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MD Anderson Cancer Center Tissue Procurement Specialist in Houston, Texas


The primary purpose of the Tissue Procurement Specialist is to provide technical support in the preparation and procurement of human research materials. Impacts the clinical trial patients in designated protocol and the efficiency and effectiveness of research conducted in the Department of GI Medical Oncology.

Key Functions

  1. Responsible for the collection, procurement and harvest of fresh biological specimens; facilitating specialized harvests for investigators; and processing, archiving and distribution of routine specimens banked for future use.

  2. Must create and maintain a departmental/team data base with detailed records of receiving and return of outside samples. The data should include details of pending samples from within MDACC as well as from outside institutions.

  3. Provides research support of specimen collection, processing and specimen distribution for pharmacology studies and clinical trials in outpatient clinics. Coordinates blood sampling and tissue collection by interacting with the multi-disciplinary team, nursing staff and the Tissue Banking and Procurement Facility, as well as outside institutions.

  4. Requests, harvested specimens and associated archived and disbursed samples.

  5. Orders tissue from outside institutions and within MD Anderson pathology department.

  6. Orders fresh biopsy collections in Biospecimen Information Management System (BIMS)

  7. Packages and ships specimens per clinical trial specifications; stores samples via on- site labs as applicable.

  8. Responsible for the review, abstracting and interpreting of complex clinical data and providing administrative support of the electronic data management database for the central Tissue Procurement Repository.

  9. Create manifest for distribution of samples to sponsors, and or other requestors. As well as being able to reconcile manifest from outside collaborators of samples received to the GITTeamm.

  10. Reconciles and organizes data and records for timely submission of reports on human tissue procured.

  11. Collaborates with research team and principal investigator in large-scale multi-protocol clinical trial projects.

  12. Participates in the development of policies, procedures and study workflow processes.

  13. Participates in protocol start up meetings and close-out visits.

  14. A basic knowledge of medical terminology is required.

  15. Must have good communication skills, both verbal and written.

  16. Assist in research activities in the laboratory. Processing, shipping and storing specimens per protocol requirements.

MARGINAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Other duties as assigned.

High school diploma or equivalent. Education Preferred: Associate's degree. Three years of medical or laboratory research experience. With preferred degree, one year of required experience. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 141996

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 33,200

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 41,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 49,800

  • Science Jobs: No

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