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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Senior Laboratory Technologist- Exsera BioLabs

LocationAurora, Colorado 80013
Employment TypeContractor
Date Posted2022-08-11
Direct Apply
Valid Through2023-09-20

Job Description:

Senior Laboratory Technologist- Exsera BioLabs - 28065 University Staff

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Exsera BioLabs

Official Title: Research Services Principal Laboratory Science Professional

Working Title: Senior Laboratory Technologist

Position #804053 – Requisition #28065

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date. Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:

Anschutz: https://www.ucdenver.edu/docs/librariesprovider284/default-document-library/3000-general-admission/3012---covid-19-vaccination-requirement-and-compliance.pdf?sfvrsn=4e9df3ba_2

Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:
    Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit www.cuanschutz.edu.

The School of Medicine's Division of Rheumatology has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Research Services Principal Laboratory Science Professional in the Exsera BioLabs.

Jobs in the Research Services career family provide direct professional support of research activities. Functions include contracts and grants solicitation and administration, grant/agreement preparation, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance, sponsor communication and post and pre award management, human subject compliance, research animal management, research laboratory coordination and instruction, environmental health and safety, radiation control, hazardous materials use, disposal and training.

Professionals at all levels are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field. Work at the principal level is performed at an advanced or expert level. Principal Professionals are either work leads over others or are considered a subject matter expert in a particular area.

Nature of Work

Laboratory Science Professionals perform duties in a regulated clinical testing lab, which will involve handle a variety of chemicals, specimen types and will have the potential of "wet" hazards. Laboratory Science Professionals perform duties in laboratories where chemicals, drugs, or other materials or biological matters are tested and analyzed.

This Principal Laboratory Science Professional will act as a subject matter expert (SME) in immunology testing. SMEs possess a deep knowledge and oversight of a specific process, function and/or technology. SMEs are considered an authority in the area and are educated on the subject and are also able to share their knowledge with other stakeholders. Some Assignments will not move beyond this level.

This Laboratory Science Professional will be supporting the work at Exsera BioLabs. Exsera BioLabs is a clinical lab standing at the intersection between research and clinical care. Individuals in the position at Exsera BioLabs perform a variety of testing for patient diagnostics, clinical research and for industry involved in the new drug development. With this testing the successful candidate will contribute to giving patients and their families answers and bring new therapeutics to market. As an open posting, it is open to entry level applicants as well as applicants with substantial experience in research or clinical testing. This work is performed under the regulatory compliance with the US FDA Clinical Laboratories Improvement act (CLIA) as administered by the College of American Pathologist, as well as under US FDA regulation for Good Laboratory Practices (21 CFR Part 58) as well as applicable Good Clinical Practices; training in these regulations will be provided. In addition to the testing, all technologists are expected to integrate into the team and become part of an environment of quality in the laboratory. A senior technologist is expected to work at acquiring a greater understanding of the biology behind the testing as a senior technologist is expected to do with the added expectation of managing the laboratory compliance with CAP and CLIA. A key differentiator for a technologist at this level is that they show greater ability to recognize non-conformities or other variations that need attention and take responsibility for bringing those anomalies to the attention of laboratory leadership. With the type of work Exsera does, this position affords an opportunity to gain experience with pharmaceutical and clinical work, while retaining an academic position.

