Careers & Internships

NDRI continues to grow to meet the increasing need for human biospecimens for research. We welcome talented, dedicated, committed people to join our team at our headquarters in Philadelphia, where we offer both employment opportunities and internships.

In addition, we are always looking to expand our network of independent recovery partners, including pathologists, anatomists, medical examiners, organ procurement and tissue recovery specialists, and other medical professionals capable of recovering biospecimens for our private donor program. These recovery partners are located nationwide.

Career Opportunities

Tissue Source Site Specialist

Job Title: Tissue Source Site Specialist

About NDRI

The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is a not-for-profit organization with over 40 years of experience in providing human organs and tissue from a diverse pool of normal and diseased donors to support the advancement of biomedical research.

Our partnerships with nationwide organ and tissue donation programs enable NDRI to obtain biospecimens from all body systems. NDRI utilizes a prospective procurement model and project-specific collection protocols to provide biospecimens that meet the experimental needs of each project.


The Tissue Source Site Management area is responsible for overseeing all activities related to the management of NDRI’s Tissue Source Sites (TSS, which include organ procurement organizations, tissue banks, eye banks, hospitals, tissue processors, transplant centers, tissue recovery professionals, recovery sites and other sources of human tissue, as needed). Tissue Source Site Management is inclusive of NDRI’s Private Donor Program which includes independently contracted recovery professionals and research donors consented by NDRI or a sponsoring program.


Summary of Position

Reporting to the Director, Tissue Source Site (TSS) Management, the TSS Specialist will work closely with the TSS Management managers and director to manage NDRI’s relationships with its recovery partners. He/she will be responsible for maintaining records related to TSS contacts and capabilities and facilitating real-time TSS follow-up regarding biospecimen recovery. He/she will participate in regular teleconferences, on-site meetings, and project teams.

He/she will work with the TSS Management managers and director to facilitate donation of organs and tissues for research from postmortem donors as a part of NDRI’s Private Donor Program team. He/she will manage donor inquiries, consenting, registration, donation planning and coordination of eligible Private Donors.

A requirement of the position is to be a part of the Private Donor On-call rotating schedule to provide assistance to NDRI’s Fulfillment team in the execution of donation plans. On-call hours are between 5:00 PM and 8:30 AM, Monday evening through Friday morning and between 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM, Friday evening though Monday morning.

Position will require up to 5% travel time per year.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Tissue Source Site Responsibilities

1. Assist in managing day to day interactions with recovery partners (TSS), communicating needs of NDRI projects and researchers in real-time to TSS liaison and contacting sites as required to determine feasibility of new projects and protocols or provide recovery feedback.
2. Maintain TSS contacts in the TSS module of Microsoft Dynamics.
3. Maintain accurate records of TSS capabilities in the TSS module of NDRI’s procurement software,
Rhythm.
4. Regularly monitor progress/performance of all of NDRI’s recovery partners. Provide monthly
summaries to TSS Management Managers on recovery partner performance and potential issues.
5. Participate in regular TSS meetings to review performance, problems, demand and other needs.
6. Work with Fulfillment staff as needed in the coordination of recovered biospecimens by TSS to appropriate researchers.

Private Donor Program Responsibilities

1. Maintain Private Donor (PD) contacts and donation plans in the Private Donor module of Microsoft Dynamics.
2. Maintain PD recovery specialist contacts and details in the Private Donor module of Microsoft Dynamics.
3. Approach donor or donor family next-of-kin to obtain authorization for research donation, working with PD team to ensure best practices and compliance of all informed decision-making documents for authorization/consent.
4. Assist in coordinating all activities associated with PD tissue recovery, including communicating directly with hospitals, recovery specialists, funeral homes and NDRI staff to facilitate timely recovery in compliance with family’s wishes.
Adhere to PD SOPs and curriculum guidance for PD recoveries.
Assist in managing interactions with PD recovery specialists, including follow-up on recovery feedback.
7. Regularly monitor progress/performance of NDRI’s PD Program. Provide monthly summaries to TSS Management Managers on PD performance and potential issues.
8. Work with NDRI Logistics Management to ensure adequate inventory of supplies are available to PD recovery sites and specialists.

