Careers

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

DIRECTOR OF BIOINFORMATICS

Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW- www.wriwindber.org) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Director of Bioinformatics. This position responsibilities include managing the day to day operations of a department of the Institute, as well as managing projects, personnel and budgets for the department. In addition, the Director has input into the institutional planning and yearly budgeting exercises. It is expected that the Director 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 required. The Director of Bioinformatics is expected to possess and understand major bioinformatics data analysis methods and algorithms across genomic, proteomic, and clinical areas with an established national reputation to effectively lead the bioinformatics research and data analysis support work in the bioinformatics department. PhD or equivalent in bioinformatics, computational biology, biomedical informatics, or a related field, master’s degree with five years’ experience is considered PhD equivalent. A wide range of hands-on experiences in bioinformatics data analysis using common genomic and proteomic applications, and statistical data analysis tools. 10+ years of work experience after post-doctoral training preferred. 5+ year’s managerial experience preferred. Nationally recognized researcher as evidenced by a strong publications track record and service as an invited speaker to scientific conferences. Successful experience in grant applications. Experiences as a grant reviewer and/or scientific journal editor.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

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 ASSOCIATE I – BIOBANK INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW- www.wriwindber.org) is currently accepting applications for a Full-Time Research Associate position to support the sample inventory management needs of their College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited human research biobank which serves multiple national research programs. This position will require excellent computer skills and the ability to quickly understand and utilize a variety of inventory management tools.

Key responsibilities: Sample receiving, banking and sample shipments; perform data entry and sample quality checks; assist with sample requests and sample distribution.

Qualifications: BS degree in the Life Sciences or related field; minimum of one (1) year in a research or data management environment.

The potential candidate should possess excellent computer skills and understanding of Microsoft Office Suite, excellent organizational and communication (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 II – BIOBANK INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW- www.wriwindber.org) is currently accepting applications for a Full-Time Research Associate position to support the sample inventory management needs of their College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited human research biobank which serves multiple national research programs. This position will require excellent computer skills and the ability to quickly understand and utilize a variety of data and inventory management tools.

Key responsibilities: Organize and maintain sample data files, perform data queries across data files for sample distribution; manage data quality across data files/databases; coordinate sample returns; perform sample receiving, banking and shipments; provide reports.

Qualifications: BS or higher degree in the Life Sciences or related field and a minimum of 4 (four) years in a research or data management environment.

The successful candidate will have excellent computer skills and an understanding of Microsoft Office Suite, excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills with great attention to detail. Experience of database query tools with Microsoft Excel is required and knowledge of a Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) would be an asset. The position requires the ability to manage projects independently while maintaining good team spirit and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE III – BIOBANK INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW- www.wriwindber.org) is currently accepting applications for a Full-Time Research Associate position to support the sample inventory management needs of their College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited human research biobank which serves multiple national research programs. This position will require excellent computer skills to enable a quick understanding and utilization of a variety of data and inventory management tools.

Key responsibilities: Collate and manage sample inventory data for projects, develop dashboards for sample inventory for projects; query sample data files and provide quality assurance/quality control reports; assist with sample reporting for the different research projects/programs.

Qualifications: BS or higher degree in the Life Sciences or related field and a minimum of 8 (eight) years in a research or data management environment.

The successful candidate will possess excellent computer skills and a good understanding of Microsoft Office Suite; excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills with great attention to detail. Experience of database query tools with Microsoft Excel and knowledge of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) is required. The position requires independent management of tasks, high initiative in the identification of new goals, and great team spirit. The ability to achieve speed and efficiency in a fast-paced environment will be an additional asset.

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – BIOBANK INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW- www.wriwindber.org) is currently accepting applications for a Full-Time Senior Research Associate position to support the sample inventory management needs of their College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited human research biobank which serves multiple national research programs. This position will require excellent computer skills to enable a quick understanding and utilization of a variety of data and inventory management tools.

Key responsibilities: Perform sample data file management, manage end-to-end traceability of all associated sample data files throughout the sample life cycle, perform queries across data files including quality assurance/quality control; provide audit-ready and validated data reports on key metrics, provide regular reports on sample inventory for the different projects.

Qualifications: BS or higher degree in the Life Sciences or related field and a minimum of 15 (fifteen) years in a research or data management environment.

The candidate will possess excellent computer skills, excellent understanding of Microsoft Office Suite, excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills with great attention to detail. Experience of database query tools with Microsoft Excel and knowledge of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) is required. The position requires the ability to lead and mentor staff and initiate new goals. The candidate should be able to independently execute tasks while being a great team player. The role will require the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Posting Date: November 24, 2020

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
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Windber, PA 15963

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