January 23, 2023
Neuro-Memory and Aging
Full Time
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The position is with the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) (, a dynamic multidisciplinary clinical research program investigating neurodegenerative diseases. Under the supervision of the MAC Genetics and Biospecimen Manager, the Specimen Data Manager will coordinate many aspects of the Genetics and Biospecimen program data needs. Key activities of the Specimen Data Manager involve routine research data management activities including discrepancy management, manual data review, data cleaning, data transfers, data linking and merging, data analysis, generating metrics, reporting, and writing custom scripts to support some of this work. The Specimen Data Manager will provide hands-on data management support to fulfill requests for customized queries and data sets in support of research activities, as well as implementing common queries and integrating them with the center’s central query tool.

They will support the Genetics and Specimen Program Manager in debugging data validation errors, improving overall data quality, and automating processes (such as writing scripts) to improve throughput. The Specimen Data Manager will also work closely with the Genetics and Specimens Program Manager in all aspects of specimen transfers including querying the data repositories to identify samples, communicating with the laboratory and biobank staff to facilitate the creation specimen manifests, track shipping, and confirm receipt at the receiving location, as well as being a key player in the process of returning of results to the Memory and Aging Center.   
The Specimen Data Manager supports our innovative and impactful biospecimens program that is critical to our clinical care, clinical and observational trials, and research activities. The Specimen Data Manager is responsible for monitoring and participating in all aspects of data capture, data integration, results management, and reporting for more than 30 related specimen collection protocols involving many distributed laboratories. 

The Specimen Data Manager will work as part of a cross-functional team of clinicians, technicians, and programmers to define, implement and improve informatics tools and procedures with an initial emphasis on accurate and timely integration of biospecimens test results, particularly in the biomarker development field, with our clinical databases and effective reporting of same to researchers and key stakeholders.  

The Specimen Data Manager will report to the Genetics and Biospecimen Program Manager for career development and for domain relevant work. The Specimen Data Manager will take guidance on technology and all technology related aspects from the Technology team, working closely with different Technology team members and more so with the Director of Technical Operations. The MAC Technology team will also provide mentorship where necessary.

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