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The Vision Research Moonshot at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) is focused on finding new ways to prevent loss or restore vision in patients with diabetes. To do so the Vision Research Moonshot strives to get an in depth understanding of the pathophysiology of diabetic retinal disease using human donor tissues. In collaboration with national eye banks, the VRM will be obtaining ocular tissues from individual donors. The VRM is currently seeking a Tissue Bank Coordinator for this Biorepository. The VRM Coordinator will be: Responsible for operation of a specialized area with a faculty leader and a growing team within a recognized unit; Operate with considerable latitude in unreviewed actions or decisions; Act as liaison between the PI & the team of the VRM, and the tissue banks, clinics, UM central biorepository and bioinformatics/Data Management team; Suggest options for improving quality, rigor and effectiveness, identifies potential problems, recommends and implements solutions; May supervise exempt and non-exempt research and support personnel; Monitors budget and researches and makes recommendations regarding the purchase of equipment. The Coordinator will not be responsible for processing and recovery of the samples.
Work with faculty and other project leadership to develop plans and strategies to develop protocols and procedures for the development of the tissue bio-repository. Supervise and evaluate the technical team responsible for sample processing and dispatching
Develop policies and procedures for external collection sites to assure proper collection and handling methodologies for collection of delivery and tissue to the University of Michigan site. Supervise monitoring of compliance to such procedures.
Develop policies and procedures for and independently manage communication with diverse stakeholders, internal and external to the Vision Research Moonshot, interact closely with tissue procurement teams and end-user research labs, provide outstanding customer service; coordinate biological material shipments; resolve discrepancies identified during the sample verification process; respond to inquiries regarding specimens from internal and external departments; make decisions independently to prioritize requests.
Develop policies and procedures based on experiment-specific criteria, technical teams properly prepare for shipment biological samples as required to fulfill requests from VRM Tissue Interrogation Sites (TIS)
Ensure that all sites and personnel understand and service complex biospecimen shipping requests, and provide expert guidance in preparing and routing samples to the appropriate end user; closely monitor and track precise details regarding bio-specimen locations at any given time.
Work independently in a validated Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), to track specimen location and processing events, collection kit production, and maintain documentation in accordance with established procedures; perform basic database queries and create new sample distribution requests as needed; enter and update data in inventory control systems, and perform quality control of biospecimen inventory/location management.
Ensure policies and procedures require that VRM Tissue Biorepository duties are performed properly and ensure compliance with the procedures for biospecimen management, with meticulous attention to details; that all shipments of human biological samples are received and recorded properly that there is appropriate processes to verify sample integrity and data accuracy, consolidate inventory, retrieve and distribute samples.
Analyze processes to develop, author, implement and train employees on tissue bank and logistics SOPs, suggest and implement improvements to current processes and methods as appropriate. Participate in required training related to position taking personal responsibility for being current in all training activities Participate in quality management system and continuous improvement endeavors, including laboratory certification and accreditation, management activities, audit preparation, and team member recruitment activities, participate in customer and regulatory audits; follow departmental work instructions, SOP’s and EHS safety regulations.
Manage daily activities/responsibilities and assignments to meet business needs; establishes priorities using inputs from business requirements and/or internal customer needs; maintain a high level of organization to independently manage all aspects of complex service requests and think creatively to resolve challenges as encountered. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience
Use of Laboratory Information Management Systems, and freezer inventory management systems.
Strong preference for candidates with experience in laboratory Quality Management Systems.
Supervisory and financial management experience.
Experience in customer service.
A minimum of 3 years of experience closely working in a management position (preferably involving data/clinical information management) with regular interactions with internal and external stakeholders.
Previous experience with progressively more responsible roles.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in team science.
Very high degree of organization and collaborative skills.
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