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Project Coordinator, Center for Accelerated Translation in Pancreas Cancer

at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Posted: 10/30/2019
Job Reference #: 14249

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  • Job ID
    Regular Part-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Laboratory Research Sciences
  • Overview

    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 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.

    The Project Coordinator, Center for Accelerated Translation in Pancreas Cancer (CATPAC) is responsible for day-to-day coordination of clinical and preclinical studies under the direction of the PI and the Hingorani Translational Research Program Manager. This part-time position represents an excellent opportunity for an experienced, highly motivated individual with a passion for research to work and learn in a dynamic scientific environment while addressing important problems relevant for the successful treatment of cancer.

    The Project Coordinator will be primarily responsible for the operations of our pancreas cancer biorepository program and other pancreas cancer research team studies. This will involve implementing study processes, assisting with protocol development, coordinating collections and shipments, assuring adherence to regulatory guidelines and maintaining study records. This position will define and implement best practices for data and materials management and will also conduct literature reviews to assist in determining most suitable methods to be used in team projects.


    • Maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the CATPAC pancreas biorepository and ensure program compliance with SOPs
    • Coordinate operations of the biorepository project and assist with resource planning
    • Prepare study templates and documentation for collection and distribution of specimens; ensure regulatory compliance
    • Manage priorities for a team of data coordinators responsible for consent, collection and day-to-day collection activities
    • Manage specimen distribution process; pickup at UW Medical Center and courier samples to their destinations and/or coordinate pickup and distribution with the assistance of on-call staff
    • Manage protocol modifications and annual reporting requirements
    • As needed, review medical records to ascertain study eligibility and consent study subjects to biorepository protocol
    • May attend clinic visits when appropriate to provide education about study requirements
    • Coordinate and ensure quality of clinical data abstraction
    • Identify and communicate procedural problems
    • Create and maintain project web sites
    • Regularly communicate status to team
    • Manage project databases and tracking tools; maintain knowledge of database definitions and usage and work with programmers to modify as needed
    • Monitor project/study expenses and prepare financial reports
    • Serve as a point of contact for protocol procedures, data and specimen collection requirements and other study related operations
    • Support multiple projects in varied environments with frequently competing deadlines and changing priorities
    • Perform other duties as assigned


    • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a biological field
    • Minimum of three years of experience in a clinical or laboratory research setting
    • Experience managing projects from inception through closure
    • Excellent problem-solving skills with ability to grasp details of situation quickly and volunteer and facilitate solutions
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Must be highly organized with the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
    • Excellent critical thinking with ability to synthesize a large amount of information and anticipate needs
    • Demonstrated ability to quickly and independently learn new technologies
    • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and data management tools
    • Must be flexible and quickly adapt to changing priorities
    • Ability to work independently and efficiently under pressure
    • Occasional nights and/or weekends will be required

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