• Medical Assistant/Research Assistant - 0.5 FTE

    Job ID
    Regular Part-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Nursing and Nursing Support
  • 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 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 Prevention Center is seeking a Certified Medical Assistant to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team performing clinical and laboratory procedures for research protocols, as well as administrative tasks, such as form development, sample label production, box mapping and freezer maintenance. Work responsibly, accurately and independently under the supervision of the Prevention Center Research Clinic management. Perform multiple tasks under multiple research protocols with precision. This position requires daily interaction with study participants, physicians, and other health care personnel. Ability to work a variable scheduled is desired.


    NOTE: This is a part-time position, 20 hrs/week. Hours can be flexible if desired.


    • Perform in accordance with research protocols delegated functions and procedures which are at an MA level. This may include such procedures as blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, anthropometrics, serial blood draws, and other common measurements. Assessment of values within normal range and reporting abnormalities to supervisor
    • Demonstrated proficiency in phlebotomy and vein assessment under Fred Hutch/OSHA regulations, and understand protocol requirements to determine order in which tubes should be drawn
    • Must complete training to become a certified DEXA imaging operator and perform scans independently
    • Review invitations and requests for appointments from research teams and confirm as appropriate. Must determine appointment time requirements, procedures required by each invitation, and clinic staffing during that time
    • Collect and process blood, urine, and biopsy specimens according to specific research protocol, OSHA and Fred Hutch requirements and regulations. Process and store specimens in designated locations accurately
    • Understand and conduct sterile technique protocols when required
    • Assist MD investigators and staff Physician Assistant in biopsy procedures and pelvic exams
    • Assist exercise specialists with graded exercise testing
    • Pull identified specimens from -80 degree freezer for shipment to study designated laboratories with accuracy
    • Package specimens for shipment according to Fred Hutch protocols including contact with the receiving lab and documenting confirmation of receipt
    • Client freezer chart changing and maintenance according to Laboratory protocol
    • Acting as contact person in the event of freezer malfunction
    • Create blood collection forms and labels according to study needs
    • Assemble blood collection and processing setups and maintain study inventories
    • Maintain, track, and order laboratory and clinic room supplies
    • Effective and appropriate communication skills and professional behavior
    • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with changing priorities, including potential cardiac arrest protocols


    • MA-C license in the state of Washington
    • BLS and ACLS certified
    • Expertise and certification in phlebotomy with a minimum of two years MA experience
    • Experience with elderly and cancer patients especially helpful
    • Experience in blood/urine specimen processing, and “buffy coat” separation in a research setting is preferred
    • Intermediate computer skills in Word and Excel required
    • Must have excellent communication skills and bedside manner
    • Must be able to multi-task quickly, but still maintain a high level of accuracy and precision. Attention to detail is required
    • Able to navigate within all levels of a complex research organization and respond positively to changing priorities
    • Must remain composed under pressure and meet deadlines


    NOTE: This is a part-time position, 20 hrs/week. Hours can be flexible if desired.

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    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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