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SIDRA4398 - Research Specialist IV (Clinical Research Center)

Department: Clinical Research Center Div
Division: Translational Medicine Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 18-Aug-2017
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards. Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is: “Sidra Medicine will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class: Patient and Family Centered Care Health Education Biomedical Discovery

Department and Job Profile:

The Research branch will house several hundred researchers working on many aspects of Feto-maternal health. It will cover Basic, Translation, Clinical trials and Informatics research. The Department comprises two research floors totaling 10,000M2 and 9 smaller “satellite laboratories” throughout the hospital. The department will house basic laboratories as well as state of the art core facilities (Genomics, Deep Phenotyping, Medicinal Chemistry and Imaging). Clinical Research Center that includes Clinical Trial Office is a research branch of Translational Medicine. CRC consists of a multidisciplinary team to establish gene transfer and cell development technologies, and identify GMP-complaint production strategies for gene and cell therapies and for other breakthrough advanced therapies in line with the vision of the Sidra Medical and Research Center.

The Research Specialist IV – Clinical Research Center executes autonomously various laboratory tests for clinical research projects. The incumbent supports the team in good Manufacturing Practice Operations, good Laboratory Practice and Clinical Research activities; in the development and validation of simple and complex laboratory procedures for the manufacturing of cell and gene therapy products. The incumbent observes and maintains a high standard of laboratory health, safety and risk procedures; and works to departmental Standard Operating Procedures/ protocols and current professional standards.

Key Role Accountabilities::
  • Actively participates and performs responsibly the technical and analytical work in the labs: production and testing.

  • Defines priorities in daily work plan in accordance with the line manager.

  • Initiates, performs, reviews and troubleshoots quality control of reagents and test systems

  • Ensures and validates pre-existing assays for laboratory.

  • Ensures testing assays comply with current regulations in Qatar or/and with international ones.

  • Liaises with manager and CRC colleagues on production and outcomes, on appropriateness of tests and results.

  • Recognizes normal, abnormal, critical test results; Differentiates and resolves instrument and/or unexpected test results.

  • Maintains, monitors, records and reports tests results.

  • Collaboratively maintains laboratory information system (e.g. LIMS/ELN).

  • Maintains laboratory supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level in assigned areas; anticipating needed supplies; and if requested placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.

  • Ensures that any difficulties or problems affecting service provision are reported promptly to colleagues, senior staff and line manager.

  • Understands and adheres to process improvement principles and processes, for example, following standard work and maintaining a robust inventory concept in work area realizing that all processes are driven by the needs of the customer.

  • Participates actively in CRC meetings and if required in Quality Systems and Assurance development/ improvement.

  • Proposes changes to SOPs, relating to duty, and under the instruction from the line manager drafts new versions or produces new operating procedures as addressed.

  • Responsible for maintaining competencies required in CRC and performs in accordance with laboratory and Sidra policy to provide accurate lab activities.

  • Operates and maintains sophisticated instruments and equipment’s used in the laboratory, and properly sets up, calibrates, maintains, operates and shut down such instruments;

  • Maintains competence in Laboratory Information System that is crucial to the quality operations of the laboratory and patient care.

  • Actively participates in Quality Improvement Programs essential to ensure that laboratory testing is accurate, timely and meets customer needs.

  • Operates and performs daily preventive maintenance of equipment according to written procedures and documents; reports equipment malfunctions and requests service as necessary.

  • Participates in research and development as directed.

  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

  • Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values.

In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.






    Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences or a related field

    PhD in Biomedical Sciences


    7+ years of experience in research laboratory environment

    • Eexperience in clinical pathology laboratories or pharmaceutical drug production.


    • Experience in molecular biology (PCR) Experience in therapeutic cell processing (i.e. stem cells, mesenchymal cells) for clinical transplant.


    • Experience in cord blood bank processing.


    • Experience in clean rooms or isolators.

    Certification and Licensure


    License recognized in Qatar, EU, US or Canada.

    Professional Membership



    Job Specific Skills and Abilities

    • Practical understanding of traceability and biorepository.


    • Understanding safety, biosafety, and hazard.


    • Instrument and supplies management.


    • Biological tissues management.


    • Experience with human tissue &fluids


    • Understanding Quality Systems, Accreditation Standards, guidelines


    • Drafting a protocol or SOP.


    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.


    • Fluency in written and spoken English.
    • Complete knowledge in clinical molecular biology
Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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