Tissue Handling Platform IT Manager NDS And Oxford Centre For Histopathology Research job in Oxford at Nuffield Dept Of Surgical Sciences

Tissue Handling Platform IT Manager (NDS and Oxford Centre for Histopathology Research)

Company: Nuffield Dept of Surgical Sciences

Location: Oxford UK

Date Posted:Nov 13, 2017

  Job description and selection criteria Job titleTissue Handling PlatformIT Manager(NDS and Oxford Centre for Histopathology Research) DivisionMedical Sciences DivisionDepartment Nuffield Department of Surgical SciencesLocationLevel 6, John Radcliffe HospitalGrade and salaryGrade 7: £31,076-£33,943 per annumHoursFull timeContract typeFixed-term (12 months)Reporting toDr Clare Verrill Vacancy referenceNDSA656Additional informationThe closing date for this vacancy is 7th August 2017. If you have sole caring responsibilities (childcare or medical/elder care) and need to hire professional services to enable you to attend your interview with NDS, we will be happy to reimburse you for these costs in full*. *Any amount must have prior agreement.                        The role The primary focus of this technical role will be co-ordinating the ongoing roll-out of the sample inventory software (LabVantage Sapphire) across boththe NDS tissue handling platform (NDS-THP) and the Oxford Radcliffe Biobank’s (ORB) multiple tissue collections within the Trust and University; this will require the post holder to establish close working relationships with the NDS and OCHRe / ORB teams and Biobank Managers from other clinical research themes. The post holder will provide data management support to biobank and research activities in the NDS, Trust and greater University. This is an exciting opportunity to implement and develop new software and technologies which will make a real difference to the functionality and efficiency of clinical research biobanks and to the delivery of research results. The post holder is expected to:Develop and maintain the sample tracking and LIMS system to meet the requirements of the existing workflows and processes, coordinate the upload of retrospective data to the database, ensure system security, and provide training to users. A high-level of accuracy is required as it is imperative that data is transferred to the new system without error and the post holder will be required to develop robust documented systems for checking the integrity of the processDesign and construct a database to support the tissue handling activities of NDS-THP including sample tracking Support the development of secure interfaces between the sample tracking system, the clinical databases and research database systems. As such, applicants should have familiarity with a broad range of systems, networks and programming languages, and be willing to learn new skillsApply or develop excellent working knowledge of the Human Tissue Act, Data Protection Act and Caldicott Principles and apply the guidelines, particularly with regards to consent, ethics and security of data and sample management, to ensure work is carried out in accordance with the regulationsAppraise and maintain other software, for example freezer temperature monitoring, document management solutions, virtual slide scanning and image analysis. There is also a requirement to provide technical support to the development and maintenance of the respective websites, and to assist members of the team responsible for updating the websites The implementation of the inventory system is crucial to ensuring compliance with the Human Tissue Act and to facilitate translational research involving projects across the key themes within and external to the University of Oxford. This is a busy role in a fast moving research environment and so adaptability to new and rapidly changing situations is important, along with excellent organisational skills and flexibility.  The work will be based at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust sites; specifically the John Radcliffe Hospital with regular travel to the Churchill Hospital and possibly the Unipart building in Cowley.         Responsibilities  These will include, but not be limited to:Develop, implement and maintain inventory systems to coordinate the annotation of high-quality data and biobank material.Coordinate and support the systems within multiple collections across the Trust and University.Use project management methodology to plan and deliver successful projects.  To manage project issue and risk logs, monitor project progress, develop contingency plans, escalating problem as appropriate and conduct end project evaluation, ensuring that benefits are realized.Understand how the inventory system can interface with existing and planned clinical and research databases, and develop those interfaces accordingly.Develop standard operating procedures for the use of the biobank-related IT systems and ensure that risks have been appropriately assessed.Ensure compliance with the Human Tissue Act, Data Protection Act and Caldicott Principles, particularly with regards to consent, ethics, security and access. Ensure that processes and procedures are in place so that systems are tested adequately before system acceptance. Understand how the IT system can directly benefit users, and work with users to provide appropriate training and support.Appraise and maintain biobank-related software and hardware, including slide scanning and image analysis systems, freezer temperature monitoring, quality management systems, and laboratory information management systems.Liaise closely with other IT, database and support managers to ensure effective co-ordination between activities and system developments and manage relationships with research groups, interacting effectively with clinical and research staff at all levels.Provide technical support to the development and maintenance of relevant websites, and assistance to members of the team involved in updating the content. In execution of these roles and responsibilities the post holder will, at all times:Comply with local rules with regard to purchasing and financial procedures.Abide by local codes of practice with regard to health and safety.Work with discretion and confidentiality when dealing with personal data or information.   Selection criteriaA degree in a relevant computer science subject, or equivalent qualification/experience.Evidence of implementing, developing, maintaining and testing SQL and relational database technologies, including interfacing and integration between applications.Experience of developing complete computer applications from gathering user requirements, through development and test to implementation and support.Experience with web-based technologies: HTML, JavaScript, XML and Java.Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and especially Excel) and ability to use other systems, as required.Good understanding of networking techniques and their applications to ensure security and integrity of data and systems.Creating and updating Standard Operating Procedures and help documents for any work being developed.Excellent communication skills, including the ability to interact confidently with a broad range of users and deliver training.?      Experience of using LabKey ?      Experience of using Open Tissue Desirable selection criteriaAn understanding of LIMMS or oncology based biobankingKnowledge of relevant legislation related to human data and sample acquisition, storage and processing.Experience of administrating SharePoint and dealing with version control.Understanding of laboratory practices, ideally within the healthcare or research setting.   About the University of Oxford Welcome to the University of Oxford. We aim to lead the world in research and education for the benefit of society both in the UK and globally. Oxford’s researchers engage with academic, commercial and cultural partners across the world to stimulate high-quality research and enable innovation through a broad range of social, policy and economic impacts. We believe our strengths lie both in empowering individuals and teams to address fundamental questions of global significance, and in providing all of our staff with a welcoming and inclusive workplace that supports everyone to develop and do their best work. Recognising that diversity is a great strength, and vital for innovation and creativity, we aspire to build a truly diverse community which values and respects every individual’s unique contribution. While we have long traditions of scholarship, we are also forward-looking, creative and cutting-edge. Oxford is one of Europe's most entrepreneurial universities. Income from external research contracts in 2014/15 exceeded £522.9m and ranked first in the UK for university spin-outs, with more than 130 spin-off companies created to date. We are also recognised as leaders in support for social enterprise. Join us and you will find a unique, democratic and international community, a great range of staff benefits and access to a vibrant array of cultural activities in the beautiful city of Oxford.      Medical Sciences DivisionThe Medical Sciences Division is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching. We are the largest academic division in the University of Oxford. World-leading programmes, housed in state-of-the-art facilities, cover the full range of scientific endeavour from the molecule to the population. With our NHS partners we also foster the highest possible standards in patient care.    Nuffield Department of Surgical SciencesThe Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences is one of the few remaining academic surgical departments in the UK.   The Department currently hosts academics from every surgical discipline who undertake both basic and translational research, reflecting our true multidisciplinary dimension and integrating surgical practice with cutting-edge science.   The department has outstanding research programmes in oncology, transplantation, immunology and regenerative medicine, neuroscience, otolaryngology, and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.  In recent years the department has taken a new exciting direction to strengthen academic surgical oncology, as a key component of the CRUK Cancer Centre together with Medical and Clinical Oncology, and the new Cancer Centre structure of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Another key topic in NDS is Transplantation, with dedicated experimental and translational research including national and international collaboration. Teaching is also a major component in our activity, encompassing undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in all surgical disciplines.  The department also co-hosts Masters courses in Integrated Immunology and Surgical Sciences and Practice.      Athena SWAN CharterThe Athena SWAN Awardsrecognise success in          developing employment practices to further and support thecareers of women in academia. Within NDS,we feel that we have an established culture of equality andareusing the Athena SWAN process to spur on-going improvement that benefits everyone in theDepartment. This progress was rewarded in April 2013 with anAthena Swan Bronze award, and the recent achievement ofa Silver Award in September 2016. Our development in this area hasresulted in a number of commitments to our staff, central towhich are: ?      establishing an open, supportive and family-friendlyresearch environment.?      supporting career progression through teachingprogrammes, personal development reviews andmentoring.?      proactive communication of support policies such asflexible working, provision of leave, promotion and careersupport schemes. NDS actively promotesfamily-friendly policies to help foster a familyfriendly working environment, including provision of family leave(such as maternity, paternity, parental, carers andadoption leave), flexible/part-time working and schedulinginclusive meetings. The University’s childcare services support staff with aChildcare Voucher Scheme to help staff save tax and nationalinsurance on childcare costs, offer information on nurseryproviders and a nursery fee Salary Sacrifice Scheme, work in partnership with playschemeproviders to help support families during school holidays and signpost staff to parenting,local authority and other organisations that help support families and parents. The Department is committed to ensuring that staff undertaking part-time or flexibleworking receive the same access to benefits and entitlements as full-time staff, includingthe same opportunities for training and promotion, a pro-rata entitlement to leave includingbank holidays and careful consideration of requests to work part-time (particularly for thoseby staff returning from maternity leave).  We actively work to uphold the University’s aim of providing an inclusiveenvironment and equal career opportunities by promoting equality, valuing diversity andmaintaining a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of allstaff are respected. Separate University policies are also in place to ensure race, disabilityand gender equality.   JD and Selection Criteria Template April 2016.doc1 View full job description
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