Laboratory Protocol Coordinator I-II, HVTN/CoVPN

(Ref#: 22246)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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  • Full Time

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.

At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Laboratory Center is part of an international collaboration of scientists and educators searching for an effective and safe HIV vaccine. The HVTN’s mission is to facilitate the process of testing preventive vaccines against HIV/AIDS. The organization conducts all phases of clinical trials from evaluating experimental vaccines for safety and the ability to stimulate immune responses to testing vaccine efficacy. The Laboratory Center is responsible for carrying out the scientific agenda of the HVTN in determining by laboratory-based studies which vaccine regimens should be advanced for efficacy trials and show promise for licensure. This effort includes leading a number of working groups, committees, specimen repository oversight, assay performance and quality assurance. The HVTN Laboratory Center now plays a similar role in the Coronavirus Prevention Network (CoVPN), evaluating COVID-19 vaccines and conducting observational studies.

The Laboratory Protocol Coordinator I-II is an experienced contributor and will coordinate and support the laboratory studies for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and Coronavirus Prevention Network protocols (clinical trials). The incumbent works under the direction of the Laboratory Protocol Operations Supervisor. The Laboratory Protocol Coordinator will participate in HVTN conference calls and meetings, prepare written reports and oral presentations, and as necessary, assist with grant applications. They will coordinate with Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP), protocol teams, clinical trial sites and study sponsors on protocol operations, data transfer, analysis and presentations.

  • Responsibilities
  • Represent the HVTN/CoVPN Laboratory Center on protocol teams. Establish immunological assays and corresponding specimen needs for each study. Contribute to completion and maintenance of central assay plan.
  • Serve as lab protocol liaison to other protocol team members, Center departments, funding sources, affiliated individuals or institutions, and outside organizations.
  • Prepare operational plans for specimen collection and processing at the clinical research sites. Create and maintain study materials for laboratory-related procedures, including instructions and documents for the clinics and processing laboratories.
  • Contribute to case report form designs.
  • Prepare and maintain laboratory study cost estimates.
  • Participate in HVTN conference calls and meetings.
  • Troubleshoot operational details of protocols with HVTN and SCHARP groups.
  • Provide ongoing consultation on protocol laboratory related issues to protocol teams, network partners, sponsors and internal partners.
  • Monitor and work with sites, including providing training, to ensure quality specimen collection and handling


Laboratory Protocol Coordinator I - Master's degree with 1 year or Bachelor's degree with 2 years' experience with expertise in human clinical trials, immunology and/or virology

Laboratory Protocol Coordinator II - Master's degree with 2 years' or Bachelor's degree with 4 years' experience with expertise in human clinical trials, immunology and/or virology

  • Excellent written and oral communication is required.
  • Experience in HIV-1 or SIV/macaque models a plus. Prior experience as a project manager, laboratory technician, medical technologist or research associate a plus
  • Background in laboratory assays such as, ELISA, T and B cell flow cytometry, antibody neutralization, pathogen genome sequencing, HIV diagnostics or pre-clinical trials can be beneficial.
  • Experience with MS Office. Experience with MS Project preferred.
  • Strong background in collaborative team leadership and project completion.
  • Work under minimal supervision, and ability to create and manage project schedules, including tasks, deliverables, milestones and schedules.
  • Experience with GLPs and GCPs, CLIA and/or other laboratory certifications a plus.

Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.

As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.

Education Requirement:
Masters Degree
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