Associate Professor in the Cancer Center

Position ID: 28894
Augusta University
Cancer Center
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The Director serves as the leading expert responsible for coordination of all tumor biospecimen acquisition, preservation, analysis and utilization efforts throughout the BRAG Onc network and the GRU Cancer Center. The Director will create and maintain a state-of-the-art, centralized cancer biorepository infrastructure, ensure compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations with regards to biospecimen collection and distribution, and offer concierge level technical and regulatory expertise to principal investigators engaged in research biospecimen activities. The Director will help to develop the cancer biospeciman research initiative and clinical trials. As well as, participate in clinical trail procurement.

Biorepository General

  • Oversight of BRAG-Onc.
  • Supervise the BRAG-ONC state tissue cancer biorepository and serve as the Principal Investigator for the tissue acquisition protocol.
  • Develop and maintain centralized systems and infrastructure for the advancement of the Tumor Biorepository and the Biospecimen Research Initiative.
  • Help in the enlarging the infrastructure of the cancer biorepository sites and create a community biobank.
  • Participate in the procurement of clinical trials.

 Biorepository Operations Management 

  • Oversee BRAG-Onc cancer biorepository operations and staff to ensure the collection, storage, and distribution of high-quality biospecimens and clinical data for research.
  • Recruitment and retention of staff and development and coordination of all formal training materials and resources for the cancer biorepository operations addressing all aspects of the cancer biorepository operations.
  • Supervise staff, including hiring, conducting performance evaluation, establishing priorities and deadline dependent project management.

Biorepository Program Development  

  • Serve as primary lead on building and maintaining a compliant cancer biorepository infrastructure to ensure best practices and quality standards to support user requirements for translational research and precision health initiatives.
  • Responsible for the development and oversight of specimen procurement and process standard operating procedures (SOPs) and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QI) policies and procedures including sample storage protocols focused on preserving quality, as well as shipment and handling of biospecimens.
  • Develop and implement high quality, cost effective specimen acquisition strategies and procedures to streamline collection of a variety of biospecimens.
  • Monitor and measure the cancer biorepository program to evaluate its effectiveness in meeting GRU Cancer Center strategic research needs, principal investigators and external collaborators.
  • Oversee achievement and maintenance of all relevant accreditations and certifications (e.g., CLIA, CAP, etc.).
  • In coordination with the GRU stakeholders, support the definition and development of appropriate data and knowledge models for cancer biorepository data. Ensure that appropriate and robust linkages are made with data from clinical care, clinical research, high-throughput genomic characterization, and other relevant data repositories and systems.
  • Develop cutting edge technologies and research as the Director of the biospecimen Research Initiative related to biospecimen science, which will enhance the research mission of the Cancer Center.

Biorepository Consultation Service  

  • Providing scientific advice and consultation in the cancer biorepository domain, including developing biorepository language in support of extramural grant proposals.
  • Assist investigators with all aspects of biorepository access and utilization, including specimens, analyses, and clinical/survey data collection endpoints.
  • Develop stewardship and governance protocols that include leaders of research programs contributing to biospecimen collection efforts while providing appropriate access to program assets to the GRU Cancer Center research community.
  • Develop and coordinate the sharing of biorepository related educational and informational materials.
  • Experience with cancer biorepositories.
  • Experience in procuring and managing biospecimens, facility operations, laboratory information management systems, specimen processing, and with clinical databases is required.
  • Demonstrated strong background in clinical/biomedical research and lab management with strong regulatory knowledge.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills to address difficult, complex issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that reflect courtesy, diplomacy, and a collaborative approach to develop and maintain effective work relationships.
  • Availability to work outside of traditional business hours, to travel locally and occasionally regionally and nationally.
  • Excellent laboratory technical skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, working with databases and internet research.
  • Actively participate in the teaching activities of the Cancer Center Graduate Students and trainees as required.

Minimum Requirements

Professional degree (e.g., MD, PhD, PharmD) in health related field.

Demonstrated 8-15 years of extensive, progressively responsible experience in a robust (public or private University-based) biomedical research laboratory.

How To Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at

Please be sure to upload your Curriculum Vitae, Research Statement, Professional References, etc.

To be considered an applicant for this faculty position, please be sure to also apply online via our online application by uploading your CV.

Conditions of Employment

All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review.  For specific positions, the final candidate may be subject to a (pre-employment) physical, drug screen, and/or credit check.

The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree in the form of an original transcript.  Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

Other Information

This position is also responsible for promoting a customer friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees.  "Georgia Regents University of Augusta is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner everyday with patients and families for success."

Georgia Regents University of Augusta is a tobacco free environment and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Regents University of Augusta is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. Also, GRU is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

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University System of Georgia
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119 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Clare Norins, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Sheila C England, System Coordinator