• Cell Therapy Lab Assistant Supervisor

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
    Allied Health
  • Overview

    The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education. 


    The Cellular Therapy Laboratory (CTL) at SCCA is responsible for all minimally manipulated therapeutic cell processing occurring at the SCCA for both standard therapies and clinical trials, including immunotherapies. Procedures range from cryopreservation and flow cytometric enumeration of cell proportions to more complex procedures such as cell selection, enrichment, and depletion.  The CTL is regulated by the FDA cGTP/cGMP standards, maintains College of American Pathologists (CAP) certification, and is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).


    The CTL Assistant Supervisor is a key position, responsible for joint supervision of cell processing operations and staff in the CTL and reporting to the CTL Manager. The position will also be responsible for cell processing assignments as the workload requires. The position works with a variety of personnel including lab and clinic staff, administration, cross-functional and cross-organizational working teams as well as external vendors and collaborators from biotechnology companies.


    The nature of this work is challenging and we are seeking a highly motivated individual with initiative, subject matter expertise, leadership and team work experience. The work requires mature judgment, decision-making capability and outstanding communication skills. Effective cross-functional collaboration with other departments at the SCCA, FHCRC and with external organizations is necessary to this position. This includes being comfortable and conversant with clinical issues: able to interact with clinical staff. Flexibility in scheduling is required; after-hours work may be a routine occurrence Some patient contact is required when assisting with thawing and infusion of cryopreserved cells.



    • Assign tasks to CTL Technologists, and adjust as needed, to ensure that all required lab functions are being performed, organized and distributed.
    • Ensure staff adhere to regulatory and operational procedures.
    • Address and resolve technical or procedural problems and advise technologists on the proper course of action.
    • Perform technologist and coordinator duties, as needed.
    • Orient, train, and teach laboratory personnel as the need arises.
    • Evaluate laboratory personnel for continued competency.
    • Staff management including goal setting, career growth plans and performance evaluations.
    • Manage/coach performance improvement as needed.
    • Assist in recruiting and hiring of laboratory personnel.
    • Perform chart review and facilitate chart discussions between lab staff and the Quality Assurance (QA) Department.
    • Enter and review operational variances and execute corrective and preventative actions in collaboration with the QA Department.
    • Create and revise standard operating procedures.
    • Assist in the development of new lab processes and the selection of new laboratory equipment and materials.
    • Lead validations and qualifications for equipment, materials and processes in collaboration with Cell Therapy Services (CTS) and Quality (QA) staff.
    • Assisting or contributing to projects that support Continuous Process Improvement (CPI).
    • Communicate with the Medical Director and Scientific Director to assist in review and approval of non-standard processes.
    • Represent the CTL at departmental and organizational meetings
    • Capability to fill in for lab management and act as a leader by example
    • Serve as Supervisor On-call, on a rotating basis, for issues that arise after-hours


    Education/ Experience Requirements


    • Baccalaureate degree with biological science major or medical technology with five years of experience in a clinical lab, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Knowledge of FDA, cGMP, cGTP requirements, CAP, FACT standards for cellular therapy
    • Lead lab technologist experience



    • A minimum of five years’ experience in a Cellular Therapy Laboratory.
    • Biotechnology or other industry scientific laboratory experience.
    • A minimum of two years’ supervisory experience in a clinical laboratory setting.
    • Hematology, oncology and/or immunology knowledgeCell-based immunotherapy knowledge or immunology knowledge
    • Cell-based immunotherapy knowledgeLean principles training
    • Extensive experience with  electronic lab information management systems such as Labware


    Critical Attributes

    • Exemplary communication skills, both written and oral
    • Mature judgment with strong decision making skills
    • Strong work ethic and initiative
    • Strong leadership skills
    • Excellent teamwork abilities and ethic
    • Low stress level
    • Collaborate, communicate and be accountable
    • Comfortable working and leading in a changing environment
    • Ability to identify and communicate priorities
    • Ability to read, understand and translate the science (theory and practice) to staff and visitors
    • Ability to navigate through, but not avoid, conflict
    • Ability to deal with complex problems and propose creative solutions
    • Desire to learn and to teach
    • Flexibility in schedule Highly motivated about science/research and SCCA’s mission to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, 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 escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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