Associate Director of Vaccine Immunology Statistical Center (VISC) Operations

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


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The Gottardo Lab is looking for an Associate Director of Vaccine Immunology Statistical Center (VISC) Operations.


Led by Dr. Raphael Gottardo, the VISC partners with world-class research programs to tackle global public health initiatives in infectious disease. The VISC operates within two global research networks: the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) and the Global Health Vaccine Accelerator Platforms (GH-VAP). The VISC has additional dedication to open science exemplified by their DataSpace web application.


The CAVD is an international network of scientists and experts dedicated to designing a variety of novel HIV vaccine candidates and advancing the most promising candidates to clinical trials.  The GH-VAP supports laboratory and clinical research to accelerate vaccine discovery and translation related to non-HIV infectious diseases, including COVID-19, TB, and malaria.

The Associate Director of VISC Operations oversees operations for the VISC and related projects and reports directly to the VISC principal investigator (PI).  The Associate Director provides day-to-day management of the work, is responsible for relationship management among internal and external stakeholders, and serves as the PI’s representative when needed.


The Associate Director will be a member of the VISC Leadership Team and will significantly contribute to the formulation and implementation of strategic decisions of the network.  The Associate Director is expected to establish and maintain strong, positive, and productive relationships among Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology (BBE) faculty, Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP) leadership and staff, external partners, and the sponsor.  The Associate Director will provide fiscal oversight and make day-to-day management decisions regarding the work supported by the VISC.  The Associate Director will also be responsible for direct management of a junior project manager and will provide guidance and mentorship for SCHARP staff.


  • Provide leadership, strategic planning, fiscal oversight, and make management decisions for the work supported by the VISC and related grants
  • Serve as an active member on the VISC Leadership Team along with the PI, and other objective leads
  • Represent the VISC at internal and external meetings as needed
  • Participate in meetings and discussions with other Strategic Alliance members and represent VISC and its interests
  • Manage existing relationships with key stakeholders and establish working relationships with new collaborators and partners
  • Engage and support faculty charging to the VISC grant.  Establish ongoing relationships with faculty and ensure there is open communication about resources and general awareness between the faculty and the PI of work being supported by the grant.
  • Collaborate with SCHARP functional managers to assign and prioritize work to match with network strategic goals
  • Oversee relationships with contractors and vendors providing services to the VISC. Ensure work is completed on time and within allowed budgets.
  • Performs all management tasks, to include hiring, training, workload prioritization and allocation, discipline, termination, and evaluation of direct reports
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to junior project managers and other SCHARP staff
  • Defines and manages scope of work, timelines, and resources associated with new projects, or deliverables
  • Oversee budgets. Review budgets and effort allocation monthly with the VIDD Finance Department to ensure that effort matches appropriately with the work being done. Investigate unexpected charges and escalate/engage with others as appropriate. 
  • Contribute to preparation of grant applications and annual progress reports, providing guidance to the VIDD Finance Department for budgeting purposes and contributing scientific descriptions of how the aims of the grant were or will be implemented
  • Lead or participate in SCHARP committees and working groups
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Bachelor's degree in statistics, immunology or vaccine/laboratory-research related field; Master's or PhD preferred
  • Minimum of five years of management experience with demonstrated progressively increasing scope of responsibilities
  • Experience working with complex groups within a research and laboratory research environment
  • Strong leadership, to include communication, organization, negotiation, and interpersonal skills expected, coupled with proven ability to manage competing priorities and timelines
  • Strong written and verbal communication and management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build successful working relationships with relevant collaborators
  • Resource and personnel management, budget oversight, and grant writing desired


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

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