Director of Biorepository

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Posted Date 5 months ago(10/15/2020 9:43 AM)
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Regular Full-Time


The Director of Biorepository is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the institutional biorepository. Responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining and monitoring policies and procedures for the biorepository, including quality, safety, and traceability of biospecimens and related data. Ensures compliance with federal, state, institutional, safety, and IRB policies and requirements. Monitors test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained. Maintains excellent public relations for all biorepository services. Provides leadership and supervisory oversight for biorepository personnel and reviews technical operations ensuring that all processes, protocols and procedures are quality controlled and functioning up to standards. Oversees the educational needs of investigators, research staff, and clinical research professional staff on biobanking services and policies. Reports to the COO, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and the Chair, Department of Pathology.


  1. Develops and implements policies and procedures for the biorepository.
  2. Provides direct supervision for biorepository staff, maintains adequate staffing levels and provides technical support as needed. Evaluates and documents the performance of all biorepository personnel.
  3. Maintains accurate and timely record of the activities of the biobank and provides information to appropriate institutional leaders, including annual report of activities and collected biospecimens.
  4. Ensures compliance with federal, state, institutional, safety, and IRB policies and requirements.
  5. Ensures the quality, safety and traceability of biospecimens and associated data.
  6. Assures effective communication with investigators, institutional committees, research and clinical research professional staff, including managing queries, feedback, biorepository requirements, policy and procedure updates, etc. Accountable for customer satisfaction.
  7. Coordinates functional integration of various biobank areas and trains team members in new procedures developed and/or evaluated for use in the biorepository.
  8. Works cooperatively in a team environment supporting investigator, researcher staff, trainees, and administrators as well as senior scientific and management staff.
  9. Implements technical and organizational biobanking policies and procedures.
  10. Coordinates with appropriate IT and other organizational personnel in order to assure a sustainable, functional system that meets the requirements for biobanking.
  11. Contributes innovations related to biobanking and biorepository functions and operations.
  12. Other job functions as assigned.


  1. A MS in a chemical, physical, biological science, clinical laboratory science, medical technology or other relative field required; PhD or MD preferred.
  2. Five (5) years of experience in a clinical laboratory, biobank, or biorepository.
  3. Proven leadership qualities with at least 3 years of supervisory experience.
  4. Experience working with Laboratory Information Management Systems for tracking of specimens, workflows, and reagents.
  5. Experience in laboratory management and regulatory compliance.
  6. Proven ability to develop effective systems. Excellent communication and leadership skills. Ability to work well in a team environment and with different personalities and educational levels. Able to handle a variety of responsibilities simultaneously and without constant direction. Possess an excellent command of the English language; medical and scientific terminology is required.


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