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The Uganda Cancer Institute/Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance (“UCI/HCCA”) is a collaborative undertaking that has established a state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facility located in Kampala, Uganda. The activities carried out by the Hutchinson Center in Uganda in support of this alliance are performed under the auspices of the Hutchinson Centre Research Institute of Uganda (“HCRI-Uganda” or “HCRI-Ug”). A primary objective of the collaboration between the Global Oncology Program at the Hutchinson Center and the Uganda Cancer Institute is the development of innovative, low-cost cancer prevention and treatment strategies that are appropriate for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The UCI/HCCA also has a strong focus on ameliorating the high burden of infection-related cancers in LMICs. Clinicians and scientists at the UCI/HCCA work together to enhance patient access to care, diagnosis, and research-based treatment. In addition to the UCI/HCCA, the Hutchinson Center’s Global Oncology Program supports research activities in several other countries, which collectively carry out the mission of the Program to conduct high-quality research and capacity-building on an international scale.
This individual will serve as a Biorepository Technician for the Global Oncology Program’s laboratory operations which operates at the UCI – Fred Hutch Cancer Centre (“UCI – FHCC”), a 25,000-square foot cancer research and treatment building on Mulago Hill in Kampala that opened in May 2015. The laboratory facilities of the UCI – FHCC are primarily located on the third floor of the building and include a Specimen Processing Lab, Molecular Diagnostics Lab, Histopathology Lab and BSL2+ Lab. There is also dedicated space on the third floor for a future Immunology Lab.
The Employee will serve and train under the immediate supervision of the Laboratory Director and will be based in Seattle full-time. The incumbent will report to the Laboratory Director. The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to manage and ensure the proper functioning of all daily activities within the Global Oncology’s biorepository on the Seattle side and work cohesively with the Laboratory Data Coordinator in Kampala for the HCRI-Ug. Additionally, they are expected to organize, receive and QC/QA all shipments for samples and reagents going between the two sites under the supervision of the Laboratory Director. The Biorepository Technician will act as a liaison between the Laboratory Director and the study teams, the Fred Hutch research cell bank and Freezer Farm along with collaborators in regard to responsibility for all samples that are accrued and banked with the Global Oncology Program. The position will require the individual to be knowledgeable in all laboratory activities as well as other project activities that pertain to the laboratory and its scientific development and GCLP and biobanking. The individual may be required to assist the Laboratory Director in teaching new technicians, visiting scientists and students in laboratory practices pertaining to the repository.
In addition to the Global Oncology Program, the Biorepository Technician will spend at least 40 percent of their time with the Warren Laboratory in the Immunology Department which is a part of the Clinical Research Division. This role will be similar to assisting with the Warren Laboratory’s biorepository, shipping and receiving and act as a liaison between the Warren Laboratory and the UW study teams, the Fred Hutch research cell bank and Freezer Farm along with collaborators in regard to responsibility for all samples that are accrued and banked with the laboratory’s ongoing studies.
A bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences and laboratory bench research experience are required. Experience with cell culture techniques, and blood processing is preferred. The technician must show initiative, the willingness to take up new skills and responsibilities, and be a team player. Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work independently are essential to success in this position, as are good communication and organizational skills. Salary will be commensurate with (appropriate) experience.