University of Alabama at Birmingham

United States

December 23, 2021




About O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 51 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States and is the only one in Alabama and in the Deep South region. A comprehensive designation also means UAB Medicine patients have access to leading-edge treatments or clinical trials that they may not otherwise have at local community hospitals or smaller cancer centers. For many, an NCI designation can hold the key to survival. On campus and around Birmingham, the O'Neal Cancer Center is a significant part of our economic powerhouse. The O'Neal Cancer Center powers more than 400 scientists and physician-scientists, cares for 20,000 patients annually, and is home to more than 160 employees, plus all the physicians and clinical staff engaged in cancer patient care. The link to our website is: https: // www.

Job Details

The Clinical Lab Assistant will report directly to the director of the CTO. The duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Obtain weekly schedules from Clinical Coordinators each week in order to organize and prepare for the upcoming week's schedule of patients
  • Will make scheduled and unscheduled runs to the Kirklin Clinic and any other site for specimen pick up to obtain scheduled and unscheduled samples. Samples may include blood, urine, swabs and other human tissue
  • Will train on safe handling of human specimens and proper shipment of hazardous materials
  • The samples obtained will be transported to the CCCTS processing lab and handed off to CCTS lab personnel for processing. If sample to be shipped same day, lab assistant will return for pickup at agreed upon time with lab tech and return to CTO to ship sample according to protocol
  • Samples not scheduled for shipment on the same day will be obtained from the CCTS lab freezer and batch shipped according to protocol specifications
  • Each Clinical Coordinator will be responsible for sending a weekly schedule to the lab assistants
  • Each Clinical Coordinator will be responsible to educate the lab assistant on kits, kit reordering, and any general lab and/or shipping instruction for each protocol
  • The Lab Assistant will develop a reference binder or electronic document for each specific protocol instructions regarding shipping of samples and ordering of supplies
  • The Lab Assistant is responsible for filing of all study sample requisitions into the appropriate filing system
  • The clinical lab assistant will problem solve any missing, expected samples by communicating with the appropriate coordinator
  • The clinical lab assistant will collaborate with data managers to resolve lab sample queries from clinical trial sponsors
  • Will attend all study initiation visits, lab section of agenda
  • Will work with team managers and CTO director to problem solve and improve processes related to clinical trial samples
  • Responsible for appropriate storage of lab kits. With approval of coordinator will assist with breakdown and destruction of expired kits
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Hourly Range: $13.00 - $20.30



    High School diploma or GED required Currently certified as a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS) from the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) required depending on location.

    Primary Location

    : University

    Job Category

    : Clinical Research


    : 310008400 Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Employee Status

    : Regular

    Shift: Day/1st Shift