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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Research Technician I - Geballe Lab in Seattle, Washington

Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

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 Geballe Laboratory studies the roles, mechanisms and evolution of antagonism of host cell defenses during infections by large DNA viruses, especially herpesviruses and vaccinia virus. Additional project focus on control of gene expression at the translational level.

The Research Technician works under the direction of the Principal Investigator or higher-level laboratory personnel. The ideal candidate uses discretion and judgment in performance of duties. The work will require working with viruses, including herpesviruses, in cell culture and molecular and cell biological methods to dissect interactions of host cellular defenses and viruses and to investigate translational control mechanisms used by DNA and RNA viruses.

The Research Technician is responsible for performing standard investigative laboratory experiment work in support of scientific research in virology, virus evolution, and virus-host cell interactions. The job will entail performing experiments, operating analytical instruments, compiling and verifying the accuracy of research data, performing calculations, preparing charts, graphs, summaries and presentations.

  • Conduct molecular biological and virological experiment under direction of higher-level personnel

  • Maintain clear and accurate laboratory notebooks documenting experimental details and results

  • Participate in lab research meetings, including presenting to small groups of scientists

  • Assist in publication of results by proofreading and editing

  • May manage research data bases

  • Assist in general laboratory duties

Self-motivated, curious candidates who are eager to learn and contribute, with excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, and those who work well in a multidisciplinary team environment are encouraged to apply. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in a biological science and some research experience. To be successful in this position, the technician must be highly motivated, take a high level of initiative, work carefully, and keep detailed accurate records. They must also be capable of working independently and with other team members and have excellent interpersonal skills.


  • BA/BS in a relevant scientific field required

  • Must have scientific knowledge of molecular and cellular biology and virology

  • Must have some experience in molecular biology, cell culture and/or microbiology in a laboratory setting


  • Knowledge and training in virology

  • Comfort with math, statistics, and common molecular biology software

  • Cell culture experience

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.

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 or by calling 206-667-4700.

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