All required qualifications must be documented on application materials. Qualifications Required: • BA/BS in computer or information technology program or BA/BS in science or health care field and two years of work experience in laboratory or healthcare information systems • Previous experience general computer programming • Previous experience with relational databases such as MSSQL, My Sql or Oracle • Ability to work independently and take initiative • Excellent attention to detail • Excellent written and oral communication skills Preferred: • Familiarity with laboratory terminology • Ability to adapt to changing situations, priorities, and deadlines • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and work constructively with others to resolve problems and issues
Position description: The Advanced Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ARDL) is a highly complex research laboratory that specializes in support of large multicenter clinical trials and epidemiological studies. Specific areas of interest for faculty at ARDL include identification of novel biomarkers of healthy aging and biomarkers for early detection and monitoring or of patients with diabetes, renal disease, Alzheimer’s disease related dementias and cardiovascular disease. Laboratory support for these multi-center studies ranges from novel biomarker development, implementation of standardized biomarker measurement, and coordinating biospecimen collection and processing. ARDL maintains a large central biorepository of 3-4 million aliquots that supports ongoing biomarker development in all these studies. A unique aspect of the ARDL is that it is a research laboratory that is fully accredited by CLIA/CAP and part of the University of Minnesota Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Department under the Medical School. ARDL supports a wide variety of biomarker platforms spanning the range from genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics to functional approaches. ARDL also utilizes mass spectrometry for accurate quantitation of molecules and targeted multiplexed assays using this platform. Genomics technologies used include a variety of DNA/RNA extraction platforms, quantitative real time PCR, targeted genotyping and next generation sequencing. ARDL performs a wide range of immunoassays ranging from standard ELISAs to targeted multiplexed immunoassays on the Ella platform. ARDL also utilizes proteomic discovery platforms such as Olink and performs ultra-sensitive protein quantitation on the Quanterix platform. In addition, ARDL also performs multi-parameter flow cytometry and has a well established cell culture facility that specializes in cell cryopreservation, EBV based cell transformation, culture of iPSCs and actively developing cell differentiation protocols.
Responsibilities 60% Maintains and optimizes the Laboratory Information System (LIS) functionality, monitors LIS and databases, and designs and implements new functionality
• Create and define new studies, tests, storage schemas, coded comments, data transfer protocols and reports. • Maintain an effective LIS network for ARDL staff ensuring reliability and security. • Maintain and optimize critical LIS functionality such as accessioning, batch uploads, result interfaces, result reporting, data transfer, billing, specimen inventory, data security, and specimen tracking. • Works directly with clients to develop, enhance or troubleshoot data transfers, reports, etc. • Evaluates system design and investigates upgrades and new system designs to enhance or optimize functionality • Performs validation of system changes, documents system functionality and database integrity appropriately, and obtains required approvals. • Works directly with U of MN OIT and outside vendors and maintain, enhance or troubleshoot various hardware, software and connectivity issues. • Troubleshoot, tracks and resolves LIS issues. Recommends corrective action to prevent future issues.
20% Monitor and optimize various co-existing laboratory systems
• Understands and monitors co-existing systems such as operating systems, University network, security systems, middleware, analyzers, label programs, printers, VersaTrak, etc. • Evaluates and optimizes co-existing network, software and hardware to enhance laboratory operations. • Investigates how new hardware or software will fit within the current structure and ensures compatibility with the LIS. • Develops and implements hardware and software integration as needed with the LIS. • Troubleshoot and resolve development and productions issues across multiple systems
20% Ensure appropriate documentation • Develops and maintains documentation of system monitoring, maintenance, upgrades, system changes, result records, validations, backups, audits and troubleshooting to meet regulatory (CAP, CLIA, NYS) and individual study or industry requirements. • Develops, reviews and updates policy and procedures.
Comp range: $70,000 - 78,000
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
· Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
· Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
· Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
· Excellent retirement plans with employer match
· Disability and employer paid life insurance
· Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
· Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
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