Specimen Processing Associate Director

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Staff Scientist


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 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 Associate Director, Specimen Processing Lab (SPL) with assistance from Laboratory Manager and Leads, is responsible for overseeing all specimen processing and related laboratory services in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.


Under the general direction of AVP, Shared Resources, the Associate Director position is responsible for moderate to complex decision making in the operation of SPL. This position requires regulatory and clinical specimen processing expertise to ensure all samples are processed in accordance with appropriate regulations and study parameters. This position is expected to interact directly with study teams during all critical periods of study activity. This role directs training and education of staff and users as pertains to SPL.  


Essential Duties

  • Oversee all operations of clinical research specimen processing laboratory including the planning, directing, and evaluating of laboratory activities and ensuring compliance with all pertinent regulations, including those of Food and Drug Administration
  • Provide outward-facing contact in cross-functional organizational and planning meetings to ensure seamless use of SPL from study start up through to study sample processing, data management, and sample shipment
  • Work with the SPL team and Quality Assurance Coordinator to develop and expand quality control and quality assurance assessments, process improvement procedures, and training and education programs for staff and user base
  • Account for accuracy in data input and tracking in the sample management system for all relevant clinical research sample information
  • Effectively communicate all sample management affairs as needed and provide data, reports, and documentation as requested
  • Assist in the financial oversight of shared resource including rate setting, metrics, and goals
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5 years in a management role in clinical or research specimen processing laboratory
  • Strong organization skills to prioritize and manage the increasing complexity of clinical research trials samples
  • Knowledge of applicable regulatory and compliance regulations
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills including ability to support and mentor staff
  • Proven analytic and problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work collaboratively
  • Knowledge of quality control and quality assurance principles and laboratory processes
  • Knowledge of adult training methods and teaching skills
  • Familiarity with clinical data platforms (EPIC, OnCore, REDCap, etc.)



  • Master's or higher-level degree
  • 7 years in a management role in clinical or research specimen processing laboratory
  • ASCP Certification or Qualification (QBRS)
  • ACRP Certification
  • AMT Certification 

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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