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University of Rochester Research Assistant Professor - 229953 in Rochester, New York

Research Assistant Professor Job ID 229953

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

The Wilmot Cancer Institute (WCI) at University of Rochester Medical Center is looking for a highly motivated and creative Director of Wilmot Biospecimen Repository at the academic rank of Research Assistant Professor to lead the biospecimen respository effort in human cancer research. The successful individual will collaborate with Wilmot Cancer Institute investigators to develop efficient collection, processing, and specimen storage procedures/policies, and to engage collaboratively in endpoint assay experimental design of biospecimen.

The Wilmot Biospecimen Repository will be an integral part of Wilmot shared resources (WSR). WSR provides a highly interactive environment with collaborative opportunities across basic and clinical departments, integration with clinical trials research needs, and opportunity for collaboration with Wilmot investigators. Candidates with a strong background in histopathology, molecular biology, and project management are highly encouraged to apply for this position. This position is located within the Wilmot Cancer Institute in Rochester, NY. The Research Assistant Professor will report directly to the Assistant Director of Wilmot Shared Resources, will operate with minimal supervision, and will have an academic appointment in the Department of Surgery.


  • Oversee/manage biospecimen collection ensuring adherence to institutional IRB policies for human tissue procurement. This will include providing appropriate consent language guidance to investigators proposing sample collection, recommendations on sample collectation methods per intended downstream endpoint use, and consultation on experimental study design to ensure appropriate specimen processing and storage. Oversee specimen banking and organizing redistribution following approved committee governance process with appropriate documentation.

  • Collaborate with investigators on endpoint assay design to meet the needs of the research goals. This may include facilitating discussions with other shared resource directors or providing additional services within the biospecimen repository, such as histopathology, and/or intellectually contributing to Wilmot investigator studies to establish relevant disease models, develop analysis procedures and assay design, and aid in results interpretation/hypothesis generation.

  • Write documentation and standard operating protocols for research project(s) utilizing specimens from the repository. Prepare/review written reports on all phases of work involved in research projects.

  • Engage Wilmot scientific community to identify potential sample collections of strategic necessity for Wilmot cancer research. This includes developing a collection, processing, and storage plan for efficient sample procurement in partnership with several departments throughout URMC (i.e. pathology and hematology/oncology).

  • Ensure sample management system is maintained and quality control of specimens is readily available and reviewed routinely.

  • Develop policies, in partnership with Wilmot leadership, on biospecimen respository that include appropriate governance of access to specimens and duration of specimen storage utility.

  • Actively engage Wilmot research community to broaden and increase utilization of specimens stored, either with standard services provided by Wilmot shared resources or with emerging technology as it relates increasing value/impact of research.

    Community Education and Teaching:

  • Actively participate in graduate and medical student level curriculum teaching as it relates to biospecimen research.

  • Participate in experimental design consultation meetings with investigators and provide education to the Wilmot community in the form of individual correspondence, seminars, and Wilmot sponsored workshops.

  • Address project specific questions or concerns from investigators regarding analyses or experimental design, as they emerge.


  • Doctoral degree required in biological/medical sciences, or related discipline, with at least 2-5 years of post-doctoral, practical experience in human cancer research and experimental consulting for biospecimen collection/processing applications, specifically in cancer.

  • Preferably 2-3 years of experience in a managerial, leadership, project management and / or consultative capacity.

  • Experience with databases.

  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills, including written communication.

  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively across teams.

  • Candidate must be proficient in English with proven ability to write scientific documents.

  • Candidate should be skilled in modern molecular, genetic and/or cellular techniques.

Interested individuals should apply on-line to Job posting #229953 at

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The University of Rochester is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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