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Job Description

The Organ and Tissue Procurement Specialist II is responsible for providing support to the supply chain of Thermo Fishers primary cell manufacturing operation. The primary responsibility of this position is the coordination and procurement of human and animal organs and tissue for research.

The process of procuring human organs and tissues involves medically evaluating records and to ensure the overall quality is suitable to be used for the isolation of cells. This individual communicates and coordinates with external partners such as vendors and suppliers of services needed to complete the organ donation process (i.e. hospitals, tissue banks, OPOs and transportation services).

The process of procuring animal organs and tissues involves collaboration with the veterinarians and technicians from the animal vendors. This individual functions as a member of the surgical team utilizing aseptic technique to appropriately recover the organ for research purposes. In addition, the Organ and Tissue Procurement Specialist II is responsible for documentation of all aspects of Tissue collection (i.e. IRBs, MTAs, contracts, consents), and maintains tissue reports and analyzes data for process improvement.

Major Responsibilities:
  • OPC Proficiency: Maintains competence as an organ procurement coordinator. Evaluates liver tissue that has been turned down by transplant centers and allocated for research to determine suitably for hepatic isolation.
  • 24/7 on-call schedule that includes, nights, weekends and holidays
  • Tissue Recovery Proficiency: Supports organ/tissue management, inventory control, including acquisitions and logistics; reviews and interprets specimen related data. Maintains competence with surgical recovery techniques.
  • Preservationist Proficiency: Maintains competence with clinical cold storage techniques to ensure preservation of solid organs or tissues recovered for research.
  • Surgical and Aseptic Technique Proficiency: Related to organ profusion and surgical recovery
  • Manage surgical recovery protocols and specifications for acquiring human and animal derived organs and tissues associated with primary cell isolations and other derivative developments that support research developments and other regulated applications.
  • Daily Support of Internal Operations: Collaborates with Manufacturing and lab supervisors to determine tissue needs. Maintain procurement database for analysis and report generation as needed. Daily Support of External Operations/Clinical Liaison: Acts as a resource and liaison for collaborating human and animal tissue sites and hospitals. Shares information, develops training and educational presentations.
  • Maintain and update existing and new source specific Contracts, Internal Review Boards (IRBs), Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
  • Conduct site visits as needed
  • Education and Training Required:

    BA, BS, Masters, RN and/or Paramedic with clinical work experience (clinical experience highly preferred)

    At least 2 years working in organ procurement, surgical transplant transplant and/or hospital environment or clinical equivalent

    Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

    Clinical Skills:

    Knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology

    Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices and research protocols

    Collaborate with medical staff and organ/tissue professionals

    Project Management/Administrative Skills

    Excellent communication, clinical and problem solving skills

    Independently produce high quality work and manage multiple projects at once

    Analyze data and recognize problems and recommend solutions

    Work collaboratively with others and promote teamwork

    Organizational Skills:

    Strong organizational and project management skills

    Strong interpersonal skills to include the ability to facilitate, mentor, negotiate, resolve conflicts and build teams

    Effective communication skills

    General Skills:

    Strong computer skills (proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

    Good mental health and ability to keep calm under pressure


    Non-standard work hours for travel, business calls, relationship building, etc.

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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