Lead Technician
University of California San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

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The UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is an NIH- and UCSF-funded program that spans the four UCSF health science schools and collaborating affiliates. Its mission is to create a comprehensive, integrated academic home that promotes research and education in clinical and translational science at UCSF, at affiliated institutions, and in participating communities. CTSI is creating and enhancing programs to improve the quality and efficiency of research in human subjects.

The Lead Technician facilitates and implements NIH-funded clinical research protocols which include the meticulous processing of specimens, performance of specialized assays, and precise documentation of all procedures on a 24- hour basis. The Lead Technician processes samples for 100+ investigator initiated studies, requiring independence, flexibility and excellence in sample processing techniques. The Lead Technician ensures all clinical research samples and assays are processed accurately and in accordance with methods and guidelines specific to individual protocols. In addition, she/he interfaces with investigators, clinical coordinators, industry sponsors, nurses, and other personnel to clarify lab policies, receive samples, provide sample results, and for sample accessioning.

The Lead Technician also has responsibility for training new CRS Lab staff as needed and recommends and implements improvements to sample processing practices. The individual is responsible for supervising other staff research associates in the Sample Processing Labs. In addition, the Lead Technician assists the lab manager/director with the cost recovery activities, including preparing budgets for study protocols and preparing monthly billing reports. The candidate will also perform other related duties.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

Required Qualifications
• BA/BS in a related science and knowledge of, or experience with, the basic techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Minimum of two years directly relevant lab experience
• Experience and expertise with blood-borne pathogen handling
• Prior experience in a clinical research environment
• Knowledge of bio-banking and laboratory practices and procedures
• Good Bio-Banking Practices
• IATA certification
• Lab Safety Training
• Biosafety Training
• Blood-borne pathogen
• Strong computer skills, including the use of spreadsheets and reporting tools
• Prior database experience
• Experience with Freezerworks
• Prior supervisory experience
• Problem-solving skills for resolution of protocol-related issues
• Ability to multi-task and work with a high degree of independence
• Excellent interpersonal and communication with study teams and outside laboratories is a critical part of this position
• Willingness to interact as part of a close-knit team in which common goals are shared
• Meticulous record-keeping abilities

Physical Demands: requires sitting, standing, walking, squatting, bending, waist twisting, kneeling, climbing stairs/ladders, reaching up to shoulder height, lifting up to 20 lbs., carrying/pushing/pulling up to 60 lbs., fine finger manipulation, gross manipulation, simple/power grasp, repetitive hand/arm use; exposure to loud noise, dust, fumes or gases, chemicals or toxic substances, latex; ability to differentiate color, verbal communication, use of protective equipment.

Note: Physical/health screening, fingerprinting and background check required.

Preferred Qualifications
• CITI/UCSF Good Clinical Practice Certification
• HIPPA training