, and histology services. Previous experience in managing laboratory personnel. Excellent leadership, time management skills and ability to communicate with both staff and faculty.
+ Education: Master's degree and above (PhD or MD/Phd).
+ Wor Experience: 7 years lab management with supervision of laboratory staff.
+ Skills: Previous experience in managing an active biobank including investigator services, biospecimen acquisition, biospecimen processing, storage management, biospecimen distribution, and histopathology highly preferred. Familiarity with digital imaging.
Job Duties Outlined:
+ Manage all day-to-day activities in three labs (body fluids, tissue, and histology) within the Biospecimen Repository Core Facility.
+ Oversee the BRCF Clinical Laboratory Supervisors and their respective staff regarding collection and banking of human biospecimens including donated body fluids (blood, plasma, serum, bone marrow, ascites fluids, urine, salvia, etc.) and the procurement of remnant tissue from surgically resected tissues to maximize the collection of tissues. Manage operational issues for the BRCF such as biospecimen volume, quality and processing and maintains metrics on biospecimens.
+ Have in-depth knowledge of specimen collection, processing, banking, and histology services.
+ Ensure specimen requests are filled in a timely fashion.
+ Maintain all BRCF Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
+ Serve as a liaison to TUKHS Pathology group regarding tissue procurement and processing to support translational research.
+ Monitor the collection and distribution of human biospecimens for KUCC and KUMC users.