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Senior Laboratory Coordinator

Posted: 06/06/2022

The Senior Laboratory Coordinator is responsible for coordination of oncology clinical trial study specimens and supplies per protocol requirements. This includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and ancillary studies for Industry-Sponsored, Cooperative Group and Investigator Initiated clinical trials.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the region's only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center where patients gain access to the most promising therapies, cutting-edge clinical trials and world class research.

We offer competitive compensation AND a Comprehensive Benefits Package:

Health, dental, vision (effective day 1), employer paid life, LTD, flexible benefits plan, miscellaneous voluntary plans available, paid vacation and sick (begin accruing upon hire), holidays, discretionary day, bereavement leave, jury duty, military leave, and paid parental leave. Generous retirement contributions. Go to for more information: Benefits (kumc.edu)

Required Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or other science related area. Experience may substitute for degree on a year for year basis.
  • Work Experience: Minimum 1-2 year lab assistance experience with demonstrated lab tech skills.
  • Skills: Has a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skills: Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Has a basic knowledge of the overall sections which comprise the laboratory and each section’s functions. Demonstrate competence in the areas of critical thinking, interpersonal relationships, and technical skills. Previous oncology experience. Ability to read, speak and write Spanish preferred.

Job Duties Outlined:

  • Possess an in-depth knowledge of specimen collection, processing and shipping requirements for protocols available within the Clinical Trials Office. Accurately obtain, process and manage serial specimens (blood or other body fluids) obtained from patients participating in clinical trials.

  • Collaborate with Cancer Center laboratory and treatment area staff to secure and process specimens in a timely manner; collaborates with KU Hospital laboratory and pathology departments; collaborates with Tissue Repository staff and assists with obtaining and shipping tissue specimens based on IATA/DOT guidelines.

  • Position is based at either the Clinical Research Center in Fairway, KS or on our Main Campus but occasionally will require travel between the Westwood facility and The University of Kansas Medical Center campuses when necessary.

  • Perform study specific ECGs for cancer patients using sponsor-provided ECG machines.

  • Recognize sources of error or inappropriate specimen collection and initiates corrective action when indicated. Assure the appropriate personnel have been contacted and the incident documented according to SOP’s.

  • Participate in quality assurance/quality improvement activities related to specimen collection, specimen handling, processing and shipping, as well as patient preparation and identification.

  • Provide patients and/or care provider with accurate instructions and necessary materials if required, for specimen collection. Consistently recognize the importance of patient focused care utilizing customer service skills and techniques daily. Take the time to listen to and acknowledge the needs of patients, staff members, co-workers and visitors and makes every attempt to be available to help. Respect the confidentiality of all patients.

  • Accurately perform data entry if necessary, in both Hospital and Laboratory information systems according to hospital and laboratory policies and procedures, as well as compliance requirements.

  • Coordinate daily activities and works closely with Clinical Nurse Coordinators and Clinical Research Coordinators. Consults supervisor, and/or research nurse clinicians/Clinical Research Coordinators when appropriate if a situation requires assistance. Attend department meetings, pre-study site visits, study initiation meetings, and close-out visits. Is available during scheduled study monitor visits to answer questions related to specimens if necessary.

  • Ensure all requirements for specimen integrity have been met (positive patient identification, correct specimen collected, proper transport of sample has been employed, etc.).

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter & Resume/CV

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