Competencies

Problem Solving
Customer/Client Focus
Communication Proficiency
Time Management
Teamwork Orientation
Results Driven

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. NDRI recognizes that many employees need flexibility in work schedules in order to meet childcare and other needs. Core hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and all employees should be at work during those hours. Within the structure of the core hours, you may schedule your 7.5-hour workday as you choose if the nature of your job permits such flexibility, and your supervisor approves your schedule. This position is approved to work remotely 2, 7.5-hour workdays a week.

Additionally, this position requires employee to be part of a Private Donor Administrator On-Call group with operates on a rotating schedule.

Experience

1. Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences. Additional work experience in areas of vendor management, project management, or general management preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
2. Experience working with hospitals, other organ procurement organizations or tissue banks preferred.
3. Proficient in Microsoft Office Project, Teams, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Word, Excel.
4. Strong understanding of current biomedical research techniques and human anatomy.
5. Can read and understand scientific publications, medical terminology, and patient charts.

 

Skills

1. Results oriented, will take ownership for problem identification and resolution and seeing through to completion.
2. Must be self-motivated, assertive, and able to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
3. Ability to communicate effectively with customers and employees.
4. Ability to deal with death and grieving families and do so in a caring and professional manner.
5. Ability to function as a team player and carry through assigned tasks on time and within the scope of project parameters.
6. Customer centric in his/her approach.
7. Exceptional demonstrated leadership skills in a collaborative team environment.
8. Ability to adapt to change with needs of the business.

AAP/EEO Statement

NDRI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, NDRI complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. NDRI expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job.
Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the NDRI team supporting critical biomedical research around the world, fill out the application form below, and our Human Resources staff will contact you if your skillset matches a current opening.

As NDRI continues to grow, we need you to help us shape the future. We are raising awareness of the vital role that human biomaterials play in advancing research and fulfilling a critical need for donated human tissue. We also work to develop and foster relationships with a vast network of partners, both corporate and academic, along with patient advocacy groups, all of whom share a common goal of advancing biomedical research.

We offer all new employees a comprehensive health and benefits package, including medical, dental & vision insurance, paid time off, a 403b retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, and tailored training programs. There is flexibility in work schedules after a predetermined training period.

Application Form:

Internships

NDRI’s internship program continues to expand, providing diverse opportunities for students enrolled in higher education programs to gain professional as well as educational experience.

The format rotates participants through multiple functional areas within the NDRI organization: fulfillment/operations, scientific services, strategic initiatives, partnership development and quality assurance. Interns take on independent projects within each department, making them an integral part of the NDRI staff. Students participate in various internal meetings and attend an educational lecture series covering various topics from organ procurement organizations and specific research project initiatives, to human anatomy and physiology.

The NDRI internship experience gives students hands-on professional work experience. NDRI has hired several former interns after graduation.

For more information, contact Victoria Corbit, PhD, Director, Scientific Services, at vcorbit@ndriresource.org.

What interns say about our program

My experience at NDRI has been extremely valuable. The opportunity to work in various departments has given me insight into the complexities of organ and tissue donation and has allowed me to see the impact that NDRI makes by placing these tissues. It has been very rewarding to intern at a company that places such a high value on improving lives through scientific advancement.”
 Morgan Garcia, 
Drexel University

“NDRI is full of employees who are passionate about the positive difference they make in the scientific community. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and taught us the importance of teamwork and communication — skills that can guide us to success.”
 Manali Naik, 
Drexel University

“I came in this summer wanting to learn, make a contribution, and be helpful and I couldn’t be more pleased with how successful I’ve been in reaching my goal. My experience at NDRI was very enjoyable, and I got the chance to work with some talented people and learn from them. This internship has added a valuable experience to my life.”
Jane Lipsett, University of Alabama

NDRI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, NDRI complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

NDRI expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status

NDRI continues to grow to meet the increasing need for human biospecimens for research. We welcome talented, dedicated, committed people to join our team at our headquarters in Philadelphia, where we offer both employment opportunities and internships.

In addition, we are always looking to expand our network of independent recovery partners, including pathologists, anatomists, medical examiners, organ procurement and tissue recovery specialists, and other medical professionals capable of recovering biospecimens for our private donor program. These recovery partners are located nationwide.

Career Opportunities

Tissue Source Site Specialist

Job Title: Tissue Source Site Specialist

About NDRI

The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is a not-for-profit organization with over 40 years of experience in providing human organs and tissue from a diverse pool of normal and diseased donors to support the advancement of biomedical research.

Our partnerships with nationwide organ and tissue donation programs enable NDRI to obtain biospecimens from all body systems. NDRI utilizes a prospective procurement model and project-specific collection protocols to provide biospecimens that meet the experimental needs of each project.


The Tissue Source Site Management area is responsible for overseeing all activities related to the management of NDRI’s Tissue Source Sites (TSS, which include organ procurement organizations, tissue banks, eye banks, hospitals, tissue processors, transplant centers, tissue recovery professionals, recovery sites and other sources of human tissue, as needed). Tissue Source Site Management is inclusive of NDRI’s Private Donor Program which includes independently contracted recovery professionals and research donors consented by NDRI or a sponsoring program.


Summary of Position

Reporting to the Director, Tissue Source Site (TSS) Management, the TSS Specialist will work closely with the TSS Management managers and director to manage NDRI’s relationships with its recovery partners. He/she will be responsible for maintaining records related to TSS contacts and capabilities and facilitating real-time TSS follow-up regarding biospecimen recovery. He/she will participate in regular teleconferences, on-site meetings, and project teams.

He/she will work with the TSS Management managers and director to facilitate donation of organs and tissues for research from postmortem donors as a part of NDRI’s Private Donor Program team. He/she will manage donor inquiries, consenting, registration, donation planning and coordination of eligible Private Donors.

A requirement of the position is to be a part of the Private Donor On-call rotating schedule to provide assistance to NDRI’s Fulfillment team in the execution of donation plans. On-call hours are between 5:00 PM and 8:30 AM, Monday evening through Friday morning and between 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM, Friday evening though Monday morning.

Position will require up to 5% travel time per year.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Tissue Source Site Responsibilities

1. Assist in managing day to day interactions with recovery partners (TSS), communicating needs of NDRI projects and researchers in real-time to TSS liaison and contacting sites as required to determine feasibility of new projects and protocols or provide recovery feedback.
2. Maintain TSS contacts in the TSS module of Microsoft Dynamics.
3. Maintain accurate records of TSS capabilities in the TSS module of NDRI’s procurement software,
Rhythm.
4. Regularly monitor progress/performance of all of NDRI’s recovery partners. Provide monthly
summaries to TSS Management Managers on recovery partner performance and potential issues.
5. Participate in regular TSS meetings to review performance, problems, demand and other needs.
6. Work with Fulfillment staff as needed in the coordination of recovered biospecimens by TSS to appropriate researchers.

Private Donor Program Responsibilities

1. Maintain Private Donor (PD) contacts and donation plans in the Private Donor module of Microsoft Dynamics.
2. Maintain PD recovery specialist contacts and details in the Private Donor module of Microsoft Dynamics.
3. Approach donor or donor family next-of-kin to obtain authorization for research donation, working with PD team to ensure best practices and compliance of all informed decision-making documents for authorization/consent.
4. Assist in coordinating all activities associated with PD tissue recovery, including communicating directly with hospitals, recovery specialists, funeral homes and NDRI staff to facilitate timely recovery in compliance with family’s wishes.
Adhere to PD SOPs and curriculum guidance for PD recoveries.
Assist in managing interactions with PD recovery specialists, including follow-up on recovery feedback.
7. Regularly monitor progress/performance of NDRI’s PD Program. Provide monthly summaries to TSS Management Managers on PD performance and potential issues.
8. Work with NDRI Logistics Management to ensure adequate inventory of supplies are available to PD recovery sites and specialists.

