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The purpose of this position is to oversee the laboratory physical space and equipment. The Lab Manager oversees equipment maintenance and smooth functioning of the physical space and building facilities and to manage laboratory projects under the direction of the laboratory management. This position will work independently in performing daily responsibilities, referring issues on as necessary. Skills and knowledge will be applied in coordinating operational and administrative activities necessary to smooth functioning of a clinical research laboratory.
Manage Lab Facilities and Equipment (30%)
Oversee the laboratory facilities, including specialized HVAC and electrical systems, the generator and UPS. Coordinate and oversee regular maintenance and repairs and troubleshoot problems with assistance from the off-site facilities company.
Oversee and manage the 24hr on-call system and handle queries from personnel when laboratory alarms are triggered. Attend to high-level emergencies 24/7, supported by the lab team.
Coordinate purchase and shipment/receipt of laboratory equipment to ensure laboratory is well- equipped at all times
Oversee and coordinate equipment maintenance, repairs, purchases and usage, troubleshooting equipment that is not performing
Formally document equipment maintenance, trends and other parameters to ensure functioning according to GCLP standards
Manage installation of new laboratory equipment, overseeing processes such as verification, qualification and validation
Monitor and maintain lab space and equipment, ensuring that current laboratory resource needs are met and future program resource needs are anticipated
Maintain good working relationships with key service providers that support the laboratory
Monitor and manage service level agreement compliance by service providers and ensure timely annual agreement renewals
Oversee Lab Inventory (20%)
Monitor lab reagents and consumables, insuring inventory systems are in place and kept up to date and accurate at all times
Obtain quotes and order lab reagents and consumables as needed
Assist with preparation of and adherence to lab budgets, performing cost analyses as needed
Repository Management (20%)
Oversee the specimen repository, ensuring detailed organization and proper storage of all clinical trial specimens according to GCLP guidelines
Ship, receive and handle specimens according to IATA and GCLP guidelines and using the lab LIMS systems
Train lab staff on proper specimen handling to maintain cold chain at all times
Supervise lab staff when receiving and accessing specimens
Laboratory Safety and GCLP Compliance (30%)
Address all Environmental Health & Safety issues and ensure laboratory compliance at all times
Review lab documentation, performing QC checks to ensure compliance
Draft new laboratory SOPs and edit and review existing laboratory SOPs, ensuring they are kept up- to date
Prepare files for audits and attend audits as requested, assisting in addressing any issues raised at the audits
Oversee documents required to satisfy regulatory requirements
Education, certification, qualifications and experience needed:
BTech, BA or BSc in a related field required, preferably Biomedical Technology or equivalent diploma (Clinical Pathology, Haematology, Microbiology or Immunology)
Minimum of ten years of experience in a routine or research laboratory setting; lab management experience
Familiarity with the function and troubleshooting many types of laboratory equipment
Experience working in a laboratory environment according to Good Clinical Laboratory Practices
Competencies / job specifications required to do the job:
Technologically-inclined with extensive knowledge of and experience troubleshooting lab equipment and systems
In-depth knowledge of quality assurance, quality control and best laboratory practices
Excellent attention to detail
Effective communication and interpersonal skills; works well in a team environment
Self-starter that works independently
Good time management and works within set deadlines
Flexible and adaptable to the changing needs of a dynamic environment with a desire to learn
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 finalists.
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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.