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Cell Therapy Specialist III

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance - 825 Eastlake Ave E   Seattle   WA

Posted 57 days ago

Salary: Not Disclosed

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Overview

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 Cellular Therapy Lab (CTL) at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is on the cutting edge of new technologies for cancer therapy, including cell-based immunotherapy. We are committed to advancing treatment options for our patients through the translation of innovative research into clinical practice. We collaborate with our Alliance members (University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's Hospital) as well as corporate entities.CTL is responsible for all minimally manipulated therapeutic cell processing occurring at the SCCA. Procedures range from cryopreservation to flow cytometric enumeration of cell proportions to more complex procedures such as cell selection, enrichment, and depletion. The laboratory is regulated by the FDA cGTP/cGMP standards, maintains CAP certification, and is accredited by the Joint Commission and FACT.

Responsibilities

On a per diem basis, perform the following when requested by CTL Manangment:

Process cellular products/specimens according to standard operating procedure (SOP), and specific guidance for clinical trials, using aseptic technique.

Perform and analyze results of quality control testing of components, including automated nucleated cell counts and flow cytometry

Document processing steps accurately, generate processing reports and prepare patient/donor laboratory charts; review processing reports and charts

Understand and stay current with SOPs as needed and perform SOP qualifications. Provide input/feedback to Lab Supervisor on documentation and process improvements.

Participate in the training process of newer, less experienced Technologists.

Develop new or non-standard procedures and processes as needed.

Perform competency assessments as applicable

Thaw cryopreserved components and assist with infusion at the patient bedside.

Assist CTL Manager with processing variance (psn) review and follow-up.

Assist with equipment validations and qualifications.

Perform review of laboratory equipment log books.

Meet unrelated donor (URD) component couriers and perform necessary testing and processing of components prior to release

Perform special processing:

CliniMACS® cell selection e.g. CD34+ cell enrichment, CD3+ cell depletion

Potentially assist with the bone marrow collection within operating room

Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in a science-related field

3+ years of experience in a clinical cell therapy laboratory with increasing responsibility

Basic hematology knowledge

Motivation and initiative to learn new scientific theory and applications

Mature judgment

Work independently

Proven team player

Collaborate and communicate effectively across functions

Interpret data thoroughly

Strong trouble-shooting capabilities

Scientific writing skills, including preparation of clear, concise SOPs and technical reports

Strong math skills

Strong communication skill

Flexibility in scheduling: nights, weekends, holidays and on-call rotations

SCCA has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, and there are no exceptions for any employee who is patient-facing and/or requires access to SCCA facilities.

Exceptions exist only for employees whose positions are fully remote, with no required access to campus. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees requiring access to campus must provide proof of vaccination 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 DiversityWe 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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