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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Research Technician I 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.

This position will support projects to discover and characterize new viral antibodies and studies to understand the viral reservoir. Lab tasks including PCR, SDS-PAGE, gel purifications, DNA sequencing including next generation library preps, transformations, ligations, bacterial culture, minipreps, transfections, antibody harvesting and profiling, ELISAs, pseudovirus production, cell culture, nucleic acid extraction from patient samples, RNA and DNA preps, and ddPCR. Viruses and immune responses studied may include HIV and Coronaviruses. Data and samples must be well-organized and precisely tracked. The most critical qualities in a successful candidate will be organization, precision, and initiative.

Under the direction and close supervision of the Principal Investigator or higher-level laboratory personnel in the lab, the applicant will gain practical experience in the following areas:

  • coordinating and performing support for a research laboratory that focuses on understanding human antibody immune responses to HIV infection

  • performing basic molecular biology techniques including learning the basics of molecular cloning, PCR, DNA sequencing, RT-PCR, flow cytometry, cell culture and transfection, and data analysis.

  • Perform antibody profiling

  • Perform neutralization and other functional antibody testing

  • Perform molecular biology techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, and ddPCR

  • Perform nucleic acid extractions from patient samples

  • Prepare libraries for illumina sequencing

  • Assist with molecular cloning and tissue culture for a variety of projects

  • Maintain laboratory records and compile and verify the accuracy of data on experiments and assays

  • Organization of patient sample inventories

  • Data analysis

  • Present experimental results in both oral and written reports

  • Perform other related duties as assigned

  • BS required with extensive knowledge of cell and molecular biology

  • Some scientific knowledge of virology and/or immunology is desirable

  • Must have basic laboratory skills, including molecular techniques and cell culture

  • Must demonstrate exquisite organizational skills, laboratory precision, reliability and work initiative required to operate with minimal daily supervision

  • Previous research experience in a BSL 2 laboratory, including tissue culture work

  • Willingness to work with clinical specimens that contain HIV (BSL2+)

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the following areas:

  • Scientific knowledge of virology and immunology

  • Some previous laboratory experience (experiment design, execution, optimization, troubleshooting, data analysis)

  • Lab management (inventory, ordering, equipment maintenance, etc.)

  • Virology

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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