CEDAR Repository Manager

Oregon Health & Science University

  • Cedar, IA
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 4 months ago
Department Overview

Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center at the Knight Cancer Institute is composed of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians working on cutting-edge, transdisciplinary research centered on one idea—early cancer detection. Our mission at CEDAR is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. At CEDAR, we are changing how cancer research is done. We conduct groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.

CEDAR funds our own research projects, which expedites the process of discovery. We build a more cohesive, successful organization by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires unproven, out-of-the-box thinking. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.

As the Clinical Repository Manager you will lead, oversee, and drive continual improvement of the CEDAR Tissue Repository. You will be responsible for the development and implementation of clinical protocols for the CEDAR tissue repository. You will lead IRB modification management and compliance reviews for research project funded by CEDAR. You will collect and aggregate data and provide reports on clinical operations within the repository. You will oversee and train repository staff on clinical SOPs. Exceptional communication skill are essential to establish and maintain relationships with clinical partners. Phlebotomy certification is desired to enable you to serve as back-up when additional effort for blood draws are needed.

Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:
  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
  • We work as a CONNECTED team — We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone
Function/Duties of Position

Repository Management

Oversees all repository staff; Oversees all repository processes including those for acquisition, processing, storage and distribution of human biological specimens and associated data; Creates repository facing procedures for research requests as well as back-end SOPs and ensures implementation; Creates and ensures documentation is up to date; Identifies opportunities for process improvements and assist in the design and implementation of improved methods and workflows; Sets repository priorities and manages performance; Supports task completion and remove barriers to success and/or escalates as needed; Assures appropriate staffing, training, developing, and retention; Facilitates resource sharing and collaboration; Sets repository annual budget and milestones, and reports on progress; Ensures compliance against approved budget; Ensures repository procedures support innovative science and are align with CEDAR strategic efforts; Serves as repository guardian.

Relationship Management

Creates new standard operating procedures (SOPs) and memorandum of understandings (MOUs) for the repository collection; Establishes new relationships and maintains existing relationships with partnering clinics; Ensures strategic alignment with partnering clinics.


Create IRB modifications and compliance reviews for repository releases, project approvals, and annual reports on IRB submission; Escalates to CEDAR Repository Sr. Human Subjects Research Specialist as appropriate

Phlebotomist/Clinical Coordinator back-up

Back-up clinical coordinator/phlebotomist as staffing gaps demand. This includes specimen sample collection including blood, urine, and other tissue collection. If not currently certified for phlebotomy, must become certified within first 6 months of role.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree with major courses in relevant field and 3 years of relevant experience – OR - Bachelor’s degree with major courses in field of research and 5 years of relevant experience (Applicants with 1-3 years experience will only be qualified for Sr. Research Assistant level)
  • Experience with IRB modification management
  • Experience with IRB review process
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills: both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
Preferred Qualifications
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in the clinical research environment
  • Phlebotomy certification
Additional Details

Apply online. Please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

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