Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

  • Cellular Therapy Laboratory (CTL) Assistant Supervisor

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Overview

    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 SCCA is one of the largest cell therapy facilities in the United States and 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 Hutch 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 and 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.


    The CTL Assistant Supervisor is a key position, responsible for the oversight of cell processing and staff within the CTL. The position collaborates with the CTL Supervisor and reports to the Manager. Regular interactions with medical, scientific and quality staff provide a stimulating and diverse environment.


    The nature of this work is challenging and we are seeking a highly motivated individual with initiative, subject matter expertise, leadership and team work experience. The work requires mature judgment, decision-making capability and outstanding communication skills. Effective cross-functional collaboration with other departments at the SCCA, Fred Hutch and with external organizations is necessary to the position. This includes being comfortable and conversant with clinical issues: able to interact with clinical peers/counterparts. Flexibility in scheduling is required. Some patient contact is required when assisting with thawing and infusion of cryopreserved cells.


    • Assign tasks to CTL Technologists, and adjust as needed, to ensure that all required lab functions are being performed.
    • Monitor staff to ensure they are adhering to regulatory and operational procedures.
    • Address and resolve technical or procedural problems and advise technologists on the proper course of action.
    • Perform technologist and coordinator duties, as needed.
    • Orient, train, and mentor laboratory personnel.
    • Evaluate laboratory personnel for continued competency.
    • Conduct staff performance reviews. Implement, monitor, and manage performance improvement plans as required.
    • Assist in recruiting and hiring of laboratory personnel.
    • Perform chart review and facilitate chart discussions between lab staff and the Quality Assurance (QA) Department.
    • Enter and review variances and execute corrective and preventative actions in collaboration with the QA Department.
    • Write and revise standard operating procedures.
    • Assist in the development of new lab processes and the selection of new laboratory equipment and materials.
    • Lead validations and qualifications for equipment, materials and processes.
    • Take ownership for the coordination and execution of projects that support Continuous Process Improvement (CPI).
    • Interact and communicate effectively with the Medical Director and Scientific Director to assist in non-standard processes.
    • Represent the CTL at departmental and organizational meetings
    • Serve as Supervisor On-call, on a rotating basis, for issues that arise after-hours/weekends



    • Baccalaureate degree in biological science relevant field
    • Three  years of experience in cell therapy processing, or five years of experience in a clinical lab, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Knowledge of FDA, cGMP, cGTP requirements, CAP, FACT standards for cellular therapy.
    • Supervisory or lead tech experience.



    • A minimum of three years’ experience in a Cellular Therapy Laboratory.
    • Biotechnology or other industry scientific laboratory experience.
    • A minimum of two years’ supervisory experience in a complex laboratory setting.
    • Hematology, oncology and/or immunology knowledge.

    Critical Attributes

    • Exemplary communication skills
    • Mature judgment with strong decision making skills
    • Strong work ethic with the ability to take initiative and multi-task
    • Strong leadership skills
    • Ability to alternate between being a leader and a team player
    • Ability to collaborate, communicate and be accountable
    • Ability to identify and communicate priorities
    • Ability to navigate through, but not avoid, conflict
    • Ability to deal with complex problems and propose creative solutions
    • Desire to continually learn and to teach those around you
    • Agile in adjusting to a changing environment and guiding others through it
    • Strong ability to oversee a complex schedule with an extraordinary attention to detail
    • Flexibility in scheduling

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, 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 or by calling 206-667-4700.


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