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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center HHMI Research Tech I - Malik Lab in Seattle, Washington

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and educators with the potential for transformative impact. We make long-term investments in people, not just projects, because we believe in the power of individuals to make breakthroughs over time. HHMI scientists have radically advanced the understanding of cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and how to treat many diseases. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S.

At HHMI, you are not just an employee – you are a part of a creative and talented team with colleagues whose expertise ranges from biomedical research to investment management, from information technology to law. We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and offer an adaptable environment where employees can do their best work. As HHMI scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your contributions while working at HHMI are making a difference.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Research Technician I to support the lab of Dr. Harmit Malik in the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (also known as ‘Fred Hutch’ or ‘The Hutch’) in Seattle, WA. The Malik lab focuses on conducting evolutionary studies of genetic conflict to gain insight into their mechanisms and consequences. More information about Dr. Malik and the lab’s research can be found here.

The ideal candidate is an organized, detail-oriented, intellectually curious individual who will focus on developing Drosophila models for testing effects of evolutionary changes on proteins involved in reproduction. The ideal candidate would be someone who recently completed their undergraduate studies and would like to obtain additional research experience prior to attending graduate school in the biomedical sciences. Many former Malik lab research technicians have been accepted to top graduate school programs. In addition, depending on experience, the chosen individual may have the opportunity to carry out their own research projects under the supervision of senior researchers in the lab and will earn authorship on any scientific papers to which they contribute.


  • Maintain various Drosophila species and strains, perform transgenic gene manipulation in Drosophila, and utilize extensive molecular biology techniques to develop and validate vectors and for subcloning and injection into transgenic Drosophila, followed by their validation.

  • Serve as secondary person for lab management support including ordering and restocking scientific lab supplies and reagents and maintaining equipment.

  • Prepare genomic and plasmid DNA and clone genes into vectors for transgenic purposes.

  • Assist with various lab projects focusing on Drosophila and/or other model organisms as requested by Dr. Malik, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, or other lab staff.

  • Actively participate in weekly laboratory meetings and present data to the team on a regular basis.


  • A bachelor’s degree in biology or a related discipline is required.


  • Previous hands-on laboratory experience is required. Laboratory experience (honors thesis, internship in a laboratory, etc.) obtained during undergraduate studies is acceptable and will be considered.

  • Experience addressing a research question as part of a research environment beyond standard university coursework is preferred.

  • Hands-on experience with DNA and RNA preparations, PCR, and subcloning is preferred.

  • Experience with Drosophila maintenance, cell culture, cell transfections, in situ hybridization, and immunohistochemistry would be a plus, but is not essential.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.

  • Superior organizational skills, prioritization skills, time management skills, and meticulous attention to detail.

  • Proficient computer skills (PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.)

  • Ability to maintain accurate records of experiments and procedures.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team of scientists working at the interface of evolutionary, cellular, and molecular biology.

  • Ability to interact positively with all levels of staff.

  • Ability to work efficiently, be adaptable, and be self-motivated.

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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