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BioBank Assistant 

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Summary

The MMC BioBank is located at MMC, 22 Bramhall St. Portland, ME. The BioBank collects biospecimens after surgical procedures that would otherwise be discarded, following an IRB approved protocol and with patient informed consent. These biospecimens are an important resource and support the research of our physicians and scientists.

Following training, the person in this position will be responsible for:

  • Following departmental protocols, procedures, policies to maintain quality operations.
  • Interacting with patients to obtain consent for bio-specimen donation.
  • Evaluating, processing, storing, and distributing bio-specimens (blood, tissue, etc.) for research.
  • Working within electronic database to enter and retrieve specimen inventory and clinical data.
  • Interacting with collaborators through written and oral communication.
  • Performing daily quality control and equipment monitoring (centrifuges, freezers, refrigerators, balance).
  • Working under the general supervision of the Research Program Director or designee. 

The ideal candidate has an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in biological or health sciences.

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 Coordinator II – Oncology

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Summary

This role is part of a tight knit team of physicians, nurses, and research staff that strives to bring the best treatment options closer to home for young patients and their families. The Clinical Research Coordinator will support the endeavor to get closer to a cure, by offering clinical trials as part of Maine’s treatment center for children with cancer and blood disorders. Fully on-site or a hybrid work schedule is available. For more information, please contact Gabe Garcia, Gabriel.Garcia@mainehealth.org.

Position Summary

  • This is a clinical and technical position responsible for coordinating clinical research.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  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.

Grants Administrator

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Summary

MaineHealth is seeking a Grants Administrator to join the MaineHealth Institute for Research (MHIR) Research Grants team. MHIR is the research division of MaineHealth, which is the largest employer in Maine and consists of nine local hospital systems, a behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, and home healthcare agencies. The Research Grants Office is responsible for all proposal submissions, incoming and outgoing subawards, award negotiation, and progress reports, and works closely with Grants Accounting, Principal Investigators, and the Clinical Trials Office in post-award management. Please see the job posting for more detailed information about the essential functions of the position.

You would be joining a team that is very fortunate to work with an outstanding group of scientists and physician clinicians who conduct bench, translational, clinical, and health services research. We encourage you to visit this website to learn more about the important research being done by our investigators. MHIR is in the process of implementing several Cayuse applications to manage sponsored programs and compliance, so you would have the opportunity to assist us in tailoring the Cayuse Sponsored Programs module to the institution. The position is hybrid, with the number of days a week or month in-office TBD.  Full time in-office is also possible, but at this time full time remote is not. Successful candidates will need to live within reasonable driving distance (1-2 hours) of Portland/Scarborough, Maine.

The Grants Administrator is responsible for managing the process of review, triage and timely submission of all research grants and contracts. They help with the planning, implementation and evaluation of grant proposals and provide guidance on industry sponsored agreements, material transfer agreements and contract service agreements. Grants & Contracts Administrators negotiate and review grants and/or contracts for appropriateness and ensure that awardees are in compliance with established guidelines and administrative practices. This position requires knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to the identification and resolution of grants administration issues and applicable knowledge of laws, regulations, agency policy, precedent cases, and other requirements that affect grant and contract program administration.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field preferred.
  2. At least 3 years progressive experience in grant writing and grant management in a health or health-related field, with demonstrated ability to coordinate large grants and/or contracts from varied sources.
  3. Knowledge of information resources, databases, and methods of accessing and using such resources.
  4. Ability to develop or facilitate the development of a conceptual framework for a proposal.

Manager – Clinical Trials Financial Operations

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Summary

Under the general direction of the Director of Clinical Trials Office, the Manager of Clinical Trials Financial Operations will plan and implement strategic direction for the Clinical Trials Financial Operations department. This position is responsible for the overall clinical research financial management for MaineHealth. This role will direct the work of the Clinical Trials Financial Operations staff, manage program resources and ensure the financial success of individual and program level projects.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Bachelor’s Degree required and 5 to 7 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  2.  Master’s Degree preferred, preferably in business administration, accounting, finance, or equivalent experience.
  3. Five to seven years of progressively greater responsibility with experience in one or more of the following areas: clinical research operations, hospital and professional billing, grants management and finance.
  4.  Proven ability to interact with all levels of senior leadership internal and external to the organization.
  5. Strong knowledge of financial management, healthcare billing and reimbursement, financial systems, and facilities.
  6. Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a time-sensitive manner while working effectively with diverse internal and external constituencies.

Essential Functions

Operations Management

  • Monitor the success of clinical trials throughout the research financial life cycle.
  • Management of Clinical Trial portfolios for individual investigators, Departments, Divisions, Sites and the Institution.
  • Plays a key role in the determination of feasibility and likelihood of success for a clinical trial by assisting with logistics and other factors relating to the success of a clinical trial.
  • Develop reports to evaluate performance of clinical trial projects, portfolios, and programs.
  • Conduct regular meetings with investigators and leadership to review financial performance of studies and portfolios.
  • Identify key performance indicators to drive the success of clinical trials and programs.
  • Manage and provides oversight for implementation and use of the Clinical Trials Management System and adherence to billing compliance.
  • Provide oversight ensuring that the routine financial and business operations of the Clinical Trials Office are conducted in an efficient, effective and compliant manner.
  • Plays a key role in the development or revision of policies and procedures, with the focus on those that guide the operations of the financial aspects of the Clinical Trials Office.

