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University of California - San Diego #106913 Transplant Recovery Specialist in San Diego, California

#106913 Transplant Recovery Specialist

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/4/2020

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/25/20 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/4/20. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under general supervision, the Transplant Recovery Specialist provides coordination of all activities involved with the surgical removal, preservation, packaging, and transportation of organs recovered for transplant. Independently responsible for intraoperative organ preservation and packaging of organs. Provides organ-specific intraoperative organ preservation and packaging for local and distant cases. Provides preservation, first-assist and packaging support to local organ recovery teams on non-local organ recoveries. Manages and monitors organs for transplant on mechanical preservation devices.

The Transplant Recovery Specialist may facilitate acceptance or refusal of donor organs for transplant. This person may coordinate the organ recovery process with the transplant surgeons, organ and tissue donation team, histocompatibility lab and communicates effectively with patients receiving the organ. May be required to complete regulatory required forms and data collection. Participates in on-call rotation and community outreach events.


  • Graduation from college with a major in an applicable natural science or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must have applicable certification/licensure as surgical tech, EMT, or LVN.

  • One to two years of experience as a surgical technician, EMT or LVN (with applicable certification or licensure).

  • Ability to safely and accurately prepare and administer medications and fluids used for organ preservation.

  • Ability to use air transportation; fixed-wing and helicopter.

  • Ability to work with cadaveric donors. Proficient in aseptic and sterile techniques.

  • Knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.


  • Previous OPO Surgical Recovery experience.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Ability to work on-call, 24/7 work environment on a rotation basis

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UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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Payroll Title:



Heart Transplant

Salary Range

Commensurate with Experience


La Jolla

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EX Contract

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Work Schedule:

Days, 24 on call, Sunday-Saturday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.