• Technical Project Manager

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • 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.

    About the Gottardo Lab:

    The Gottardo Lab is a Research Lab within the Computational Biology department at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We develop bioinformatics tools for accessing and analyzing high-throughput biological data, such as RNA sequencing and flow cytometry data. You can read more about the lab at www.rglab.org. As a lab, we value inclusion and a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives to inform our work. Given these values, we strive to make our recruitment and promotion processes transparent, fair, and supportive. Therefore, we strongly encourage all individuals with interest in the position to apply.


    About the Role:

    The Technical Project Manager I will play a key role in the success of three projects focused on supporting immunological research. The larger two projects are web applications representing both an early-stage product still being defined as well as a mature application with 2000+ registered users (www.immunespace.org). The final project is a small data management and analysis service to external collaborators.

    These projects typically involve 1 to 3 bioinformatics analysts and software engineers from the Gottardo Lab and require collaboration with outside stakeholders at partner institutions. The Technical Project Manager I reports to the Principal Investigator for each project and will be mentored by a senior member of the lab as they come onboard and get up to speed.


    The ideal candidate will

    • Have a strong interest in science and belief in mission of Fred Hutch
    • Be self-motivated and comfortable working in a research or startup-like environment that requires proactive communication
    • Be Able to balance the needs of all stakeholders with a generous, direct, and non-aggressive approach
    • In cooperation with other team members, help bring best practices, improve existing processes and promote efficiency


    Project Management (75%)

    • Facilitate quarterly discussion with project team and Product Manager/PI to determine and prioritize major deliverables (software features / analyses) and document this in product roadmap.
    • Work directly with developers and analysts to build, refine, and deliver completed features and analyses to stakeholders within established deadlines from the product roadmap
    • Manage projects in accordance with agile / scrum methodology (e.g. groom sprint backlogs, plan and manage two-week sprints, and coordinate stakeholder review) using online task management tool (so).
    • Maintain and produce all project documentation, including meeting agendas, progress reports, issues log and presentations.
    • Support the PI in maintaining strong relationships with funding agencies through grant reporting, in-person presentations, and online updates.

    Communications (15%)

    • Drive increased user-engagement of software applications using effective communication and content in appropriate channels, such as monthly teleconference calls, blogs, twitter or LinkedIn posts.

    User Research (10%)

    • Develop usability tests, interviews, and surveys to gather feedback from stakeholders (software end users or scientific collaborators) to help inform product decisions and roadmap.
    • Use an online documentation tool (so) to create use case examples, low-fidelity wireframes and user workflows
    • Write functional specifications describing desired features and iterate with developers to design creative and practical solution


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
    • 1 to 2 years project management experience
    • Has led one software project to completion (feature or larger) with a team of 3 or more
    • Has worked in an agile-style environment
    • Has managed multiple projects at one time
    • Experience in facilitating and building consensus in an interdisciplinary team environment. Able to build successful working relationships with a wide variety of collaborators.
    • Demonstrated experience communicating with high-profile stakeholders in-person and via written correspondence


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Project management experience with products related to data analysis
    • Some user community management or user research experience, such as being first-line response for troubleshooting a technical product or performing usability testing.
    • Experience developing user-facing communications to promote a technical product or brand online (e.g. blogs, LinkedIn and twitter posts)
    • A background in the life sciences
    • Experience working in a startup or similarly early-stage organization

    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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