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-Time Positions

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR- BIOBANK (August 5, 2020)

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 II- TISSUE BANK (August 5, 2020)

The individual in this position will work on a number of areas in the Tissue Bank unit which could include the following, biospecimen processing, storage, and retrieval, biospecimen research activities, quality control/assurance activities. BS or higher degree in a scientific field required. 1-3 years related experience required. Required skills: Ability to preform laboratory experiments using protocols, ability to work independently, ability to program laboratory instruments and able to trouble shoot.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE III- MOLECULAR LAB (August 5, 2020)

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 preforming 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 preform 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 (August 5, 2020)

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 preforming 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 preform laboratory experiments using protocols, Ability to work independently, Ability to program laboratory instrument, troubleshoot and to present experimental results in an appropriate format required.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II- MOLECULAR LAB (August 5, 2020)

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 preforming 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 preform laboratory experiments using protocols, Ability to work independently, Ability to program laboratory instrument, troubleshoot and to present experimental results in an appropriate format required.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE I- TISSUE BANK (August 5, 2020)

This position will provide general support for all tissue banking actives including: carrying out routine sample processing, coordinate sample collection, routine sample storage and retrieval, perform QA related to tissue banking activities, maintain and troubleshoot freezers, nitrogen supply and alarms and maintain inventory of supplies. Associates degree or certification in a related field required. Prior experience preferred. Required skills included ability to preform laboratory experiments, troubleshoot program laboratory instruments and collect and present data in appropriate format.

PROGRAM MANAGER (August 5, 2020)

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 (August 5, 2020)

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 may be placed in a part-time 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 (August 5, 2020)

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 the 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, though 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 are required. 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.

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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All application materials are treated as confidential and are retained for a period of six months, at which time all resumes and applications are shredded. To apply for a position you must meet the minimum requirements as posted. Selection is based on education, experience and interview results. A criminal background check is required for all positions.

Windber Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate in its employment practices on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, color, age or non-job related handicap or disability.