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Clinical Research Assistant II - Cancer CTO Processing Laboratory

Medical College of Wisconsin

Last Updated: 5/05/22

Job Description

We’re looking for those individuals—the creative thinkers and innovation seekers—who are content with nothing short of changing the world. Discover the endless opportunities within the Medical College of Wisconsin and be inspired by the work we can do together to improve health, and make a positive, daily impact in our communities.

In the role of Clinical Research Assistant II working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our Clinical Research Assistant II will Under general supervision, assist in preparation, processing, and shipping of clinical trial related labs, biopsies, and archived tissue samples for the Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. Maintain adequate kit supplies and inventory, as well as maintain databases and filing systems. Various administrative and data entry duties as required to support clinical research studies.


  • Prepare blood collection tubes and deliver to appropriate locations Clinical Cancer Center Lab, TRU, coordinator, procedure rooms/clinics, inpatient wards) and pick up tubes and process or transport as necessary.
  • Process (spin, aliquot, freeze samples; make peripheral blood slides) and ship labs to appropriate institutions in a timely manner, according to the sponsor specifications.
  • Request archived tissue samples (slides or blocks) from pathology department at FMLH or outside hospitals for disease teams and ship as required by study sponsor.
  • Assist study teams with collection, processing, and shipping of fresh tissue biopsies per study protocol.
  • Collect required data from study coordinators and research nurses, and enter onto clinical research forms and into study lab specimen database
  • Organize lab and file room to maintain an efficient and safe workplace (Organizing kits, shippers, patient binders/folders, shipping documents, miscellaneous lab/CCCTO related items)
  • Order and return/destroy supplies and kits as needed.
  • Meet with study-specific monitors for Site Initiation Visits and monitoring visits to go over lab training, kit inventories, and stored samples
  • Meet with investigators to determine logistics (what kind of labs are needed, where to store or send, how long will it take to process for billing purposes) of lab samples for Investigator Initiated Trials
  • Certification: CITI training within 90 days of hire
  • Help facilitate Lab Competency Trainings for new CCCTO employees (processing and shipping labs, biohazard waste location, wearing proper PPE, and discussing Exposure Control Plan)
  • Assist with coordination of preventative maintenance for laboratory equipment
  • Troubleshoot lab-related issues involving delivering extra tubes, clarification of blood draw order and times, last minute research lab add-ons, and missed labs.

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, documentation, and records management. Data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills. It is necessary to have the ability to understand how to use laboratory equipment safely, as well as to work with biological samples and potentially infectious material. The candidate must display sound judgment, attention to detail, as well as the ability to adapt and evolve to changing workflow.

Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

Appropriate experience may be substituted for education on an equivalent basis

  • Minimum Required Education: High school
  • Minimum Required Experience: 1 year
  • Preferred Education: Bachelor’s degree in scientific or related field
  • Preferred Experience: Research, clinical care or systems and data management experience
  • Field: Science interest preferred

Why MCW?

  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vison, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
  • 403B Retirement Package
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes.
  • Additional discounted rates on things as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc.

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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.


Company Details

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States