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CSS Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber, one of the most integrated clinical, genomic and proteomic research facilities in the world, acquires and stores thousands of clinical samples each year within its tissue repository and carries out analysis using a proprietary data management and analysis system. Researchers analyze samples at the cellular and molecular level using advanced experimental platforms both in-house and in collaboration with other leading research institutions to identify biomarkers that are important to disease development and progress, so that new diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic targets can be developed. CSS Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber’s primary focus is improving patient care and the quality of life for the patient and their family by rapidly translating molecular and clinical research.

FULL TME POSITIONS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR- BIOBANK

Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW- www.wriwindber.org) is currently looking for an Assistant Director for their College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified Biobank. Established in 2001, the CSSIMMW Biobank works with multiple sites across the nation and is involved in sample acquisition/processing, sample distribution, long term storage and biospecimen research. The Assistant Director will support the Director in the management of the CSSIMMW Biobank as well as in the design and supervision of biospecimen science research activities.

Responsibilities: Assist the Director in the implementation of departmental goals, and enhancement of productivity within the biobank unit while ensuring compliance with biobanking best practices, human subject research regulations and all other applicable regulations. Support the Director with the day-to-day operations, management of multiple projects in tandem, monitor progress, maintain timelines and produce management and scientific reports. Assist in the design and conduct of research including biospecimen science research.

Qualification: The qualified candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent in a biomedical science field with at least five years’ experience in the field of biobanking, biospecimen science research and/or translational research using human biospecimen. Knowledge of the biobanking industry and best practice standards are required. Strong organizational and communication skills including scientific communication skills are required.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST – BIOBANK

This position seeks an individual with hands-on laboratory working experience who will join the Biospecimen Science Research team of the Biobank at Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW). The successful candidate will apply genomics and proteomics methods to study biospecimens with the aim of elucidating the effects of handling and processing activities on molecular integrity of biospecimens, and how molecular integrity of donor specimen potentially affects the result and success of biomedical research. Data from these studies will guide the design of biomedical research studies, the development of laboratory protocols and biobanking best practices for specimen collection, handling, and processing. PhD in a related field such as Molecular Biology, Biochemistry required. At least one year of postdoctoral research experience preferred. New PhD graduates with the appropriate prior experience can be considered. Extensive hands-on laboratory experience and good publication record is required. Strong organizational, communication and writing skills are also required.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT – BIOBANK

Key responsibilities: Blood processing and aliquoting, sample cataloging, retrieval and distribution for research projects, data entry and record keeping. Other related biobanking duties may be assigned and will be commensurate with the position. This is a supervised position.

Qualifications: The position is open to individuals with the following qualifications- Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT), Associate degree in the Life Sciences or related field. Recent graduates or those graduating in 2021 are encouraged to apply.

Experience: Prior laboratory experience will be an advantage. The candidate should possess strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft applications. The ability to quickly pick up data management software skills will be an advantage. Also required are organizational and communicational (verbal and written) skills with an attention to detail. The position requires a candidate who is a quick learner with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE I – BIOBANK

 Key responsibilities: Biological sample inventory management: receiving samples shipped weekly to CSSIMMW, identifying samples requested for research, retrieval of samples from freezers, and sample distribution for research. This position also involves data entry and cataloguing, sample processing (blood and nucleic acid extractions) and record keeping (freezer, environmental, instrument maintenance). Other related biobanking duties may be assigned and will be commensurate with the position. This is a supervised position.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in a scientific field. Candidates with an Associate’s Degree or Medical Laboratory Technician (MTL) with at least 5 years of related experience will be considered.

Experience: Laboratory experience will be required. Communication and organizational skills with high attention to detail are required. Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft applications are required, and the ability to quickly learn new data management software skills will be an advantage. The candidate should be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

DIRECTOR OF MOLECULAR LAB

The Director has the responsibility for managing the day to day operations of a department of the Institute. These responsibilities include managing projects, personnel and budgets for the department. In addition a director has input into the institutional planning and yearly budgeting exercises. It is expected that Directors propose and execute new projects and actively identify and pursue new funding opportunities. Maintaining a vigorous research program and assuring the communication of research results, through presentations and publications, is also part of a Director’s responsibilities. The Director of Molecular Lab is expected to possess and understand major molecular biology laboratory work skills and genomics research experimental platforms, with experience leading large scale molecular biology processing such as extractions of biomolecules from human tissues for research projects. PhD or equivalent in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field required; master’s degree with five years’ experience is considered PhD equivalent. A wide range of hands-on experiences using molecular and biochemical experimental methods including major genomic experimental platforms. Experience in proteomic experimental platforms is a plus. 10+ years of work experience after post-doctoral training preferred. 5+ year’s managerial experience preferred. Established researcher as evidenced by a strong publications track record. Experience in grant applications.

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE –MOLECULAR LAB

The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for extracting DNA and RNA of high quality from various types of tissue specimens and assessing the quantity and quality of the extracted materials. He/she will also be responsible for performing protocols for sample identity matching. BS in Biology or related field required. 10+ years of experience required.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Good knowledge of an appropriate scientific area, Ability to perform laboratory experiments using protocols, Ability to work independently, Ability to program laboratory instruments, troubleshoot and to present experimental results in an appropriate format required.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE III – MOLECULAR LAB

The Research Associate III will be responsible for extracting DNA and RNA of high quality from various types of tissue specimens and assessing the quantity and quality of the extracted materials. He/she will also be responsible for performing protocols for sample identity matching. BS in Biology or related field required. 5-10 years of experience required. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Good knowledge of an appropriate scientific area, Ability to perform laboratory experiments using protocols, Ability to work independently, Ability to program laboratory instruments, troubleshoot and to present experimental results in an appropriate format required.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II – MOLECULAR LAB

The Research Associate II will be responsible for extracting DNA and RNA of high quality from various types of tissue specimens and assessing the quantity and quality of the extracted materials. He/she will also be responsible for performing protocols for sample identity matching. BS in Biology or related field required. 3-5 years of experience required. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Good knowledge of an appropriate scientific area, Ability to perform laboratory experiments using protocols, Ability to work independently, Ability to program laboratory instruments, troubleshoot and to present experimental results in an appropriate format required.

PROGRAM MANAGER

This position supports the Director of Research Operations with managing research programs and identifying ways to improve manpower utilization, work flow and procedures to increase efficiency and productivity. Track program activities by developing schedules and implement recovery plans for off-schedule and unanticipated events. Bachelor of Business Administration degree required. 2 years related experience required preferably in a life sciences setting.

DATA ANALYST – BIOINFORMATICS

This position is responsible for providing data analysis and data mining support in integrative biomedical research on breast cancer, as wells as other cancer types using data acquired with genomic and proteomic technologies to integrate with clinicopathologic data acquired internally, with collaborators and from public databases. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Students anticipating graduation of a degree within 6 months and capable of working on a part-time basis are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have experience in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, or a closely related field; candidates who have programming experience and are willing to receive training on bioinformatics are particularly encouraged and will be placed in a part-time/internship track initially. High levels of proficiency in programming skills using R, Python, and/or Perl, experience in Linux environments and cloud computing systems. Experience in data science and applying computational methods to genomic data is highly desirable. Experience in the development of statistical methods and algorithms would be an additive.

Posting Date: May 10, 2021

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY / AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

How to Apply

Please print and complete an application (link below) and submit with resume and cover letter by e-mail to careers@wriwindber.org, by mail or by fax 814-467-3453

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Windber Research Institute
600 Somerset Avenue
Windber, PA 15963

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