Clinical Bio-samples and Data Research Assistant

HT - Human Technopole

Clinical Bio-samples and Data Research Assistant

HT - Human Technopole

Milan, Italy

Job description


Human Technopole (HT) is a new interdisciplinary life science research institute, created and supported by the Italian Government, with the aim of developing innovative strategies to improve human health. HT is composed of five Centres: Computational Biology, Structural Biology, Genomics, Neurogenomics and Health Data Science. The Centres work together to enable interdisciplinary research and to create an open, collaborative environment that will help promote life science research both nationally and internationally.

The HT is looking for a Clinic Bio-samples and Data Research Assistant in the Centre for Neurogenomics.

The successful candidate will work closely with both experimental and computational researchers of the Neurogenomics Research Centre, as well as with clinicians and research nurses from collaborating clinical institutions and research hospitals. They will undertake a range of tasks to support research projects and programs of the Centre for Neurogenomics: they will interact with the research facilities and scientific support units of HT, and they will also liaise with corresponding units in collaborating institutions involved in the processing of bio-samples. Their routine workflow will include performing tasks at different sample collection sites, with continuous interaction with the local staff of the collaborating institutions. Work will aim at implementing seamless bio-samples and metadata processing pipelines, followed by post-sampling work at the HT under the management of senior scientific staff and the oversight of the Head of the Centre for Neurogenomics.

S(he) will have the following main responsibilities:

  • Defining standard operating procedures, including overall design and definition of clinical metadata;
  • Defining and implementing a workflow, arranging for a standardized multistep process of scheduling, testing and validation of bio-sample collection and transfer between HT and the collaborating hospitals and research institutes;
  • Contributing to defining and implementing the compliance and modality of bio-samples-associated data transfer, ensuring safety and logistical aspects of bio-sample flows from clinical hospitals to HT;
  • Collection of bio-samples following standard operating procedures, including screening and cells/tissue pre-processing, in compliance with established experimental protocols and standard operating procedures of partner institutions;
  • Assisting in the collection of bio-samples-related clinical data in compliance with collaboration agreements between HT and partner institutions, ensuring the highest standard of record keeping (maintaining accurate, complete and up to date records);
  • Collecting and organizing metadata in standardized databases;
  • Interacting with research nurses, hospital professionals and internal solution teams as part of the sample collection workflow, synchronizing procedures to implement cross-squad tasks, managing dependencies and ensuring timely delivery;
  • Organizing post-sampling work that includes reviewing and documenting of metadata, biobanking procedures for the correct storage of samples, allocation of data in specific databases (data management), all aiming to standardize procedures among the researchers involved in the projects/programs;
  • Monitoring and providing ongoing coordination and support to ensure effective collection of bio-samples and associated data;
  • Assisting with reports preparation and data extraction, supporting others in the daily use of data systems and ensuring adherence to legal and company standards;
  • Attending meetings with researchers involved in specific projects, liaising with relevant personnel in collaborating hospitals and research institutes and providing study updates as required.

Job requirements

The ideal candidate should have:

  • BSc/MSc in a relevant health or scientific discipline (e.g., biology, biotechnology, nursing, etc.) and/or relevant work experience in a clinical environment or medical setting (e.g., clinical research coordinator, nurse, medical assistant, other medical profession);
  • In-depth knowledge of biobank techniques and protocols;
  • Experience in interfacing with clinical trial participants including the collection of basic information and informed consent as well as their documentation and archiving;
  • Experience in coordinating a workflow from the initial stages (sampling) to data management;
  • Proven experience in collecting and handling sensible data;
  • Demonstrated experience in collecting biological specimens (including sampling, processing, and storage);
  • Strong focus on quality control;
  • Solid knowledge of medical terminology and GCP spell out concepts;
  • Familiarity with modern database and information system technologies, including health records;
  • IT proficiency in electronic data recording tools at advanced user level (spreadsheet, note taking etc.);
  • Fluency in English – HT is an international research institute.

Organizational and social skills

  • Substantial experience in working in a team;
  • Demonstrated competence in operating at the intersection of cross-functional teams while maintaining control of the project workflows;
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills;
  • Willingness to carry out on-site work for medium/long periods outside the HT;
  • Strong commitment to support high quality research.

Special consideration will be given to candidates who are part of the protected categories list, according to L. 68/99.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send the following:

  • a CV;
  • a motivation letter in English;
  • names and contacts of 2 referees.

For any informal inquiry about the position, please feel free to contact Giuseppe Testa at (this email address should not be used to send applications).

Additional information

HT offers a highly collaborative, international culture to foster top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and core facilities.

HT is an inclusive employer that fosters diversity and engages systematically to ensure that equal employment opportunities are provided without regard to age, race, creed, religion, sex, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin or any other legally recognized status entitled to protection under applicable laws.

HT offers attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to a leading, internationally competitive, research organisation that promotes a collegial and open atmosphere. The compensation package granted will be internationally competitive and comprise a pension scheme, medical and other social benefits and support for (inter)national mobility and installation, applicable for candidates outside the Lombardy region.

Candidates coming to Italy for the first time, or returning after residing abroad, benefit from very attractive income tax benefits.

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