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United States of America: Laboratory Manager

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: ICAP
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Sep 2017



The Bronx Prevention Center, part of ICAP at Columbia University, is a Clinical Research Site (CRS) within the NIH-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Columbia University. Located in a clinical office on East 158th Street in the Bronx, the site has over ten years of experience conducting phase 1 and 2 and observational HIV prevention clinical trials.

Under the direct supervision of the Site Clinician, the Laboratory Manager will assist the Laboratory staff in analyzing and processing specimens for all research conducted at the Bronx Prevention Center site and ensure adherence to all applicable site protocols, procedures, policies, and relevant regulations. He/She will work on protocols within the HIV Prevention Trials Network as well as non-network protocols and report on progress to the Site Clinician and/or the Principal Investigator.


  • Assist with patients’ study visits by performing HIV counseling and testing, phlebotomy; assist with medical and rectal exams; interview patients and complete study documentation.
  • Ensure all certifications required for the laboratory are up to date and on file.
  • Use Laboratory Data Management Systems (LDMS) to track specimens and assist with shipping specimens. Check laboratory room and freezer temperature at least twice a day. Maintain cleanliness of laboratory room.
  • Assist with maintaining laboratory research files and documenting results of test performed in accordance with study protocols.
  • Perform all lab procedures per protocols including: (point of care testing) urine pregnancy tests; HIV rapid tests; urine dipstick; vaginal fluid microscopic exams; separating plasma and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMC) from whole blood; and performing cytobrush collection and storage along with other specimens as required by the study protocols. Running controls for point of care tests.
  • Assist with maintaining and replenishing laboratory inventory; keep records of inventory usage and order new laboratory supplies when needed. Set up medical examination rooms prior to exams and maintain cleanliness of examination rooms.
  • Assist with pre-screening potential study participants and preparing them for CASI.
  • Assist with preparing and organizing charts prior to participant visits, prepare charts for review, and assist with preparation for any monitoring visits.
  • Assist with entering Case Report Forms into online database(s).
  • Maintain confidentiality of study participants and adhere to principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) certification.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships and interacts professionally, courteously, and appropriately with participants and visitors to the research site and other employees working at the site.
  • Behave in a manner consistent with maintaining and furthering a positive public perception of the research site and its employees.
  • Contribute to and participate in the Performance/Quality Improvement activities of the research site: perform data collection and analysis; implement and ensure compliance with risk management and claims activities; and support and actively participate in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).
  • Ensure site compliance with study protocols, all relevant procedures, policies and regulations. Learn, understand and adhere to existing and new study protocols, Standard Operating Procedures and other appropriate regulations, procedures and policies.
  • Assist with other study procedures, Quality Control Quality Assurance (QCQA) activities, and administrative tasks at the study site.
  • Perform other related tasks as assigned.


  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus 3 years of related experience.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in clinical research studies.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience conducting laboratory assays
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and implementing disparate work flows to meet organizational schedules and requirements.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent phlebotomy skills.
  • Experience with obtaining and processing laboratory specimens and running lab tests.
  • To be considered, candidates must complete the employment application in its entirety, including the employment and education sections.
  • The candidate selected for this position is required to undergo a full background check and drug screening test prior to a final offer of employment being made.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a laboratory science.
  • 3 years of experience working in a laboratory environment.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English preferred).
  • Experience with Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell (PBMC) processing.
  • Certifications in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Human Subjects Protection (HSP), Good Clinical Practice (GLP) and International Air Transportation Association (IATAA).
  • Familiarity with Laboratory Data Management System (LDMS)
  • Phlebotomy certificate or experience
  • IV certification plus
  • HIV counseling experience

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