Supervision

  • Manage and supervise direct reports.
  • Performs all functions of personnel management.
  • Develop educational materials and conduct training of Clinical Trial Budget Analysts and new Clinical Trials Business Managers.

Collaboration

  • Works closely with the Director to ensure that initiatives to increase the efficiency and compliance of the financial aspects of Clinical Trials are implemented.
  • Works with investigators to identify opportunities for funding of clinical trials.
  • Works closely with potential industry and community sponsors to identify opportunities beneficial to MaineHealth’s clinical trials program.
  • Works with investigators to find creative ways to advance research goals while meeting financial needs and challenges.
  • Works collaboratively with Accounting, Medicare Coverage Analysts, Billing Compliance, Grants and Contracts to find ways to improve the startup, conduct and financial closeout of clinical trials.
  • Works with CTO leadership and staff to find new ways to improve processes and procedures.
  • Collaborate with the team on necessary updates to the Clinical Trials Management System to support the efficient and compliant conduct of Clinical Trials.
  • Represents the Clinical Trials Office on relevant institutional committees and workgroups for which the focus is directly related to the position’s primary responsibilities.

Research Assistant III – Nadeau Lab

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Summary

The Research Assistant will be responsible for managing the various mouse studies, including setting-up crosses, allocating mice to the various tests, arranging collection of biomaterials (blood, tissues at autopsy), genotyping (PCR) of mutants in breeder colonies and in test crosses, conducting metabolic assays, arranging assays off-campus, shipping samples to collaborators for analysis, maintaining records for the mouse colony and for the various genetic and phenotype assays, and working closely with the PI, project staff and collaborators to ensure good progress and meticulous results.

Candidates with less than the required degree and experience will be considered.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  2. License/Certifications:N/A
  3. Experience: 2 + years of relevant experience.
  4. Demonstrated ability above that of a Research Assistant II.
  5. Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and work effectively.
  6. Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required

Research Associate – Exercise Specialist for Pediatric Weight Management Program

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Summary

Bright Bodies is looking for a physical activity expert to join our program! 

Bright Bodies is a family-oriented, non-diet approach program that stresses healthy food and lifestyle choices as well as self-esteem and self-efficacy. We offer nutrition/ behavior modification classes and physical activities to kids with obesity and their families. Bright Bodies is looking for an exercise specialist to lead and facilitate physical activities on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Stephen’s Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine. This position will work with a registered dietician and a clinical social worker.

We are looking for someone who has the following:

  • Training/certificate/degree/experience with physical activity
  • Experience with kids
  • Availability on Tuesday and Thursday evenings

Job Duties Include:

  • Facilitating a 45 minute physical activity twice per week for up to thirty kids ages 8-12yo
  • Set up/pick up for the program
  • Attend weekly staff meeting
  • Help collect/record data for the program (weight, height, BMI measurements)
  • Participate in Bright Bodies training

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research associate has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project with overall responsibility for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Demonstrated ability above that of the Research Associate II.
  2. 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.
  3. Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  4. Master’s degree in relevant field.
  5. 6+ years of relevant experience with Master’s degree.

 

Research Patient Navigator – Clincial Trials Oncology

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Summary

  • The Oncology Nurse Navigator will guide patients through the care continuum, establishing contact with recurrent and newly diagnosed cancer patients and/or family member, or caregiver. The Patient Navigator will understand the clinical pathways established by the MMC Oncology Program and will direct the patients to health care services within the organization, at outside facilities, and within the community for timely diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The Patient Navigator will actively identify and address barriers to care that might keep the patient from receiving timely and appropriate treatment for their cancer diagnosis. The Patient Navigator will connect patients with resources, health care and support services in their communities and assist the patient and oncology physicians in the transition from active treatment to survivorship. The Patient Navigator will work closely with the MMC Oncology Program and community based service providers (i.e. ACS, , MeHealth LRC) to identify and address community needs for cancer screening services and education regarding cancer prevention and early detection. The Patient Navigator will be responsible for ongoing evaluation and quality improvement of the Navigator Program and with support from the Oncology program and provide supporting data for quality initiatives.
  • On-site, hybrid, and fully-remote candidates are welcome to apply. For more information: contact Gabe Garcia, Gabriel.Garcia@mainehealth.org.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or actively matriculated into a BSN degree program with the expectation that BSN degree will be completed within 3 years of hire.
  2. License/Certifications: Current license to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of Maine. Oncology Certification or defined process for achievement of certification is required. Evidence of minimal ongoing education to maintain oncology certification.
  3. Experience: Experience working with oncology patients and families preferred. Experience working in medical settings and interacting collaboratively with medical teams. Experience in community outreach is desirable.
  4. Demonstrated competency in applying evidence based knowledge, theory, practices, principles, and processes of professional nursing.
  5. Compassionate, articulate and patient.
  6. Knowledgeable about the breadth and accessibility of community resources.
  7. Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  8. Ability to build and maintain solid interdepartmental relationships.
  9. Strong problem solving, critical thinking, and advocacy skills.
  10. Ability to prioritize workload, handle multiple tasks and to work independently with limited supervision.
  11. Computer proficiency.
  12. Ability to identify potential crisis situations involving patients and/or families and to initiate appropriate action.