Examples of Duties Performed
  • Collaborate with and support Principal Investigators (PI) and other stakeholders with laboratory and research functions
  • Utilize a variety of laboratory techniques required for research projects
  • Participate in proficiency testing (PT) and external quality assessment (EQA) as assigned, testing patient diagnostics specimens for both without violating PT or EQA policies or regulations
  • Perform experiments and tabulate and analyze research
  • Support analytical testing process using standard lab support knowledge in the collection and review of conditions, including preserving samples, completing sample preparation, documenting and communicating results
  • Ability to perform high complexity testing per CLIA 88
  • Perform analytical and post-analytical test process and evaluate results produced
  • Independently facilitate new test development and management of timelines for completion of projects and studies
  • Prepare lab for daily operations, including stocking materials, equipment, safety, cleanliness, and related areas
  • Report to laboratory leadership any pending shortages of reagents or supplies
  • Participate in equipment maintenance for assay families
  • Perform assigned all laboratory "up-keep", quality control and routine duties as needed to maintain proper operation and compliance
  • Pick up, transport, and maintain results, samples, documents, materials and other items as needed
  • Dispose of laboratory materials and samples using well established guidelines and instructions
  • Review, complete and process logs, documents, databases, and related materials and information
  • Provide support researching issues and developing recommendations to resolve process, unit and related issues
  • Review and implement lab support policies, practices and programs to meet organizational, operations and management needs
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations; receive guidance and direction or escalate when required
  • Familiarity and demonstrated ability to comply with applicable regulatory, government and agencies including CAP, CLIA 88, FDA GLP, and ICH E6
  • Independently and creatively identify quality improvements and report potential errors and improvements to supervisor
  • Capability to adhere to laboratory quality systems and Quality Management Plan, including but not limited to performance of regular QC, good documentation practices and participation in non-conformity investigations
  • Knowledge of and adherence to the SOPs of the laboratory with full participation in review and drafting
  • Attentive to any items of non-conformity or deviation, so they can be brought forward to laboratory leadership without delay
  • Assist Team Leads, Supervisors and/or management with creation and implementation of processes and procedures and quality improvement initiatives
  • Participate in the laboratory Preventative Action/Non-Conformity Issue process, including bringing items forward to aid in root-cause analysis
  • Assist and train junior team members
  • Assist with developing or develop protocol-specific systems and documents including process flows, training manuals, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Maintains subject level documentation and prepares documents, equipment and/or supplies
  • Assist with identifying issues related to operational efficiency and shares results with leadership
  • Provide laboratory science expertise and leadership in study design, study oversight, data management, data analysis and manuscript preparation to assist all levels of investigators, researchers and clinicians on new research activities across a wide range of disciplines
  • Serve as a resource to PIs and other stakeholders
  • Oversee and provide informal leadership to the team members, including managing day-to-day priorities, evaluating and redistributing workloads on a temporary basis, and mentoring staff
  • Provide input and feedback to leadership on team members' overall performance, performance evaluations, opportunities for development, and process improvement initiatives
  • Identify training and development opportunities for new and existing team members
  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert and authority in the area(s) of immunology testing

  • Additional Duties & Responsibilities
    • Participate in annual competency assessment in all necessary areas
    • Seek out and participate in continuing education opportunities
    • Fill in for other team members during absences or at times of excess workload
    • Aid in costs of testing including review of reagent costs, calculations and estimates of the cost of technologists' time

    This description is a summary only and describes the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

    Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics or related field
    • A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis
  • Three (3) years professional level research experience

  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Master's degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics or related field
    • Four (4) years of experience in an experimental or wet laboratory

    Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    • Expert knowledge of laboratory techniques including safety procedures and techniques
    • Expert ability to analyze and solve complex problems
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution
    • Outstanding customer service skills
    • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion
    • Knowledge of basic human anatomy, physiology medical terminology
    • Ability to interpret and master complex research protocol information
    • Expert level knowledge of immunology testing

    Salary and Benefits

    The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $54,496 - $69,319.

    The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

    The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

    This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

    Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

    Benefits: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits

    Total Compensation Calculator: http://www.cu.edu/node/153125

    Diversity and Equity

    The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at *****/a>?.

    The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

    The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
    Special Instructions to Applicants: Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: http://www.cu.edu/cu-careers and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

    Job Category: Research Services

    Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 20229 - SOM-MED-RHEUM GENRL OPERATIONS

    Schedule: Full-time

    Posting Date: Nov 4, 2022

    Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Carissa Figal Posting Contact Email: *****/a> Position Number: *****

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