Research Assistant 3
The University of British Columbia
UBC Vancouver Campus
1d ago

Job Category

Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants

Job Profile

Non Union Salaried - Research Assistant / Technician 3


Research Core Facility Biobank Centre for Brain Health Faculty of Medicine

Compensation Range

$3, - $4, CAD Monthly

September 26, 2022

Note : Applications will be accepted until 11 : 59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job Summary

  • The Research Assistant (RA) is a key staff member of the Borgland Family Brain Tissue and DNA Bank core facility and will be responsible for taking the lead role in overseeing several complex activities including : managing the patient database, the creation of new Biobank SOPS and research protocols, overseeing rigorous ethical guidelines, scheduling the collection of derived bio specimens from surgical suites, hospital clinics, and external laboratories;
  • and will oversee the operations, testing, and maintenance of core Biobank equipment. In addition, the RC will be responsible for transporting and processing the bio specimens in a safe and timely manner.

    Organizational Status

    The Borgland Family Brain Tissue and DNA Bank is a well-established core facility dedicated to the collection, storage and distribution of the highest quality of human biospecimens.

    Located in the DM Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) building, this facility is a valuable resource used by a broad range of investigators and clinics at the UBC Hospital site and beyond.

    It serves as a critical link between clinical and research teams, allowing for the acceleration of research projects that will lead to the development of new therapies and techniques.

    This position is located within a health-care facility, therefore, the successful candidate will be required to provide verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by a provincial health mandate.

    Work Performed

  • Organizes the Biobank patient database including data entry, extraction and archiving;
  • Assists with the development of the new patient database using REDCap and Open Specimens platforms;
  • Obtains informed consent from research participants;
  • Assists the Facilities Manager with the design of experiments and / or development of new techniques and SOPS;
  • Plans and performs experiments, utilizing complex procedures or techniques; troubleshoots problems; collects, records, analyses and interprets results;
  • Coordinates, monitors and ensures the implementation and enforcement of Biobank safety rules and procedures;
  • Collects bio specimens from patients in the clinics or laboratories at DMCBH and UBC Hospital;
  • Processes a vast range of bio specimens, preserving and retrieving them according to corresponding SOPs and protocols;
  • Assesses the quality of bio specimens and conducts cell and tissue isolation and culture procedures;
  • Organizes shipping of bio specimens according to MTA and biospecimen transferring SOPs;
  • Oversees the operations, testing, and maintenance of core Biobank equipment and ensures adequate inventory of the contents of freezers and LN2 tanks, inventory of supplies and materials;
  • Provides training to undergraduate students to perform fecal specimen processing.
  • Consequence of Error / Judgement

    Errors in the processing and sorting of bio specimens could have significant detrimental effects on the Biobank. Breach of the Biobank policies and procedures, including misuse or inappropriate disclosure of patient information, may be just cause for the termination of employment.

    The RC is expected to exercise sound judgement at all times and if in doubt seek advice and guidance from the Facilities Manager.

    It is critical that the incumbent is thorough, personable and trustworthy when obtaining consent from patients. Failure to be transparent will significantly affect the reputation of the Biobank.

    Supervision Received

    The RA will report directly to the Biobank Facilities Manager.

    N / A

    Minimum Qualifications

    Completion of a relevant technical program or a university degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Completion of a relevant technical program or a university degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Experience in a hospital or research laboratory or biobank preferred. Must be organized and adaptable. Training and working knowledge in REDCap and / or other data management platforms is an asset.

    Must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

    Ability to work with others in a calm, courteous, and effective manner. Training and experience in phlebotomy and obtaining patient consent for research will be considered an asset.

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