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Research Technician II, Drug Development & Cell Biology

Research Technician II, Drug Development & Cell Biology

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences

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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 and largest 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.


Responsible for performing standard and investigative laboratory work in support of scientific research by performing bench-level experiments, operating analytical instruments, recovering, compiling and verifying the accuracy of research data; performing calculations; preparing charts, graphs and summaries.


Clinical Research/Human Biology laboratory that works in early stage drug development.  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performing routine cell culture maintenance and propagation, cell-based drug toxicity assays, biochemical enzymatic assays and immunoblotting.  Works under the direction of the Principal Investigator or higher-level laboratory personnel.  Uses discretion and judgment in performance of duties.


Performs the duties of the Research Technician II position plus:

  1. Identify methodological problems in research protocol and implement modifications to optimize experimental results.
  2. Prepare and present written or oral progress reports concerning studies including assembly, organization, and interpretation of data.
  3. Assist in the design of experiments; may be responsible for the performance of individual research projects.
  4. Conduct literature reviews to assist in determining most suitable methods to be used in research.
  5. Assist in publication of results by proofreading, editing, and contributing ideas.
  6. May perform statistical analyses, write computer programs, or manage research data base.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Intermediate level position requiring a BA/BS and 2 years' previous full-time experience working in a research laboratory.
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture, PCR, including RT-PCR and Western blotting required.
  • Outstanding communication skills and ability to work independently are strong prerequisites. 
  • Please note this is not an entry-level position. 



Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with HPLC-MS, mass spectrometry and proteomics is advantageous. 
  • Murine handling experience is preferred.