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Laboratory Protocol Coordinator I, HVTN

Laboratory Protocol Coordinator I, HVTN

Job ID 
10258
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Company 
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Location 
US-WA-Seattle
Category 
Clinical Research Support Services

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Overview

Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

 

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Laboratory Program 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 Program 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.

Responsibilities

The Laboratory Protocol Coordinator will coordinate and support the laboratory studies for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) protocols (clinical trials). The incumbent works under the direction of the Laboratory Protocol Operations Manager. 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.  S/he 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. 

 

MAJOR DUTIES

  1. Represent the HVTN Laboratory Program on protocol teams.  Establish immunological assays and corresponding specimen needs for each study. Serve as lab protocol liaison to other protocol team members, Center departments, funding sources, affiliated individuals or institutions, and outside organizations.  Give presentations within the Center or at conferences as necessary.  Participate in HVTN conference calls and meetings. Prepare written reports and oral presentations, assisting with grant applications as necessary.
  2. Prepare operational plans for specimen collection and processing at the clinical research sites.  Create study materials for laboratory-related procedures, including instructions and documents for the clinics and processing laboratories. Contribute towards case report form designs.
  3. Prepare laboratory study cost estimates.
  4. Support/facilitate the establishment of work processes and communications between network immunogenicity laboratories and interdisciplinary work groups. Write work practice guidelines as needed.
  5. Track protocol development, enrollment, and coordinate laboratory evaluations. Coordinate laboratory data transfer, analysis and review processes.
  6. Troubleshoot operational details of protocols with HVTN and SCHARP groups.
  7. Contribute to the development, interpretation and administration of lab protocol procedures according to regulatory, organizational, IRB, grant/contract and Center specifications as needed.
  8. Carry out complex responsibilities in support of the lab protocol.
  9. Contribute to grant/contract application and renewal process, writing portions of grants/contracts as required.   

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS with 3 years or BS with 5 years of full time work experience with expertise in human clinical trials, immunology and/or virology required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication is required.
  • Experience with MS Office is required.
  • Strong background in collaborative team leadership and project completion required.
  • Work under minimal supervision, and ability to create and manage project schedules, including tasks, deliverables, milestones and schedules.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in HIV-1 or SIV/macaque models a plus. Experience with other in-vivo studies is also advantageous.
  • Experience with MS Project preferred.
  • Experience with GLPs and GCPs, CLIA and/or other laboratory certifications a plus.