The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
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 partners (University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Childrens Hospital) as well as industry (biotechnology) and non-industry external entities.
CTL is responsible for all minimally manipulated therapeutic cell processing occurring at the SCCA for standard therapies, clinical trials and commercial cell therapeutics. Procedures range from cryopreservation to flow cytometric enumeration of cell proportions to more complex procedures such as cell selections, including enrichment and depletion. The laboratory is regulated by the FDA cGTP/cGMP standards, maintains College of American Pathologists (CAP) certification, and is accredited by the Joint Commission and FACT.
Employees must adhere to all SCCA policies and processes, including the SCCA Code of Conduct and all HIPAA privacy requirements.
Process cellular products/specimens according to standard operating procedure (SOP), and specific guidance for clinical trials/commercial products, using aseptic technique
Perform and analyze results of quality control testing of components, including automated nucleated cell counts and flow cytometry
Prepare reagents and materials for clinical procedures
Enter patient and specimen information and results in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
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
Thaw cryopreserved components and assist with infusion at the patient bedside
Meet unrelated donor (URD) component couriers and perform necessary testing and processing of components prior to release
Engage in CTLs Continuing Education Program to enhance knowledge and skills
Assist in completing basic projects with moderate supervision
Potentially assist with the bone marrow collection within operating room
2+ years of experience in a clinical cell therapy laboratory
Bachelors Degree in a science-related field preferred
Basic hematology and immunology knowledge
Motivation and initiative to learn new scientific theory and applications
Mature judgment, including when to seek help from CTL Management and CTP Leadership
Ability to work well independently with limited supervision
Strong teamwork skills, building relationships across functions
Collaborate and communicate effectively across functions and departments
Ability to organize and interpret data thoroughly, often independently
Strong problem-solving capabilities for clinical laboratory in general and cell therapy in particular for standard processing. Start troubleshooting more complex work as it is learned, e.g. cell selections.
Uses literature and colleagues as a resource to plan work and solve problems
Scientific writing skills, including preparation of clear, concise SOPs and technical reports
Strong math skills
Strong communication skills, both oral and written
Flexibility in scheduling: nights, weekends, holidays and on-call rotations
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.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.