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BioBank Assistant

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of BioBank procedures under the general supervision of the Research Program Director or designee.  Assists BioBank personnel and other medical personnel as appropriate. Set up, process, and maintain the day-to-day technical tasks of the BioBank. Must be able to recognize problems or deviations in BioBank process and procedure and notify appropriate personnel. Masters routine techniques and procedures relevant to overall goals of the BioBank. Position availability is directly related to grant funding and/or BioBank revenue stream.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Education: Associate degree in related field required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  2. License/Certifications: N/A
  3. Experience: One year of relevant experience preferred.
  4. Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and work effectively.
  5. Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator – Oncology

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Summary

The Research Nurse Coordinator will report to the Clinical Trials Office at Maine Medical Center Research Institute (www.mmcri.org/cto). The selected candidate will work in a busy oncology clinical trial office.

The Research Nurse Coordinator will oversee all facets of the research study from understanding the study protocols to confirming patient eligibility, obtaining consents, and ensuring patients complete each step of the study. Key to success will be the ability to work independently and also collaboratively by partnering with the Investigators, Program Managers, Clinic staff, and relevant MMC Departments.

The candidate we’re seeking has a current Maine RN license and preferably a minimum of 2 years’ clinical research experience. Equally important is a strong understanding of good clinical practices (GCPs) and human subject protection (HSP) principles. Strong communication skills and the ability to manage complex projects are required.

Position Summary

The Research Nurse Coordinator position involves many aspects of research coordination.  This includes collaboration with the Principle Investigator, Program Coordinator, Study Center, and relevant MMC Departments.  The primary responsibilities include study coordination and acting as a hospital educator/resource person for studies.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • License/Certifications: Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine.
  • Education: See “License/Certifications”
  • Experience: N/A
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with patients, families and other healthcare providers. Ability to collaborate with multiple disciplines and departments.
  • Knowledge of current research related policies and procedures as well as appropriate process for initiating revisions.
  • Thorough knowledge of theory, practice, principles, processes and issues of nursing usually acquired through 2-3 years of clinical experience.
  • Analytical ability necessary to keep records, maintain inventory levels and perform data entry.
  • Ability to manage complex projects through all phases of development, implementation, and follow-up.

Lab Animal Tech II

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Position Summary

Under general supervision, participates in the day to day operation of the MMCRI Animal Facility. This position helps to ensure proper care and humane treatment of animals during their use in research. This is a swing position, with both cage maintenance and husbandry responsibilities, depending on the Animal Facility volume and needs.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  1. Education: Associate’s Degree in an Animal Science program preferred. High school diploma or GED preferred.
  2. License/Certifications: N/A
  3. Experience: N/A
  4. Ability to follow written and oral instructions and maintain accurate, legible records.
  5. Ability to use basic laboratory instruments and animal facility equipment.
  6. Interpersonal skills necessary to maintain effective communications.
  7. Ability to maintain attention to detail and accuracy despite frequent interruptions.
  8. Ability to be exposed to fur bearing animals without adverse effects.
  9. Ability to use computers and pertinent software.

Research Coordinator II

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Position Summary

This position will help support the research activities within Pediatric Specialty Care (PSC). PSC is a large multi-specialty practice located in Portland serving the specialty needs for pediatric patients throughout Maine and Northern NH. Clinical Research and Pediatric experience preferred.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in a health science or related field required.
  2. License/Certifications: Certification by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals or Society of Clinical Research Associates preferred.
  3. Experience: 2 years of clinical experience in a healthcare setting required.
  4. Knowledge of basic statistical principles and methods.
  5. Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
  6. Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  7. Demonstrable computer competency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Research Coordinator II – Center for Psychiatric Research (CPR)

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Position Summary

This is a full-time position, supporting both the Center for Psychiatric Research (CPR), and the Research Navigation team of the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research network (NNE-CTR).

Primary duties for CPR include supporting investigators and trainees with regulatory tasks related to research, including IRB applications and amendments, continuing reviews of ongoing studies, and tracking and filing compliance paperwork. The position will also provide administrative support to the Director of CPR.

