Co-Principal Investigator, NINDS, Biomarker Discovery Collection

  • Camden, NJ
  • Full-time

Company Description

Founded in 1953, the Coriell Institute for Medical Research is an independent, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to understanding human genetic diseases and providing the highest quality genetic resources.  In addition to research programs in stem cell biology, genetic diversity, and human genetic diseases, Coriell operates the world's largest repositories of human cells for use in research. Much of the technology for the culture, storage, and characterization of human cells was developed at Coriell. The Institute offers an excellent environment, laboratory facilities, and generous benefits package.

Job Description

Coriell is seeking an experienced scientist to serve as the Co-Investigator, Staff Scientist for the NINDS biobank at Coriell Institute for Medical Research.  The successful individual will be responsible for developing appropriate methods for biosample testing and quality control, as well as working with the Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Managers to ensure successful operation of the collection, storage, processing, and distribution of biospecimen to facilitate biomarker research under the NINDS biobank. The successful candidate for this newly created position will be 100% dedicated to the NINDS Repository Biomarkers Discovery Initiatives.



The NINDS biobank at Coriell is a cutting edge resource for human genetic and biomarkers discovery of causes and risks for neurological disorders. The Biomarker Co-Investigator, Staff Scientist serves as a vital role by working with the PI and Project Managers to coordinate biomarker-related activities and to perform necessary bench work relevant to quality standardization and quality control of stored biospecimens. Specifically, the NINDS Repository Biomarker Co-Investigator-Staff Scientist has the following responsibilities:


  • Develop assays related to the determination of quality for stored biospecimens.
  • Develop methods to address criteria pertaining shipping, storage, processing, and quality control of biosamples under the Biomarkers Discovery studies.
  • Establish Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and work with PI, the Biomarker Discovery Project Manager, and laboratory personnel to implementing validated SOP.
  • Monitor biosample processing and outcomes. Interface with laboratory managers to monitor processing progressions. Track sample processing issues and follow-up with the labs and/or submitters. Inform the PI of problems during collection, receipt, and processing.
  • Working with the PI, the Biomarker Discovery Project Manager, & Coriell’s Director of Biobanking the individual will implement biospecimen processing work flows, follow up strategies, quality control criteria, etc., associated with Biomarkers Discovery collections.
  • Work with Information Technology (IT) on data management such as receiving, processing, and retention of clinical and biological data for the collection. Gain proficiency in Coriell’s laboratory information management system (LIMS) in terms of data mining and reporting.
  • Work with the PI and the Biomarker Discovery Project Manager on data mining and reporting.


In addition, this individual will learn all the internal processes involved such as:

  • Submitter approval and documentation, instructions and supplies for collection; track submissions from time of shipment to time of receipt; accession and participate in receipt, inventory, and distribution of samples to the labs.
  • Manage, review, and verify clinical and biological data entry in Coriell’s laboratory information management system and database.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Genetics, or Molecular Biology (> 5 years ago)
  • 3-5 years of working experience in:
  • Experience performing research on biospecimens such as CSF, whole blood preferred
  • Assertive, positive, and collaborative
  • Willing and able to perform all tasks required and/or asked.
  • Highly detail-orientated
      • Excellence in molecular and cell biology
      • Experience in biomarker discovery preferred
      • Experience in neuroscience research preferred
      • Projects
      • Interpersonal skill including effective written and oral communication

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded or modified to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

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