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Scientist, Biospecimen Management

Atlanta, GA, USAAtlantaGAUSA
Full-time

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
Skills/Experience: 

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

SPECIALIZED TRAINING OR KNOWLEDGE:

  • 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.
Compensation/Benefits: 

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

Overview
Headquarters: 
Atlanta, GA, United States
Annual Budget : 
More than $500M
Founded: 
1913
About Us
Mission: 

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
industry: 
Nonprofit