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#103395 Biorepository Assistant

Extended Review Date: Mon 3/23/2020

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/22/2020 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/31/2020. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 49 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs. The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. The Center supports one of the broadest ranges of cancer activities in the nation – from fundamental and translational cancer research in molecular genetics and advanced molecular therapeutics, and from population studies of cancer incidence to community education about cancer prevention and risk reduction.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited MCC Biorepository serves as a shared resource to provide optimal and standardized acquisition, processing, management and technical innovation/quality control of human biospecimens for distribution for research. The Biorepository contains plasma, serum, tumor samples, and other biospecimens. These can be provided to investigators with IRB and Cancer Sample Banking Committee approved protocols. Samples are collected from consented subjects and de-identified clinical information on the subjects is collected over time.

Under direct supervision of the Biorepository Assistant Director, recruit Cancer Center and Medical Center patients for sample banking. The samples will be available to Cancer Center researchers and community investigators for oncology research. Duties will include assisting with identifying and obtaining informed consent from patients seen in Cancer Center clinics or inpatients. Collect relevant medical data per protocol. Coordinate with clinical pathology laboratory for blood sample to be drawn, and/or draw blood samples as necessary, if certified in phlebotomy. Transport samples to lab per specifications and process for storage (including Ficoll separation of blood samples). Assist in creation and maintenance of a database that correlates samples with medical data. Accurately record data into appropriate databases. Perform long term follow-up of participating patients, request ongoing medical data as applicable. Under direct supervision, the Assistant will maintain inventory and supplies relating to serum collection and processing. Coordinate specimen packaging and shipping with outside investigator's labs as necessary. Act as a liaison for the Biorepository with investigators/researchers both at UCSD and in the community. Must maintain strict confidentiality.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, microbiology, social sciences, or related field, as typically attained by a Bachelor's degree, or have equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to handle patient samples for processing and shipping. Knowledge to comply with the State of California laboratory guidelines/requirements regarding biosafety/universal precautions.

  • Experience in obtaining patient/participant informed consent to contribute biospecimens for research and/or to participate in research studies. Ability to clearly answer questions relating to study and convey pertinent information. Ability to understand all aspects of the Biorepository Research Plan for biospecimens.

  • Experience performing laboratory research experiments/duties.

  • Experience handling blood for processing, including the preparation of serum, plasma and buffy coat pellets according to SOPs.

  • Ability to perform Ficoll separation and aliquoting of blood samples. Experience working with sterile technique biosafety hoods and/or hazardous materials.

  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge of using computer software applications including word processing and database applications and email. Accurate computer word-processing and database skills.

  • Attention to detail required in file and record keeping duties.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and comply with HIPAA regulations.

  • Excellent interpersonal, as well as written and verbal communication skills (using grammatically correct written English and accurate typing) to interact with a variety of personalities at all levels of the organization, exercising tact, mature judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility to promote positive working relationships and job effectiveness.

  • Excellent phone etiquette skills.


  • Knowledge of medical terminology, oncology disease processes and treatments, oncology clinical research and related diagnostic and laboratory procedures.

  • Experience performing Phlebotomy (Phlebotomy and CPR certification).

  • Experience working with IRB and HIPAA policies regulating Biospecimen collection.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings when necessary.

  • Must be able to travel to different locations as needed and provide own transportation.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
CANCER CENTER/ Solid Tumor Therapeutics
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Moores Cancer Center
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RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri


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