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DNA Biobank Laboratory Assistant

The Indiana Biobank was established in July 2010 to create a "bank" of biological samples that are linked to participants' electronic medical information. The medical information includes over 8,000 variables encompassing clinical, laboratory and outcomes data. Collected samples and medical information are made available to scientists performing research that may ultimately improve the health of Hoosiers. The initial goal is to enroll 50,000 individuals in the Indiana Biobank. Over 14,000 individuals have already participated in the Indiana Biobank. The Indiana Biobank is a part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The CTSI is a statewide collaboration of scientists at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships. One of the goals of the CTSI is to help translate scientific discoveries made in the laboratory into new treatments for patients in Indiana and throughout the world. 

Part-time Biobank Inventory responsibilities include: 

65% Bench Including: 

  • Using robotic liquid handlers to prepare biological samples for automated DNA extractions Performing automated DNA extractions on biological samples 
  • Assist in creating input reagents 
  • Assist in the usage of excel sheets in order to do QC for samples that have been processed 
  • Assist with other tasks, as assigned 

35% Misc Including: 

  • Pull/restore biological samples across campus 
  • Autoclave Lab Hygiene Inventory lab supplies 

Equipment utilized: Computer, bar code scanner, and, label maker; electric and liquid nitrogen freezers and associated storage/racking systems; pipettes; personal protective equipment. 

Skills selected candidate may learn: 

Problem Solver: 

  • Basic laboratory techniques 
  • Basic lab equipment maintenance 
  • How to use automated liquid handlers 
  • CAP biobank accreditation standards
  • How to manage and prioritize multiple projects
  • Pipette proficiency 

Communicator: 

  • How to interact with large work teams 
  • Technical writing skills by helping to create and edit work group SOPs