Sample Operations Specialist

Redwood City, California
Jul 28, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Sample Operations Specialist - Drug Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics and Bioanalysis



The Drug Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics and Bioanalysis (DMPK-BA) department at AbbVie Biotherapeutics Inc currently in Redwood City, CA transitioning Fall 2021 to South San Francisco is looking for a Project Specialist, Sample Operations.  This global department is responsible for ligand binding and FACS-based biomarker analysis from preclinical and clinical studies for oncology, as well as therapeutic areas including Neuroscience, Immunology and Virology.


  • Handles shipment, receipt, storage, and transfer of biological samples in support of clinical and preclinical trials.  Ensures end-to-end chain of custody documentation.
  • Responsible for study setup in the bioanalytical research LIMS software based on defined timelines and standards.
  • Ensures the correct storage and tracking of the biological samples in LIMS.
  • Maintains knowledge of current regulations related to the sample handling and ensures that reconciliation is achieved to deliver assay-ready samples to testing teams.
  • Ensure collection, delivery, analysis, and disposition of biological samples under the highest standards of quality, ethics, compliance, and in accordance with informed consent.
  • Interacts closely with bioanalytical scientists, Laboratory Sample Operations Group, Clinical Sample Operations, and project team leads and/or therapeutic area liaisons regarding sample chain of custody.
  • Perform QC reviews of laboratory testing data and laboratory notebooks to ensure compliance with relevant guidelines and SOPs.
  • Responsible for contracting labeling, storage, and disposition of critical reagents.



  • B.S. or M.S. and at least 3+ years relevant experience in bioanalytical areas required.
  • Chemistry, biology, and immunology background preferred.
  • Expertise in LIMS Systems for sample handling and tracking storage preferred.
  • Experience working under GLP/GCP regulation preferred.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and detail oriented.
  • Ability to prioritize and adapt to change.
  • Very good organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, interfacing with departments and external partners

Key Leadership Competencies

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.
  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence”, and can change course quickly where indicated.
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality. 



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