HVTN Laboratory Research Project Manager

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   


The Fred Hutch offers a vibrant intellectual environment within a beautiful lakeside campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union biotech hub. The Fred Hutch campus contains five major research buildings along with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and is in close proximity to major research partners such as the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the Allen Institute for Immunology.


The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Laboratory Center (led by Julie McElrath, PI and Director) in the Immunology & Vaccine Development Program of the Vaccine & Infectious Disease Division (VIDD) is dedicated to understanding human immune responses and mechanisms of vaccine-induced immune protection against HIV, SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious diseases, such as malaria, Ebola and tuberculosis.  The laboratory conducts cutting-edge research with high impact globally and provides data that informs vaccine development and immune correlates of vaccine-induced protection.  The Fred Hutch laboratory is one component of the HVTN Laboratory Center including highly collaborative laboratories at Duke University and in South Africa. 


The HVTN Lab Research Project Manager will be responsible for driving diverse, high profile investigations through the operational management of individual and collaborative laboratory studies within and outside of the HVTN Laboratory Program.  Activities include but are not limited to tracking project milestones, maintaining communications with investigators and HVTN leadership, coordinating regulatory reviews and legal agreements and other duties as required in support of the HVTN Program. 


The HVTN Lab Project Manager will work collaboratively and demonstrate the ability to efficiently manage dynamic timelines and priorities.  The position requires excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.  This position will report directly to the HVTN Laboratory Associate Director and be a key liaison for the HVTN Laboratory Center Principal Investigator/Director.


Perform some or all of the following responsibilities: 

  • Set project goals and timetables, ensuring that all research and administrative activities are completed.
  • Coordinate, plan and attend meetings, monitor activities to ensure objectives have been met within designated time frame, and coordinate follow-up activities.        
  • Serve as project/study liaison, representing the team to other Center departments, funding sources, affiliated individuals or institutions, and outside organizations.
  • Coordinate grant/contract application process and associated progress reports, writing portions of progress reports as required.          
  • Develop and monitor project/study budget, ensuring that all financial allocations and expenditures are in accordance with grant/contract guidelines and requirements. 
  • Coordinate space and equipment planning and utilization, evaluating current project/study needs, overseeing the acquisition of space and equipment, anticipating and planing for future needs.
  • Assist the investigator(s) in the design of project/study methods such as study subject selection and retention, data collection, and database management.
  • When applicable, coordinate the submission of study results and manuscripts for publication.
  • Performs other responsibilities as required.


  • BA/BS in related field required such as immunology or virology.
  • MBA, PhD or MD qualification preferred.
  • Minimum of five years post-master's or seven years post-bachelors related project/study management experience in a research setting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong supervisory skills and budgeting experience.
  • Grant and contract experience.
  • At least 3 years expertise with scientific project management with preferred experience with international clinical trial design and operations.
  • Good understanding of HIV and related infectious diseases.

Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment. 


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


Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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 hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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