Biobank Manager (Biological Repository)

  • Job Reference: 50276154-2
  • Date Posted: 26 December 2017
  • Recruiter: Miami Children's Health System
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Job description:

Responsible for managing the daily operations of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Biobank. Develops and operationalize the policies, procedures, and protocols to acquire and store samples for the Biobank. The Biobank will serve as an opportunity for the diverse cultures within South Florida.


  • Master or PhD degree in Science or related field with 3-5 years preferred.
  • Experienced in managing laboratory resources (consumables, etc.) and budget.
  • Knowledgeable about specialized testing such as real-time PCR, Sanger Sequencing, and Next-Generation Sequencing.
  • Able to utilize knowledge of scientific process, specific laboratory protocols, and train others.
  • Able to perform complex analyses of results and troubleshoot.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a research/clinical group or team.
  • Knowledge of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) including barcoding, sample processing, management, storage, and retrieval.
  • Works as a member of a collaborative and interdisciplinary team to forward the objectives of the Personalized Medicine Initiative, including the Biobank.
  • Highly organized, skilled administrator.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
  • Excellent track record of follow up with collaborators, physicians, community contacts, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment with cultural sensitivity.
  • Skilled communicator with effective speaking and presentation skills
  • Demonstrate quality of work including accuracy, timeliness, professionalism, and thoroughness.
  • Consistently exhibits professional demeanor and appearance.
  • Nurture a spirit of cooperation and teamwork.

Job Specific Duties:

  • Oversee operations of the Nicklaus Children's Biobank and promote coordination with other departments including the Research Institute, Laboratories, and the Division of Clinical Genetics.
  • Responsible for staff related activities including hiring/termination, coaching, orienting, training, and payroll processing. Monitors staff attendance, productivity, and performance markers. Provides counseling to staff, on-going training for new/existing staff on various department tasks, procedures, and systems.
  • Manages the Biobank staff in performance of routine technical procedures following established protocols to accurately aliquot, label, and catalog human samples (e.g., blood, saliva, etc.).
  • Responsible for ensuring quality of biological samples and/or DNA samples for diagnostic testing or other analyses.
  • Oversees DNA extraction on patient samples for research and clinical testing.
  • Responsible for developing and managing Biobank budget. Responsible for identifying, evaluating, and recommending capital equipment necessary for operations.
  • Responsible for implementation of new Biobank equipment and associated workflows.
  • Create, implement , and report on program effectiveness measures and metrics.
  • Works with the Research Institute and Compliance to assure IRB, HIPPA , and CITI compliance including protocols, forms, literature, and advertisements.
  • Manages service contracts, repairs, and certification associated with laboratory safety and scientific equipment.
  • Responsible for ensuring contracts and forms are reviewed and approved by appropriate departments (e.g., legal) for use at the Hospital.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of standard operating procedures necessary to attain and maintain regulatory certification (e.g., CLIA, CAP, and others).
  • Works with IT to identify and implement a laboratory information management system to support the Biobank operations and interface with clinical data.
  • Assist the Hospital Facilities team in the design and development of Biobank space.
  • Participates in the Hospital and Research Institute committees as appointed and required.
  • Develop and maintain a strong external network by meeting, greeting and cultivating national collaborators, community stakeholders, and patients via educational programs, outreach, and marketing.
  • Develops and submits extramural funding applications and assist in fundraising activities.
  • Participates in recruitment event planning and execution including location selection, advertising, refreshments, volunteers, collateral materials, speakers, and recruitment.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through self-directed learning activities and involvement in professional, civic, and community organizations.
  • Ensures quality goals, including correctness, accuracy, and timeliness of documentation completion and/or submission are achieved.
  • Ensures policies, SOPs, and protocols are harmonized with relevant rules, regulations, quality standards and good clinical practices.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science or related field with 7 years of experience.
  • 2 years of management and/or supervisory experience.
  • Prior experience working with CAP and CLIA.
  • Extensive level of experience on laboratory procedures required.