Scientist, Biospecimen Management

Scientist, Biospecimen Management

Category : Alumni

At the American Cancer Society, saving lives is our mission. We achieve our mission by drawing on our humanity. Humanity made up of courage, determination, innovation, passion, empathy, and caring. These are the values that give us the advantage over cancer.

Our work is important. And so are the people doing it. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to end the pain and suffering of cancer. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled. We value our employees and nearly 2 million volunteers around the globe that have stood with us through the years, and we will not rest until the fight is won. And that day is drawing nearer.

**Final title of position is subject to candidate’s qualifications**

Obtains, manipulates, organizes, and manages biospecimen-related data from the American Cancer Society’s two large prospective cohort studies, Cancer Prevention Study-II (CPS-II) and Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) within the Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group (BERG). Serves as statistical analyst for biospecimen-based projects led by BERG doctoral staff and their external collaborators.


Manage data associated with the ongoing tissue acquisition in CPS-II and CPS-3 by (1) manipulating data from an Access database; (2) merging CPS-II and CPS-3 data from a variety of sources; and (3) importing data into a biospecimen tracking system to ensure tissue specimens are efficiently tracked according to standard operating procedures.

Maintain the CPS-II and CPS-3 biospecimen databases containing laboratory results (including genetic, tissue, biomarker, and metabolomics results) using various computer resources and statistical software. Document programs to facilitate record-keeping. This database provides the BERG with a resource for identifying and linking participants included in projects utilizing biospecimens.

Conduct statistical programming and data analysis for studies using the CPS-II and CPS-3 biospecimen resources. Communicating these results are the mission of the BERG- with the goal to increase the understanding of cancer causes as well as to reduce the cancer burden.

Position Requirements:

Master’s Degree in Epidemiology (MPH) or related field

Demonstrates Intramural Research competencies:

• Action-oriented
• Communicates effectively
• Drives results
• Manages complexity
• Builds networks
• Cultivates innovation.
• Optimizes work processes
• Manages ambiguity

Other Skills:

• Strong problem-solving skills and ability to produce high quality work independently.

• Highly motivated with strong attention to detail and organization skills.

• Proficient in SAS and familiarity with R. Ability to learn additional programming languages as needed.

• Strong quantitative skills.

• Adept at obtaining, manipulating and processing electronic data.

• Skilled at utilizing an Access database.

• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral/written communication skills. Ability to communicate in a cross-functional environment- in particular, experience in communication with research study participants and medical facilities.

• Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently.

• Experience with a LIMS (laboratory information management system) preferred.

• Experience in electronic data management

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

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