Career and Educational Opportunities

The Lysosomal Center is committed to providing educational opportunities to patients and research communities. From offering CE credits to professionals at our GRIDs symposium to presentations to patient associations, LDRTC builds awareness of research and treatments locally and internationally. We also provide community education, tabling events, training, and internships as part of our mission to create a greater understanding of rare genetic disorders’ research, and treatment.

Career Opportunities

LDRTC offers positions for professionals looking to expand their knowledge and experience in the medical field. Come work with us if you are interested in continuing your learning journey in genetics!

Email your CV to info@ldrtc.org

Open positions below
01

Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Summary: Functioning somewhat independently, the Postdoctoral Fellow will design, organize and conduct highly specialized and advanced experiments using established scientific protocols and procedures and in some cases designing new protocols; summarize findings and publish results in research journals; research and development of bench to bedside protocols, and assumes general responsibility for scientific operations of the laboratory; provide supervision and guidance to junior technicians, students, and researchers.

Duties (but not limited to):

      ⦁ Design and implement research protocols; design safety procedures;
      ⦁ Be familiar and perform experiments using cell (immunofluorescence, molecular biology and flow cytometry techniques, if necessary, adapt                 new procedures, methods or instrumentation relative to the ongoing protocols.
      ⦁ Collect, prepare and analyze data; perform statistics
      ⦁ Keep a detailed record summarizing experiments and research data; maintain computer database of research data; tabulate and display data               for presentation in research conferences and for manuscript preparation; use graphics and statistical software to analyze and present data.
      ⦁ Plan and design translational projects
      ⦁ Coordinate research efforts between Clinical Research and Translational Research Units for increased efficiency;
      ⦁ Participate in training of fellows, residents, students and volunteer workers as needed.
      ⦁ Search pertinent scientific literature as needed.
      ⦁ Assist with ordering and procurement of supplies and equipment and with general maintenance of laboratory.

Minimum Qualification:

Ph.D. in a basic or health science.  0 – 2 years of relevant experience in a clinical research environment.

02

Research Laboratory Technician

Position Summary: A Research Laboratory Technician position is available in the translational research laboratory. Projects in which the candidate will work include studies of molecular aspects of lysosomal storage diseases pathology, the role of lysosomes in autophagy, immunological aspects of lysosomal diseases.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research work and laboratory analysis following clearly defined procedures.
  • Methods including RT-PCR, PCR, enzyme assays, westerns blots, cell culture, ELISAs
  • Prepare reagents, slides and perform a variety of technical measurements.
  • Analyze research data using computer programs and prepare statistical analysis.
  • Search records and organize research data for scientific reports.  
  • Assist in writing, editing, and arranging materials for exhibitions, publications, and lectures.
  • Maintain equipment and equipment technical support documents.
  • Maintain inventory records.
  • Supervise students in the laboratory.

Scope:

  • This position has no budgetary responsibility

Education / Experience (Preferred):

  • Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences
  • Expert level cell biologist
  • Protein biochemistry experience
  • Molecular biology experience

Skills and Abilities:

  • Safely and accurately perform laboratory bench work for up to 8 hours per day
  • Operate microscopes
  • Focus attention on a repetitive task for extended periods
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Keep accurate and organized records of work performed

Minimum Qualification:

Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.

03

RN / LPN

Position Summary: The RN / LPN will coordinate daily treatments for patients, works closely with physicians, setting up medication administration, and safely monitoring the patient through the duration of the infusion. In addition, the RN will be responsible for laboratory samples and experiments, and ensuring the efficiency of the orders

Duties and Responsibilities:

     ⦁    Review schedule and make daily assignments.
     ⦁    Assist MAs with starting IVs, hanging meds, vitals, and prompt electronic medical record documentation.
     ⦁    Check out infusion medication from pharmacy.
     ⦁    Administers medication through IV and monitors patient throughout the infusion, documents promptly in EMR.
     ⦁    Acts as the liaison between patient and HCP. Directs all clinical questions immediately to providers.
     ⦁    Provides patient teaching and/or instruction of medication and disease process.
     ⦁    Provides guidance to assigned staff.
     ⦁    Ensures patient safety, monitoring, and follow-up.
     ⦁    Coordinates patient care with referring physician as needed
     ⦁    Demonstrates appropriate hand washing technique to ensure proper infection control and follows universal precautions.

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Health Care Provider Fellowship

This 12-month educational program is dedicated to provides the premier educational setting for producing excellence in patient care delivery. This fellowship program is beneficial for:

♦  Undergraduate/Graduate/Pre-med Internship Program
♦  Medical Student Internship Program
♦  Rotating Clinical and Biochemical Genetics Trainees

We offer an innovative and rare clinical curriculum specifically prepare the physician assistant and nurse practitioner to practice in lysosomal storage diseases (LSD), including Gaucher disease, Fabry disease, Pompe disease, MPS and Niemann Pick diseases.

The program includes opportunities to explore and develop skills in clinical care and clinical research in LSD. The program is focused on the therapeutic management of LSD through direct involvement with patient care and several funded clinical research projects in LSDs. Our clinical team is led by Dr. Ozlem Goker-Alpan, who has several years of experience in the management of patients with LSD and experience assisting learners who are engaging in a continuing career in LSD field. 

Goal

The goal of our fellowship program is to provide an environment that fosters intellectual and professional growth and development through mentorship and individualized goals. Specific areas of emphasis include a clinical practice of patients and their families affected by LSD and study how to manage a clinical research practice.  

Program Exposure

Our fellowship program offers a dynamic clinical exposure across many types of LSD, including Gaucher disease, Pompe disease, Fabry disease, MPSs, and Niemann-Pick diseases. The fellows will be directly working with patients who have already established diagnoses, as well as with patients referred for a suspected diagnosis of an LSD.   The fellow will have the opportunity to follow the patients longitudinally and be acquainted with clinical, radiologic, and laboratory procedures, including disease-specific biomarkers that aid in assessing disease severity, progression, and response to therapy. The fellow will be required to attend weekly genetics clinic meetings, journal clubs, monthly lectures, as well as patient outreach meetings, local conferences, and professional meetings.

Anticipated Outcomes

By the end of the training program, the fellows should have developed the full range of clinical skills required for managing the patients with a variety of LSD. Demonstrate knowledge of novel LSD diagnostic methods, lean effectively manage a treatment plan for LSD patients.

The goal of this program is to provide the necessary skills and resources for the fellow to function independently while facilitating clinical care for patients with rare genetic diseases.

For information on applying, please forward your resume to info@ldrtc.org with which program you are interested in a fellowship.
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Internships

Appropriate for students preparing for a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree or those already in a pre-med program to have further "hands-on" experience at the bench or clinic.

This program offers flexible work schedules with a resume-building opportunity. Internship positions are available year-round or during the summer months for short-term projects.

♦ Undergraduate/Graduate/Pre-med Internship Program
♦ Medical Student Internship Program

For information on applying, please forward your resume to info@ldrtc.org with which program you are interested in an internship.
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Health Care Professional Training

This program provides the opportunity for professionals who have direct access to patients with genetics and LSD to gain further practical knowledge ranging from clinical diagnostic laboratory, clinical research, radiology, registries, and therapeutics.

This program for HCPs not familiar with LSDs will introduce the strategies and best practices for developing a Lysosomal Storage Disease Evaluation and Treatment Plan. The educational program will emphasize the many facets involved with caring for this special population of patients.

For more information please contact us at info@ldrtc.org