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Research Coordinator

Research Coordinator

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences

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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 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 Research Coordinator will work on projects evaluating HIV and other viral infections in cohorts of Kenyan children. These projects include studies of several historic mother-child birth cohorts, as well as accrual of a new cohort in Kenya and involve collaborations between research scientists at Fred Hutch, the University of Washington and the University of Nairobi. The Research Coordinator will have experience in both epidemiology and molecular biology as this position requires both study coordination and laboratory skills. The position is based in Seattle, with travel to Kenya.


  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Assist in study design and protocol development
  • Develop data collection tools and data management
  • Prepare and submit materials for ethical review boards at University of Washington and in Kenya
  • Organize and lead weekly calls between the Seattle and Kenya teams
  • Travel to Kenya to set up a study cohort and conduct trainings
  • Program data collection tools on an Open Data Kit (ODK) platform
  • Prepare and maintain databases of patient samples and document sample processing
  • Inventory, track and ship specimens
  • Plan and conduct laboratory experiments at the bench
  • Prepare reports and presentations
  • Prepare and maintain laboratory reagents, stocks, cultures or cell lines
  • Operate analytical instruments
  • Maintain laboratory records and compile data on experiments and assays
  • Interpret and report on experimental results
  • Data analysis, figure preparation and manuscript writing
  • Organize and multi-task to help with other projects when needed


This position plays a key role in the coordination and management of research activities. This position also requires the ability to compile and synthesize key information from the literature as well as provide input on appropriate study design, methods, and analysis. In addition to experience in epidemiology, this position requires laboratory experience in virology or immunology.

  • Master’s degree in public health plus 2+ years of research experience or PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, Pathobiology or related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience in molecular biology, virology or immunology
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Excellent judgement and interpersonal skills with proven ability for effective cross-cultural communication
  • Ability to travel to Kenya for substantial periods of time
  • Basic laboratory skills, including cell culture, PCR and sequencing methods
  • Previous independent research experience in an HIV laboratory, including BSL 2 Tissue Culture work is a plus
  • Computer skills with knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint (or similar software)
  • Fluency in analysis and coding with statistical software packages (Stata, SAS, etc.)
  • Schedule flexibility to accommodate early morning or evening meetings with filed office time zones

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