This Sr. Lab Coordinator position will coordinate the service support efforts of the Cell Center of the Genetic Resources Core Facility. Responsible for the daily operation, training, oversight and participation in the bioprocessing of blood specimens, cell line growth, quality control, and supply inventory. Assist in the oversight of the operating budget, routine vendor maintenance, on call scheduling and response, generalized laboratory functions and the laboratory.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Cell Culture and Bioprocessing (30%)
Follow established procedures or protocols and utilize aseptic technique to maintain human and animal cells in culture.
Supervise and provide expert technical guidance to the bioprocessing staff for all tissue culture work.
Manage cell culture for special projects including preparation of media and tissue culture reagents; sterilization and preparation of tissue culture equipment; handling cultures; and propagation, maintenance and special manipulations of cell lines (e.g.. EBV transformations), and cryopreservation.
Oversee inventory of shipping stocks and quality control checks on shipping stocks. Prepare live flasks for shipment for special project.
Prepare fibroblast cells from skin biopsy.
Initiate and set up clinical research/trial support services for new investigators.
Monitor clinical research support services.
Monitor the shipping of biological specimens and cell lines to investigators at other institutions (international/domestic shipments of biological according to federal regulations), depositing and retrieving frozen specimens from liquid nitrogen freezers and minus 80 degree freezers with the assistance of the Biorepository Coordinator.
Monitor dry ice along with Biorepository Coordinator, and prepare invoices for dry ice if needed.
Respond to Biorepository enquiries from current/new clients as needed.
Set up new Biorepository services with new clients as needed.
Maintain accurate data records. Update database and documentation in laboratory notebooks. Maintain and make minor adjustments to equipment, e.g., calibrating, alignment.
Utilize various software applications to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports.
Carry out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision.
Coordinate bioprocessing projects and ensure timely project completion.
Compile and review quality control records.
Review monthly expenses and budget.
Assist with the preparation of capital purchase budget.
Monitor accuracy of current protocols and modify as needed.
Negotiate blanket orders/service contracts.
Authorize time sheets.
Report and respond to Budget Administrator.
Process major equipment purchase, annual and bi-annual preventive maintenance contract purchase, after reviewing with Cell Center Director in SAP.
Process daily purchases needed to run the business of the Cell Center.
Oversee the quality control process, i.e., when samples are received (primarily blood), determine if the samples are of acceptable quality to test.
Develop assessment and care plan for 150 cell lines per week.
Write and revise Standard Operating Procedures.
Generate invoices and conduct monthly billing for 10X Genomics, and oversee bioprocessing billing.
Develop and deliver employee training.
Seek equipment repair when needed.
Demonstrate flexibility and re-establish priorities and work plans to compensate for unanticipated changes in work volume to adequately meet departmental needs as deemed necessary by Cell Center Director.
Inform director in a timely manner when difficult problems, unusual development or activities occur.
Participate in the development and implementation of lab goals and objectives.
Participate on problem-solving process based in comprehensive analysis of situations while demonstrating the use of a logical, reasoned, factual and systematic approach.
Recognize own limitations and seek help from appropriate resources when needed.
Maintain office hours for clients and vendors.
Meet with fee-for-service clients as needed.
Monitor worldwide bioshipments.
Monitor Biorepository inventory.
Monitor inventory levels and order materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, document orders upon receipt.
Assist as needed with generalized administrative functions as part of daily Biorepository and Cell Center functions.
Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.
Supervise the work of two to three staff and oversee the work of one intern.
Responsible for the delegation of duties, approval of work, and vacation schedule.
Assist staff with technical problems.
Meet weekly with the bioproessing team to ensure timeliness and quality of project deliverables and to maintain productive environment.
Meet monthly with the director to provide updates, discuss issues, and review overall performance of the center.
Technical Writing and Speaking (10%)
Write Updates of Cell Center Standard Operating Procedures (100+ detailed protocols).
Write Updates of Cell Center Laboratory Safety Manual.
Ensure that Hopkins researchers are kept aware of the services provided by Biorepository and Cell Center.
Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related field.
3 years related experience.
Master’s degree with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula***.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Proficient in the use of the Sensaphone alarm system.
Able to multitask and have strong attention to detail.
Willing to adapt to change.
Demonstrate ability to function appropriately and efficiently in dealing with unexpected or stressful situations and multiple interruptions.
Demonstrate highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.
Able to relate well and work with all levels of staff.
Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines.
Consistently uses discretion when discussing confidential matters.
Able to utilize constructive criticism and/or self-evaluation skills to improve own work performance or behavior.
Outgoing, friendly, knowledgeable, and highly responsible.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:
HIPAA, DOT/IATA Dangerous Goods Shipping, Chemical Waste Management (obtained after employment).
Must posse a valid driver’s license with clean driving record.
Any Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:
Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
Finger dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm.
Communication skills using the spoken word
Ability to lift, carry, and move supplies, computers, glassware, etc.
2 full-time Research Technologists.
1 temporary Laboratory Worker.
***JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. . For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Classified Title: Sr. Laboratory Coordinator Working Title: Bioprocessing Coordinator Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB Starting Salary Range: $47,200-$57,300 (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002886-SOM Genetic Resources Core Facility GRCF Personnel area: School of Medicine
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