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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.
This position will provide coordination to the SAN Coordinating Center which addresses a critical need for Fred Hutch and partnering institutions to ensure investigators have access to a range of specimens, associated clinical data, large datasets and other scarce research resources to support the development of competitive grant applications and completion of their current research endeavors. The objective is to spur further innovation that places the Fred Hutch at the forefront of this novel locally international network, with potential for expansion across the US and to other countries, to increase collaborative funding opportunities and support scientific advancement.
To provide reliable and cost-effective access to high-quality human tissue, blood, other body fluid samples, associated clinical and specimen annotation data, and large-scale data sets to drive forward health sciences research. The network coordinating center provides quality customer service and a streamlined, efficient method for identifying and requesting specimens and/or data from network partners.
Coordinating/streamlining specimen and data access for research
Enable contributing biobanks/biospecimen procurement and data resources from partner organizations to increase awareness and utilization of their available resources
Sharing best practices and keeping up with national and international trends
This role will report directly to the Network Advisor within the division of Research Administration.
Our coordinating center will promote cross-talk between our network partners and supports researchers before, during, and after specimen acquisition and data generation/procurement. These supportive services are catered toward clarifying necessary paperwork, logistics, and processes while also pointing toward expert advice, best practices, process workflows, and other valuable resources. Providing these services reduces the time investment needed by an individual researcher and gives them more time to focus on making their next big discovery.
Core Job Functions
Assist the Directors to create agendas, plan for Governance Committee meetings and other SAN events
Track, document and respond to all data and specimen requests, feedback from collaborators and those exploring the SAN platform and initiative
Develop and maintain guidelines (recommendations/regulations) to advise researchers on data use or specimen use, depending on research context and in response to investigator needs
Includes connecting researchers with subject matter experts as needed in response to technical needs
Follow up on use of specimens and data exchanged within the network (annual reporting on impact/use)
Work with customers to ensure reporting of scientific impact (including acknowledgement on and information about resulting publications, grants, trials, etc.)
Provide access to SOPs/best practices for specimen collection and management to partner organizations
Assist in development of and carry out education and outreach activities about services and shared knowledge available through the coordinating center
Other tasks and activities as needed and assigned
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of best practices and guidelines to advise faculty with related questions
Draft documents (protocols, consents etc.)
Refresh, as needed, reference docs to ensure compliance (HIPAA, GINA, CFR, ISBER etc.) with all current guidelines/best practices (in conjunction with key stakeholders and governance committee members)
Provide a point of contact for faculty who have questions relating to study set-up, data collection/tracking, data-sharing, specimen use, etc. at any point in the research lifecycle
This requires using the knowledge outlined above, learnings derived over time through serving in this role, and sharing from experience of other researchers
With this knowledge, begin to develop recommendations/best practices and mechanisms for sharing, as relevant
Assist in larger specimen acquisition/data management community across the nation to share best practices, engage learning and develop strategic partnerships
Other tasks and activities as needed and assigned
BA/BS in related field required. Minimum of 5 years post-bachelor's or 3 years post-master's of directly related experience to the healthcare or research field
Strong analytical abilities and problem-solving skills
Experience managing multiple projects from inception through closure
Problem-solver and ability to jump in and help as needed
Flexibility and adaptability
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, complex environment
Strong communications skills
A Cover Letter and separate Diversity Statement is required of all applicants to be considered for this role. Please see the link below for instructions on how to complete your diversity statement
Masters level or higher
Laboratory or research experience working with biospecimens/biospecimen data
Experience generating and/or managing genomic data
Ability to take initiative and use sound and independent judgment in carrying out responsibilities and managing shifting priorities
Outstanding interpersonal skills
Ability to think critically, work independently, and act as a team member
Positive attitude and sense of humor
Basic knowledge of clinical and research terminology
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 candidates for this position.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 206-667-4700.
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.