Under direct supervision, you will aid in sample collection for the Thoracic Biorepository and its collaborators. This involves aiding in coordination of timing of sample collections by communicating with the research coordination team, collecting samples, processing of samples, accurate logging and storage of samples, sample inventory and data quality control, and communication with supporting core facilities who further process samples. You will assist in fulfilling requests for samples, including tracking the status of requests, pulling them from the inventory and shipping them. You will also assist in general laboratory operation, such as monitoring supplies levels and requesting them to be ordered as needed, and updating SOPs as needed to reflect current practices.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Collect human samples for the Thoracic Biorepository and its collaborators
Monitor the collections schedule and collect patient samples from the OR, surgical pathology, and patient clinics in a timely manner
Follow Thoracic Biorepository standard operating procedures for collection, processing, logging, and storage of human samples
Follow VUMC safety protocols for handling biohazard level 2 samples
Maintain accurate logs of incoming samples and of sample locations in the Thoracic Biorepository inventory
Assist in fulfilling requests for samples
Assist in logging new requests and update request status as they progress
Aid in making supporting documentation for each request, including the request form, list of samples to be pulled for the request, and shipment manifest
Aid in pulling samples for the request
Follow VUMC safety protocols for shipping of biological samples
Assist in general laboratory operation
Sample inventory and data quality control
Monitor level of lab supplies and alert your supervisor when supplies need to be ordered
Update SOPs as needed to reflect current practices
Maintain an organized and clean lab area
Attention to detail – accuracy in sample storage and data logging, ability to follow SOPs
Time management skills – follow collections schedule to collect in a timely manner
Some flexibility of hours, at times coming as early as 7 am or staying as late as 5:30 pm depending on collections scheduled
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