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To provide reliable and cost-effective access to high-quality human tissue, blood, other body fluid samples, and associated clinical and specimen annotation data for innovative diagnostic, therapeutic and public health sciences research. The network coordinating center provides quality customer service and a streamlined, efficient method for identifying and requesting specimens from network partners.
Coordinating/streamlining specimen access for research
Enable contributing biobanks/biospecimen procurement organizations to increase awareness and utilization of their available resources
Sharing best practices and keeping up with national and international trends
This role will report directly to the Network Advisor within the division of Research Administration.
Core Job Functions
Facilitate partnership development across SAN organizations with direction from SAN Director
Assist the Directors and Network Advisor to develop an operating budget for the SAN and manage funds accordingly
Partner with directors/coordinators from other major Fred Hutch and Consortium initiatives (i.e. Cascadia Data Discovery Initiative, Translational Genomics Repository, etc.) to develop and manage master material/data transfer agreements with SAN organizations
Help develop guidelines (recommendations/regulations) for data use or specimen use, depending on research context, to be shared across SAN
Follow up on use of specimens distributed within the network (annual reporting on impact/use)
Work with customers to ensure reporting of scientific impact (including acknowledgement on and information about resulting publications, grants, trials, etc.)
Provide access to SOPs/best practices for specimen collection and management to partner organizations
Address feedback from partner organizations and customers by tailoring services, managing network agreements and other avenues as necessary
Develop and carry out education and outreach activities about services available through the coordinating center
Assist the SAN Directors to create agendas, plan for Governance Committee meetings and other SAN events
Other tasks and activities as needed and assigned
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of best practices and guidelines to advise faculty with related questions
Draft documents (protocols, consents… etc.)
Refresh, as needed, reference docs to ensure compliance (HIPAA, GINA, CFR, ISBER… etc.) with all current guidelines/best practices (in conjunction with key stakeholders and governance committee members)
Provide a point of contact for faculty who have questions relating to study set-up, data collection/tracking, data-sharing, specimen use, etc. at any point in the research lifecycle. This requires using the knowledge outlined above, learnings derived over time through serving in this role, and sharing from experience of other researchers.
With this knowledge, begin to develop recommendations/best practices and mechanisms for sharing, as relevant
Help enable a larger specimen acquisition/data management community across the nation to share best practices, engage learning and develop strategic partnerships
Other tasks and activities as needed and assigned
Minimum of 5 years of directly related experience to the healthcare or research field
Laboratory or research experience working with biospecimens/biospecimen data
Some IRB proposal experience required
Strong analytical abilities and problem-solving skills
Experience managing multiple projects from inception through closure
Problem-solver and ability to jump in and help as needed
Flexibility and adaptability
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, complex environment
Strong communications skills
Masters level or higher
Experience generating and/or managing genomic data
Some genomics regulatory understanding or knowledge
Ability to take initiative and use sound and independent judgment in carrying out responsibilities and managing shifting priorities.
Outstanding interpersonal skills
Ability to think critically, work independently, and act as a team member
Positive attitude and sense of humor
Basic knowledge of clinical and research terminology
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