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The Research Specialist is responsible for research and training of key duties of the Georgetown Brain Bank (GBB) and Harris Neuropathology Research Lab. The incumbent assists in management of tissue and biofluid procurement with the current Autopsy Coordinator, autopsy assistants, Assistant Director and Director. While the position will not require performing autopsies, it will require tissue sampling from human brains and spinal columns at the time of autopsy. S/he will be involved in consenting individuals for premortem biofluids and next-of-kin for biobanking postmortem collections. Serving both GUMC and MedStar by providing clinical autopsy evaluations, educational opportunities for students, medical house staff, and faculty, and for procuring and providing tissue and biofluids to the research community, the Research Specialist has additional duties that include but are not limited to:
Oversees GBB tissue procurement, distribution coordination, and tissue analysis, especially as it relates to the ALS Postmortem Core Project.
Oversees student, resident, and fellow mentorship.
Manages lab safety oversight/training.
Handles lab ordering and expense reconciliation.
Travels for tissue collection as we actively expand the work of the GBB beyond the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) when necessary.
Organizes tissues in the laboratory and oversees clinical data entered into an on-line database, coordinating tissue distribution to researchers at GUMC and other institutions.
Interacts with a wide variety of individuals: patients and family members, students, faculty (internal and external), and staff from various offices.
Requirements and Qualifications
Master's Degree in a biomedical disciple
At least 5 years' experience in human anatomy, biobanking, and/or clinical trial work
Cell and molecular biology technical skills and neuroscience background will be given preference
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