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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.
Under the direction of the HVTN Associate Director for Laboratory Operations and the HVTN QA/QC Project Manager, the QA/QC (Quality Assurance & Quality Control) Associate will be responsible for participating in the development, implementation and maintenance of quality assurance systems and activities related to all aspects the Seattle HVTN Immunological Endpoint Assay and Specimen Processing Laboratories. This will include but is not limited to the duties described below.
In addition, the QA/QC Associate will work collaboratively with the central HVTN Quality Assurance Program. This includes interacting with QA mangers at network laboratories to help ensure compliance with HVTN procedures and DAIDS GCLP guidelines. Central QA activities will include but are not limited to: