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Clinical/Technical Specialist at University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa

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Job Description:

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics-recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States-is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives. ®

Basic Function
The Clinical/Technical Specialist is the lead recovery technician who is responsible for the training of all ILEB recovery personnel. This includes conducting didactic training as well as hands-on training in both laboratory and field settings. The lead technician will also perform routine laboratory functions such as supply management, laboratory cleaning, equipment monitoring, and other miscellaneous laboratory duties as directed.

  • Oversee recovery technician recruitment
    • Conducts interviews with potential recovery technicians
    • Responsible for ensuring hiring paperwork is completed and submitted appropriately
  • Conduct training of recovery technicians
    • Responsible for the onboarding/training of all recovery technicians at Iowa Lions Eye Bank, requiring Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) status per Eye Bank Association of America Medical Standards - to be obtained within one year of start date
    • Responsible for maintaining training records for all recovery technicians
    • Responsible for conducting ongoing/remedial training of all recovery technicians
  • Coordinates the scheduling of recovery technicians
    • Ensures adequate staffing of statewide recovery operations
    • Manages all time off/scheduling requests of recovery technicians
  • Assist in the procurement, evaluation, processing, and distribution of donor eye tissue
    • Perform in-situ corneal excisions and enucleations
    • Process corneas and sclera
    • Assist Processing Services staff as needed, including autoclaving instruments and performing data entry
    • Assist with the packaging and distribution of tissue
    • Assist with packaging/shipping of blood samples for serological testing
  • Inventory control, supply and equipment management, including sterilization services, maintaining or exceeding the FDA's CFR 1270 and 1271 EBAA (Eye Bank Association of America) Medical Standards
    • Assist in tracking and stocking/ordering supplies in all ILEB locations
    • Assist in assembling supply kits for various procedures including procedures performed in the field and within ILEB's laboratory
    • Assist with the cleaning of laboratory equipment
  • Prepare and distribute ASEDs (Autologous Serum Eye Drops)
    • Receive patients' blood and spin down sample
    • Dilute according to protocol
    • Coordinate distribution of prepared ASEDs to patient including direct distribution to patient at ILEB and the shipping of prepared ASEDs
    • Appropriately package and ship ASEDs to patients as needed
    • Assist with the scheduling of ASED procedures and ensuring appropriate ASED supply levels at all ASED draw locations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Participate in the performance improvement process
  • Ensure compliance with all policies, procedures and regulations governing the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, including but not limited to those set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Good Tissue Practices (GTP's), Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the medical direction of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank
  • Other duties as assigned

Please attach a current CV and 3 references as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Adam Stockman at 319-335-4124 or

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.
Position Qualifications:

Education Required
  • Bachelor's degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience Requirements
  • Eye recovery technician experience (minimum of 6 months) and knowledge of eye donation procedures
  • Valid Driver's License, plus the ability to meet the University of Iowa Fleet Safety Program driving standards (University of Iowa Operations Manual Part V, Chapter 19)
  • Ability to work on-call after hours at least one night per week and one weekend per month
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail oriented and proficient in computer software applications

Desirable Qualifications
  • Healthcare experience (6 months - 1 year) is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of basic ophthalmologic anatomy and physiology
  • Administrative experience (6 months - 1 year)
  • Some knowledge of University policies, procedures and regulations