Biospecimen Coordinator - Cancer Prevention Program

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Job Location
Seattle, WA
Job Description

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 and largest 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.

This position will work under the supervision of the Project Manager and Principal Investigator and function as the main Biospecimen Coordinator for a research program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This research program includes multiple, large, NIH-funded epidemiology projects that focus on research on cancer genetics, etiology, screening, and survival in colorectal cancer and other chronic diseases. The Data Coordinator II will be responsible for the maintenance, organization, and new collection of scientific biospecimens, such as blood, saliva, and tissue, from research participants. This will also include reviewing and entering pathology reports, coordinating lab work, sending and receiving samples from collaborating studies, and updating tracking databases. The employee will work closely with the research team. This is an exciting position, ideal for someone with some biology or clinical background, who would like to apply their knowledge to a dynamic public health research setting.

- This position is currently 75% FTE but has the potential of increasing to 100% FTE based on funding.

- A Cover letter detailing your interest in the position is STRONGLY preferred-
- Prepare and send the necessary materials for the collection of saliva, tissue, and blood samples and informed consent documents from research participants. This includes the tracking and follow-up of biospecimen collection and coordinating the calls to study participants with interview staff.
- Oversee the requesting, receiving, and returning of tissue blocks from medical institutions.
- Coordinate the processing and storage of all incoming biospecimens including tissue sectioning, saliva and blood kits, and DNA extractions.
- Request and abstract related pathology reports.
- Pull, prepare, and invoice biospecimen dispatch requests, ensuring compliance procedures are complete.
- Act as study liaison and contact person for issues pertaining to biospecimen-related tasks. This includes communicating with different labs across Fred Hutch, collaborating institutions and investigators, and occasionally research participants.
- Update and manage research databases for accurate tracking of biospecimens and consent forms.
- Perform maintenance and monitoring on all study freezers.
- Oversee and organize the biospecimen inventory as needed.
- Maintain all protocols, standard operating procedures (SOPs), study instruments, and interviewer training materials pertaining to biospecimen collection, processing, and storage; keeping them current and up-to-date. Develop new protocols and study materials as needed and requested.
- Conduct data entry and effective quality control procedures.
- Assist with IRB documentation related to biospecimens and biorepositories.
- Maintain participant confidentiality by following all relevant federal, institutional, and study guidelines and research protocols.
- Attend meetings with the research team.
- Participate in the monthly Biospecimen Working Group call.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- A Cover letter detailing your interest in the position is STRONGLY preferred-

- BA/BS degree or RRA (Registered Records Administrator), ART (Accredited Records Technician), or two year degree in the medical field
- Minimum of two years experience in program specialty, medical records, or a related field
- Proficiency with general office skills (i.e. proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook software; filing; telephone and email etiquette)
- This position is ideal for someone with a biology or clinical background, who would like to apply their knowledge to a public health research setting.

- MPH/MS degree preferred
- Experience using and managing databases is a plus
- Previous experience with Biospecimens is STRONGLY preferred

Key Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team
- Willingness to take initiative on a variety of tasks of varying complexity
- Highly dependable
- Excellent attention to detail
- Strong organizational skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication.
- Occassional off-site and weekend hours expected.

If interested, please apply online at

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