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:
1. Inventory/document sample IDs and storage locations in -80oC freezers. 50%
o Inventory samples in freezers.
o Update files and laboratory information management system (LIMS) to reflect inventory.
o Problem solve and report differences during inventory.
2. Pull samples from storage locations for distribution to researchers. 20%
o Travel between various freezer locations.
o Handle multiple sample types including plasma, serum, DNA, RNA, ect.
o Track and report discrepancies.
3. Specimen retrieval and transport between labs. 20%
o Use department golf cart to transport samples across campus.
o Maintain chain of custody and sample integrity during transportation.
4. Receive specimens, perform inventory and de-identify as needed per protocol. 5%
o Perform initial inventory of samples.
o Remove old labels and attach new labels.
o Track the old and new labels for quality purposes.
5. General lab duties 5%
o Autoclave biohazard waste, restock lab supplies, perform stock room inventory, etc.
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 to better their communication skills across a large group of individuals using multiple tools (ie: email, Skype, TEAMS chat and group channels). Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are used to train and students will learn how to track their training/retraining and maintain compliance. While doing their daily tasks, 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). Someone in this position will be able to develop excellent time management while learning how to track and report their metrics to management. A lot of tasks are assigned individually, which means a person in this position will be able to flourish if they like to work on a task from start to finish. 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. There are times where a task is large enough to warrant multiple people assigned to it. This type of tasks will allow the individuals working here the time to develop relationships and manage working with different types of people. Along with being assigned tasks, 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.