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 Cytogenetics Technologist Senior, Certified:
Perform cancer genomic laboratory procedures leading to the formation of an accurate clinical reports using the International System for Cytogenetic Nomenclature
As part of the lab's leadership group, aligns resources within section to accomplish operational goals. Works independently with routine and non-routine tasks, exercising excellent judgement and strong decision-making skills.
Perform benchwork, analysis, and reporting of genetic or genomic assays consistently with a high level of accuracy and efficiency
Perform pre-director tech checking of straightforward and complex cases and reports in areas of high competency
Contribute to an environment of safety and focus on quality
Contribute significantly to operations beyond routine testing (quality management, methods development, revising or writing SOPs, variance review).
Assist with design and implement validation efforts or improved processes in area
Work with members of lab management to improve operations, investigate and implement new technologies, streamline workflow strategies, organize, and evaluate QM records
Assist with orientation and training of lab staff
Daily organization of workload according to available resources; make solid decisions
Be a resource for complicated issues within area of expertise; be able to offer guidance to proceed. For areas outside personal expertise, provide solid guidance and identify additional resources
Troubleshoot routine and non-routine equipment or assays issues with minimal assistance. Assure troubleshooting methods employed by others are thorough and sound
With minimal assistance, gather and analyze data for lab use or for potential publication.
Instruct clinicians and staff in cancer genomic techniques, history and clinical relevance, and the genetic and chemical basis for lab procedures
Determine case priority, and assign work
Document training or competency assessments of other techs to assure all are properly trained and perform to a consistent standard
Maintain routine, reliable schedule to provide significant (30+ hours/week) coverage during routine working hours of lab staff
Provide input to supervisors regarding staff performance and development
Perform as assigned:
Assist with and provide input on candidate interviews
Represent the lab at SCCA meetings to address interdepartmental issues, especially technical issues
Review specimen preparation and testing plans, communicate with clinicians regarding testing recommendation and determine compliance with Pathways algorithms
BA/BS in related scientific field
Typically, at least 6 years' experience in a Cytogenetics/genomics lab OR completion of a formal certified training program in Cytogenetics/genomics and 5 years' work experience
Certification as CG(ASCP)CM or MB(ASCP)CM or international equivalent with on-going documentation of CE comparable to ASCP programs
Robust Troubleshooting Skills
Strong Communication Skills, including Presentation Skills
Works independently on routine and non-routine tasks
Strong ability to apply general guidelines and knowledge to unique situations to make sound decisions
Solid background knowledge of all areas of the lab (though may not have advanced technical proficiency in all areas)
Solid knowledge of and the appropriate application of techniques required for translational clinical assay development
Ability to identify, triage, and escalate issues appropriately
With moderate assistance, gather and analyze data for lab use, or for potential publication
Solid mentoring skills
Applied knowledge of CAP guidelines
Ability to provide operational leadership
Demonstrates Initiative and motivates others to take initiative
Advanced knowledge of Cancer Genomics of hematological disorders, related diagnostic testing, and the biology of cancer
Working knowledge of and the appropriate application of techniques required for translational clinical assay development
Ability to draw appropriate conclusions and effectively communicate findings and recommendations
Ability to deliver effective feedback
Independently follows through on commitments and consistently holds themselves accountable to deadlines. Takes accountability for their team's quality of work and the impact on the lab
Perform effectively amidst stress, continuous change, and ambiguity
Master's degree or formal post-bac education in related fields beneficial
Dual certification as CG(ASCP)CM and MB(ASCP)CM
Basic interview and candidate assessment skills
Working knowledge of common HR policies
Working knowledge of lab administrative operations
Working knowledge of relevant broader organizational resources and operations
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 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 (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.