Competencies

Problem Solving
Customer/Client Focus
Communication Proficiency
Time Management
Teamwork Orientation
Results Driven

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. NDRI recognizes that many employees need flexibility in work schedules in order to meet childcare and other needs. Core hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and all employees should be at work during those hours. Within the structure of the core hours, you may schedule your 7.5-hour workday as you choose if the nature of your job permits such flexibility, and your supervisor approves your schedule. This position is approved to work remotely 2, 7.5-hour workdays a week.

Additionally, this position requires employee to be part of a Private Donor Administrator On-Call group with operates on a rotating schedule.

Experience

1. Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences. Additional work experience in areas of vendor management, project management, or general management preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
2. Experience working with hospitals, other organ procurement organizations or tissue banks preferred.
3. Proficient in Microsoft Office Project, Teams, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Word, Excel.
4. Strong understanding of current biomedical research techniques and human anatomy.
5. Can read and understand scientific publications, medical terminology, and patient charts.

 

Skills

1. Results oriented, will take ownership for problem identification and resolution and seeing through to completion.
2. Must be self-motivated, assertive, and able to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
3. Ability to communicate effectively with customers and employees.
4. Ability to deal with death and grieving families and do so in a caring and professional manner.
5. Ability to function as a team player and carry through assigned tasks on time and within the scope of project parameters.
6. Customer centric in his/her approach.
7. Exceptional demonstrated leadership skills in a collaborative team environment.
8. Ability to adapt to change with needs of the business.

AAP/EEO Statement

NDRI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, NDRI complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. NDRI expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job.
Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the NDRI team supporting critical biomedical research around the world, fill out the application form below, and our Human Resources staff will contact you if your skillset matches a current opening.

As NDRI continues to grow, we need you to help us shape the future. We are raising awareness of the vital role that human biomaterials play in advancing research and fulfilling a critical need for donated human tissue. We also work to develop and foster relationships with a vast network of partners, both corporate and academic, along with patient advocacy groups, all of whom share a common goal of advancing biomedical research.

We offer all new employees a comprehensive health and benefits package, including medical, dental & vision insurance, paid time off, a 403b retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, and tailored training programs. There is flexibility in work schedules after a predetermined training period.

Application Form:

Internships

NDRI’s internship program continues to expand, providing diverse opportunities for students enrolled in higher education programs to gain professional as well as educational experience.

The format rotates participants through multiple functional areas within the NDRI organization: fulfillment/operations, scientific services, strategic initiatives, partnership development and quality assurance. Interns take on independent projects within each department, making them an integral part of the NDRI staff. Students participate in various internal meetings and attend an educational lecture series covering various topics from organ procurement organizations and specific research project initiatives, to human anatomy and physiology.

The NDRI internship experience gives students hands-on professional work experience. NDRI has hired several former interns after graduation.

For more information, contact Victoria Corbit, PhD, Director, Scientific Services, at vcorbit@ndriresource.org.

What interns say about our program

My experience at NDRI has been extremely valuable. The opportunity to work in various departments has given me insight into the complexities of organ and tissue donation and has allowed me to see the impact that NDRI makes by placing these tissues. It has been very rewarding to intern at a company that places such a high value on improving lives through scientific advancement.”
 Morgan Garcia, 
Drexel University

“NDRI is full of employees who are passionate about the positive difference they make in the scientific community. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and taught us the importance of teamwork and communication — skills that can guide us to success.”
 Manali Naik, 
Drexel University

“I came in this summer wanting to learn, make a contribution, and be helpful and I couldn’t be more pleased with how successful I’ve been in reaching my goal. My experience at NDRI was very enjoyable, and I got the chance to work with some talented people and learn from them. This internship has added a valuable experience to my life.”
Jane Lipsett, University of Alabama

NDRI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, NDRI complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

NDRI expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status