Staff Scientist Non-therapeutic Research Office
Staff Scientist Non-therapeutic Research OfficePosting Date: 01/14/2022
Closing Date: 03/19/2022
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we come face-to-face with cancer every day, but we also see courage. And it inspires us to be the safest and best place for cancer care – to bring greater hope to every patient we serve. It’s why we’ve been continually named One of the Top Places to Work in the Tampa Bay Area. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, Moffitt employs some of the best and brightest minds from around the world. Moffitt is the leading cancer hospital in both Florida and the Southeast and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Because working at Moffitt is both a career and a mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Join a dedicated, diverse and inclusive team of over 7,500 to be a part of the Courageous future we envision.
We seek to hire a Staff Scientist with an advanced degree and experience in clinical research, epidemiology, behavioral research, or population health who is looking for an opportunity to apply their scientific training and experience to support the larger research mission. The Staff Scientist will work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Total Cancer Care (TCC) protocol and leaders of the Non-therapeutic Research Office (NTRO) on all aspects related to the operational implementation of the TCC protocol (TCCP), Moffitt’s institutional biorepository protocol.
• Work with the TCC Principal Investigator and Faculty to improve the TCC biorepository that is an impactful resource for an NCI designated cancer center.
• This position will implement pilot projects to advance institutional initiatives and lead large institutional cross-departmental projects/grants, predominately related to biobanking and patient cohorts.
• Interact with multiple stakeholders across the institution in the research and biological specimen processing space as well as work with many investigators across the organization to support high-profile institutional initiatives.
• This position will be critical in supporting the growth of the TCC patient cohort and institutional biobanking efforts by providing scientific guidance to the NTRO (Non-Therapeutic Office) coordination team, internal and external customers (e.g., industry partners, external partners and faculty) in areas of study design and methods, biospecimen collection and processing, and scientific rational for expansion of the TCC cohort.
The Ideal Candidate:
• Will have experience conducting human subjects research that include biospecimens, preferably cancer related, and has a good understanding of best practices when using patient data and biospecimens.
• Will excel at proactive communication, fostering collaboration and respect amongst internal and external customers – some who enjoys a team-based environment.
• A critical thinker that can piece together information from several sources and synthesis, identify potential issues and think about resolutions proactively. Some who will seek innovative solutions for complex, challenging projects to overcome barriers and who is energized by contributing innovative ideas.
• Will oversee and provide scientific guidance for research conducted under the TCC protocol, including (a) support of observational studies enrolling cancer patients at Moffitt through the TCC protocol, (b) implementation and utilization of the TCC biorepository resources, (c) coordination of TCC protocol data needs and research activities with Health Data Services, and (d) coordination with external research partners leveraging the TCC protocol.
• Required to maintain a scientific understanding of conducting observation and non-therapeutic research among cancer patients, from study design, biospecimen collection and patient follow-up, and knowledge on regulatory, compliance and good clinical practice sufficient to oversee quality management and regulatory investigations, as needed.
• Develop and implement pilot projects to advance institutional initiatives.
• Lead large projects/initiatives predominately related to biobanking and TCC patient cohort.
• Provide scientific guidance to staff within and customers of the non-therapeutic research office leveraging the TCC protocol cohort and biorepository, including but not limited to, input on study design, study methods and biospecimen collection and processing.
• Work with Moffitt researchers to help them develop grants, protocols, and new projects leveraging TCC.
• Provide support for TCC protocol related governance, institutional biospecimen governance, and relationships with external partners.
• Contribute to regulatory compliance and quality management activities related to the TCC protocol that report up through the TCC PI.
• Facilitate and contribute to scientific advancement through education, presentations, manuscripts, and assistance with grant language, as appropriate.
• Develop strong relationships with internal and external customers and facilitate clear communication.
Credentials and Qualifications:
• Ph.D. with at least 5 years of experience in clinical research, epidemiology, behavioral research, or population health is required.
• Working knowledge of human subjects regulatory and compliance requirements is required.
• Experience assisting with grant and manuscript writing is required.
Experience as PI or first author on publications
Clinical research certification
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent problem-solving skills; proficient computer skills (i.e., PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).
Ability to interpret/ translate shared information and communicate to the PI and stakeholders in an efficient manner.
Able to multi-task and work independently with minimal guidance.
Demonstrated experience developing and/or using technical solutions to solve problems and enhance efficiencies.
Experience managing multiple projects.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Moffitt Cancer Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status. We seek candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.