Biobank Inventory Assistant
One of the first human genetics departments in the country, the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at IU School of Medicine has a rich history of training geneticists and genetic counselors and providing genetic consultation and counseling services. The department contributes to the understanding of numerous genetic conditions through the integration of basic research in genetic and genomic mechanisms, translational research in disease models, and clinical trials in rare and common genetic diseases.
Part-time Biobank Inventory responsibilities include:
Inventory/document sample IDs and storage locations in -80oC freezers. Compare to data entered in laboratory information management system (LIMS). Report findings to Accessioning/Inventory Supervisor. 50%
Pull samples from storage locations for distribution to researchers. Follow Cold Chain SOP. Report discrepancies to Accessioning/Inventory Supervisor. 20%
Specimen retrieval and transport between labs. 20%
Receive specimens, perform inventory and de-identify as needed per protocol. 5%
General lab duties (autoclave biohazard waste, relabel and/or de-identify specimens, restock lab supplies, perform stock room inventory, etc). 5%
Skills and Abilities:
Attention to detail.
Ability to receive instruction and work independently.
Excellent work ethic.
Valid driver’s license
Must have basic computer skills; prefer experience using databases. Must show initiative, personal responsibility and organization, ability to work/communicate effectively with multiple supervisors.
Through this position students will learn:
Students will learn how to communicate using multiple tools (ie: email, Skype, TEAMS chat and group channels). They will learn how to prepare for, attend and participate in weekly or biweekly meetings conducted by the lead technician. Management asks for feedback from staff for workflow improvements, allowing students to develop their ability to convey their ideas effectively; and refine them through trial and error. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are used to train and students will learn how to track their training/retraining and maintain compliance. Students are assigned individual projects in a weekly scheduled. They are given the ability to develop time management while learning how to track and report their metrics to management. They will learn proper recordkeeping and documentation through good lab practices (GLP), how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to handle temperature sensitive specimens (Cold Chain Management). Management receive requests from clients through an electronic ticketing system. Requests are delegated to students to help resolve. During this process, students develop their problem solving and communication skills. They are taught how to locate specimens in question, document discrepancies and resolve following instructions from management. These projects are completed individually or as a group.