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Since 2001, Fred Hutch has led an array of distinctive research activities in partnership with colleagues in South Africa to accelerate the development of a preventive HIV vaccine and improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases worldwide. In 2013, Fred Hutch opened the state-of-the-art Cape Town HVTN Immunology Laboratory to serve as a base for HIV vaccine trials in South Africa. The HIV Vaccine Trials Network, or HVTN, a Hutch-based international collaboration of scientists and educators, opened two major trials in 2016 to test strategies for preventing HIV infection, including a study of a candidate vaccine which, if shown to be at least 50 percent protective, could become the worlds first licensed HIV vaccine.
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This position is responsible for monitoring all specimen activities for the laboratory including specimen requests, tracking, receipt, inventory and shipping. This position will also assist with laboratory procurement, inventory management, equipment management and other laboratory work as needed. Responsibilities include:
Sample Management and Repository Work with the CHIL Repository Technician and Laboratory Manager to:
Receive, store and ship clinical specimens in accordance with regulations (i.e. IATA), Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP), and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
Track specimens and store laboratory samples using a computerized LIMS system and work with system programmers to maintain the inventory database
Pull specimens as needed for laboratory assays
Assist with repository audits as needed
Sample Processing and Laboratory Assays
Receive, process, and store research specimens following established SOPs. Sample processing will involve blood processing for peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), serum, plasma, as well as other blood processing or processing of other sample types
Assist with thawing and counting of specimens as needed
Work with the Laboratory Manager to coordinate repairs and service of lab equipment (e.g., pipettes) and assist with obtaining quotes and purchasing of equipment and ensuring the equipment inventory is up to date
Provide support for laboratory inventory management, assisting with purchasing of laboratory supplies and reagents, working with the inventory database and supporting continuous improvement processes
Assist Quality Assurance Associate with review of laboratory documentation as needed
Share on-call duties with lab personnel to respond to equipment alarms in a timely manner after normal work hours (off-hours)
Contribute to the development of the laboratory environment (e.g. laboratory safety)
May support additional laboratory work, facilities, and administrative work as needed
Follow lab protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs); conduct all work according to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) guidelines and auditable-standards, ensuring accurate and timely reporting and record keeping
Attend and participate in appropriate laboratory meetings
Other duties, as required
Laboratory Technician diploma/certificate 5+ years of experience in a routine or research laboratory setting
Experience with Specimen Processing (especially PBMC processing) and LIMS systems strongly preferred
Experience working under GCLP guidelines desired
Experience in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Outlook and Excel desired
Meticulous attention to detail
Good numeracy, literacy and organizational skills
Ability to follow lab protocols and Standard Operating Procedures
Experience with computerized systems for labs
Good communication skills and an interest in learning
Good interpersonal and time management skills and ability to work in a team
Willingness to be flexible in working hours, including working evenings and weekends as needed
Motivation and adaptability with a keen interest in the HIV field
Ability to lift 20kg
Experience working with LN2 and ultralow freezers will be given preference
Completion of IATA shipping certification is required during the first six months
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.