For NNE-CTR Research Navigation, duties include becoming proficient and providing basic end-user support for our research data collection web application (REDCap). Such support includes user account management, group and individual end-user training and consultation, data collection form/survey development and other end-user-related application.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in a health science or related field required.
  2. License/Certifications: Certification by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals or Society of Clinical Research Associates preferred.
  3. Experience: 2 years of clinical experience in a healthcare setting required.
  4. Knowledge of basic statistical principles and methods.
  5. Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
  6. Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  7. Demonstrable computer competency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Research Fellow – Hernandez Lab

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator.  The research fellow has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project, including project inception and design, implementation, and completion, with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum consisting of oral and written presentation.

The successful candidate will work in the laboratory of Arturo Hernandez at Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Research projects will involve the use of transgenic mouse and cell culture models to delineate the pathophysiological consequences and underlying mechanisms by which developmental overexposure to thyroid hormones leads to disease in later life, and also in non-exposed subsequent generations via epigenetic mechanisms. The laboratory focuses on endpoints relevant to complex endocrine, developmental and neurobehavioral conditions in humans including autism, schizophrenia, depression, congenital defects, obesity and infertility.  The candidate is expected to be a motivated individual that has recently completed or is close to complete his/her Ph.D. The candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and genetics.  Experience in one or more of the following fields, including endocrinology, neuroscience, epigenetics, developmental biology, thyroid hormone physiology and/or bioinformatics, will be valued.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • A doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DO, DVM, PharmD)
  • The ability to comply with research regulations, standards, and policies, and established skills in good laboratory practice, data collection and analysis.
  • Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results orally and in written form.

Essential Functions

Job Knowledge
Conducts complex laboratory procedures and analyses using a variety of manual techniques and laboratory instrumentation.
Collects data and is competent in data storage, analysis, statistical analysis, and data visualization.

Collaboration
Collaborates with the PI and other institute investigators as part of the overall responsibility for project inception and completion.
Promotes a culture of equity and inclusion

Education and Development
Participates in the training of undergraduates, summer students, graduate students and institute personnel at all levels in the research associates area of expertise, including advanced training on use of institute instrumentation cores where applicable.
Stays current in literature relevant to area of research interest and expertise. May present research results at institutional meetings and at local, regional, or national conferences.

Data Management/Reporting
May provide substantial input, both data and its interpretation, in the preparation of both manuscripts and grants.
Interprets and presents research results in manuscript form where the research fellow has been the principal participant in a research project.

Other
Will be proactive in identifying, reporting and participating in the resolution of any potential or actual safety issues.

Research Fellow – Motyl Lab

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The Motyl Lab is hiring a postdoctoral research fellow to work with a friendly and supportive team investigating interactions between the nervous system and bone tissue. The research fellow will be expected to lead projects and to collaborate and coordinate with other laboratory staff, senior investigators, and students, as well as take part in training and mentoring students. The majority of the research will take place at MMCRI in Scarborough, ME, but occasional travel to conferences, courses, or collaborating laboratories may be required. Research fellow training will be tailored to the individual’s career goals and may include writing fellowship grant applications. MMCRI and MaineHealth also offer opportunities for teaching at the graduate level, community outreach, wellness and professional development.

The candidate must be highly motivated to excel and demonstrate an aptitude toward organization, planning, hypothesis generation, experimental design and data interpretation. Desired skills also include proficiency in standard laboratory and data analysis techniques such as qPCR, western blotting, sterile tissue culture, microscopy, histology and biostatistics. Some additional skills and knowledge that would be highly desirable include experience with mouse handing and procedures, advanced molecular biology techniques, techniques associated with bone and nervous tissue biology, second messenger signaling assays, pharmacology and/or bioinformatics.

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator.  The research fellow has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project, including project inception and design, implementation, and completion, with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum consisting of oral and written presentation.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Education: A doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DO, DVM, PharmD)
  2. License/Certifications: N/A
  3. Experience: N/A
  4. Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
  5. The research fellow will have demonstrated a level of independence to perform laboratory responsibilities.