Clinical Research Assistant

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Clinical Research Support Services


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 first 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 for 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 Research Assistant will conduct participant-centered research and administrative activities in support of the Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit (VTU), performing clinical tasks, supporting the conduct of research participant visits and sample collection, carrying out moderately complex research assignments, and assisting in study implementation.


The VTU Research Assistant will work under the direction of the VTU Operations Manager, with project-specific supervision by protocol-specific study coordinators.  Project and study-specific issues will be referred to the supervisor for support and and/or guidance as necessary. The position will involve work in multiple clinic locations, including at Fred Hutch’s main campus in South Lake Union and at Cabrini Medical Tower on First Hill. The position will require willingness to work with COVID-19 and HIV prevention modalities (vaccines, immunoprophylaxis, etc) as well as working in settings where individuals with active COVID-19 infection are seen for study visits.


A cover letter expressing your interest in this role is required for the application


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Schedule participants for study visits within protocol-required timeframes. Scheduling may occur in person or by phone/text/email, and may involve coordination with the research laboratory, the pheresis center, and/or other facilities (e.g. UW or Harborview).
  • Prepare clinician rooms, charts, blood collection supplies and requisitions as needed for specific protocols conducted by the VTU.  
  • Obtain and record clinical research data consistent with Good Clinical Practice, study sponsor and protocol requirements.
  • Prepare and coordinate laboratory specimens for delivery to various laboratories.
  • Maintain logs and records for shipping diagnostic and research samples.
  • Maintain clinical supplies and prepare locations for blood draws and protocol-specific procedures.
  • Conduct scribe activities for data collection in support of clinicians who are conducting study visits.
  • Monitor and provide calendar support for clinicians, pharmacy, and the research laboratory to communicate accurate real-time information about specimen collection and transport.
  • Work closely with other Research Assistants, Medical Assistants, and/or Clinic Assistants to provide adequate support coverage for research visits.  
  • Assist with maintaining participants’ charts and files.
  • Assist Data Lead with special data-related projects as needed.
  • Perform administrative duties: processing participants’ lab results, filing charts, updating materials in manuals and binders.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and other meetings as needed.
  • Follow and communicate via email (Outlook), MS Teams, texts and calls.
  • Assist Outreach Team with pre-screening activities for potential candidates for studies, and ordering supplies for recruitment and various community events.
  • Maintain training in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA), Blood-Borne Pathogens (BBP), Packaging and Shipping Diagnostic and Biological Samples, Human Subjects Protection (HSP), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and other trainings as required by study sponsors, Fred Hutch, and VTU Standard Operating Procedures.  


  • High school or equivalent diploma required. BS or BA degree preferred
  • Minimum of two years' relevant experience required. Experience in a clinical or laboratory setting preferred. In addition, new graduates with relevant course or project work are encouraged to apply.
  • Willingness to undergo phlebotomy training.
  • A high degree of organizational skill, logical thinking, and close attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work well in a team and with research study participants.
  • Computer skills – including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, ability to learn and use other online research tools.
  • Willingness to be flexible in working hours, including working some early mornings, occasional evenings and weekends.

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 or by calling 206-667-4700.


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