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Project Assistant, Biobank

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jul 24, 2023

Job Details

Project Assistant, Biobank

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Project Assistant, Biobank at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Job Purpose:

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI), Biobank Manager, and Biobank Research Assistant perform biobanking and support duties related to the accessioning, storage, retrieval, and record keeping for the biobank. In addition, the position will be responsible to receive, process, store, and ship samples for large scale multicenter clinical research projects. The position will also monitor the freezer, the WSU biobank freezers, and respond to freezer malfunctions in real time.

Essential Functions:

Assist Biobank Manager and Research Assistant with day-to-day tasks such as:

Prepare, process, and ship specimens/samples accurately under well-defined requirements, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute of Health (NIH), and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines/regulations. Capture and record data related to specimens. Assist in the generation of biobank data report for investigators.

Provide biobank assistance to our external collaborations.

Work safely under the Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) guidelines with potentially biohazardous biological specimens. Identify and mitigate risks to ensure accuracy in sample and data storage.

Provide 24/7 monitoring of freezers via smart Vue temperature monitoring system and respond to freezer malfunctions within protocol defined time frame.

Maintain the work area. Order and organize required supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of workstation.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree preferred. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


Entry level (less than a year of job-related experience).

Experience performing basic laboratory techniques.

Working knowledge of basic computer programs (WORD, EXCEL).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to work independently.

Ability to communicate in writing and verbally, empathetically, effectively, and professionally to a diverse population.

Ability to fluently speak, read, and write English.

Ability to clearly and effectively present information one-on-one and in groups.

Knowledge of scientific integrity principles.

Excellent time management and organization skills.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.

Proficient in Microsoft office software skills.

Preferred qualifications:

Experience working in Biobank software.


H09 - Research

Primary department:

H0905 - VP Research

Employment type:
  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Staff/Administrative
Funding/salary information:
  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Salary minimum: $35,000
  • Salary hire maximum: $65,000
Working conditions:

Normal office environment.

Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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