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Nurse Practitioner, Seattle VTU (Vaccine Trials Unit)

Nurse Practitioner, Seattle VTU (Vaccine Trials Unit)

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Regular Part-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Nursing and Nursing Support

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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 Seattle VTU, led by Principal Investigator, Julie McElrath, is a clinical trial center focused on vaccine research for infectious diseases including HIV and Malaria. We conduct phase I, II, and III clinical trials designed to test the safety and efficacy of vaccines and other investigational products.  Located on Capitol Hill, the VTU is a joint research program between the FHCRC and the University of Washington. Since 1987, the Seattle VTU has worked with local community members who are interested in participating in vaccine clinical trials and has provided infectious disease education to the local community.  As a clinical trial unit, the VTU is responsible for the recruitment, selection, and enrollment of local volunteers, immunization and clinical monitoring of the clinical trial participants, and manages follow-up care for trial participants.


We are looking for an hourly (estimate 12 – 18 hours/week) clinical research nurse practitioner on an as needed basis for a period of at least 1 year. The primary focus of the Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner is screening potential study participants, as well as conducting mucosal biopsy visits and procedures. The Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner will work under the supervision of the Principal Investigator as part of a clinical research team including the VTU physicians, other clinicians, and other unit personnel. The position requires the performance of responsibilities with a high level of independence within the scope of study protocol(s) and guidelines.


Major duties:

  1. Determine patient study eligibility, obtain informed consent, and initiate patient randomization and enrollment in research studies in accordance with regulatory and GCP guidelines and institutional policy including:
  • Provide a complete explanation of a study to potential volunteers so as to obtain an informed consent.
  • Record and evaluate medical, social and sexual histories.
  • Draw blood for screening labs and interpret the results for inclusion/exclusion criteria for our studies as well as for medical follow-up if needed.
  • Provide pre and post HIV test counseling.
  • Provide risk reduction counseling for the prevention of HIV, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Provide pregnancy prevention counseling for women, including contraceptive counseling as needed
  • Perform complete physical exams on male and female volunteers.
  • Follow the complete study protocol for each participant visit.
  1. Help to maintain the compliance of volunteers to their study regimen.
  2. Maintain appropriate source documentation, and complete case report forms. Compile and present status reports to Principal Investigator (PI), clinical research team, and sponsors.
  3. Provide various forms of health education to study volunteers and provide appropriate referrals to community medical, social, substance abuse and mental health programs if needed.
  4. Collect and assemble data for various research studies.
  5. Perform clinical procedures including vital signs, vaccine administration, blood draws and complete physical exams (including pelvic exams).
  6. Perform mucosal biopsy procedures including collection of vaginal, cervical, and rectal biopsy samples.
  7. Identify, assess, and report adverse events in accordance with protocol and regulatory guidelines and institutional policy. For designated protocols, assist the PI and/or protocol team with protocol development, revision, and study analysis.  


Washington State certified ARNP, PA, or PA-C.  A minimum of one year of clinical research is strongly preferred.  Previous experience in clinical data collection is preferred.  Strong written and verbal communication skills including computer skills, proficiency with MS Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint are essential.  

Job Type:   Part time position/hourly, flexible. Will require some early morning/evening hours.

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