Tissue Bank Technician

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POST DATE 8/12/2016
END DATE 10/12/2016

McLean Hospital(MCL) Belmont, MA

Belmont, MA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree


McLean Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital committed to providing easy access to superior quality, cost-effective mental health services in the Boston area, Massachusetts and beyond. Since 1811, McLean Hospital has been a world leader in the treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency, research into the cause of mental illness and the training of generations of mental health care providers. McLean's multidisciplinary programs treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses across the full continuum of care.


Working under general supervision, carries out human brain collection, dissection, storage and distribution to requesting investigators. Technician is responsible for maintaining the database as it relates to tissue collection and redistribution. Responsible for being On-Call to interface with donor families in facilitating brain donations during weekday off-hours and weekends on a weekly, rotating schedule once every five weeks. Responsible for brain dissections off-hours on a rotating schedule.


- Perform brain dissection, during regular hours and off-hours

-Interacts with NIH portal and investigators requesting tissue samples, together with HBTRC director and Assistant Director

-Prepares tissue for distribution

-Maintains tissue inventory and relative database

-Maintains freezers and alarm system

- In collaboration with the Co-Directors, establishes new and modifies existing research protocols.

-Arrange for after-hours brain donation.

-Assist in the orientation and training of new staff.

-All other duties as assigned.

All McLean team members are expected to consistently demonstrate our values of integrity, compassion, respect, diversity, teamwork, excellence and innovation in their work activities and interactions.

BA or BS Degree.

Knowledge of human brain anatomy and experience working with psychiatric patients and/or human research subjects are highly desirable. Must have demonstrated an ability to work independently.


* High degree of computer literacy

* Sound analytical and organizational skills

* Requires good oral communication skills

* Must be able to logically and effectively structure tasks and set priorities.

* Ability to identify potential problems and trouble-shoot solutions.

* Demonstrated ability to analyze data statistically and to logically present it.

Technology Statement:
All employees must possess basic computer skills to use a variety of electronic or online systems for communication, clinical and administrative purposes

It is the policy of McLean Hospital to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender orientation or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation.