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Scientist, Biospecimen Management

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Atlanta, GA, USAAtlantaGAUSA

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.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • 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.
Educational Background: 
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


  • At least one-year programming experience in analytic work, preferably in a scientific or epidemiologic research environment.
  • Additional analytic skills related to bioinformatics linkages with “omics” databases are preferred, but not required.

We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.

Organization Info

American Cancer Society

Atlanta, GA, United States
Annual Budget : 
More than $500M
About Us

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

You can connect with us through LinkedIn groups: American Cancer Society Supporter, American Cancer Society Relay For Life, or American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 9 2019
Active Until: 
Apr 9 2019
Hiring Organization: 
American Cancer Society