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Research Associate, Immunology and Gene Therapy

Research Associate, Immunology and Gene Therapy

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows and Associates

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A Clinical Research Division laboratory that studies hematopoietic cell biology and develops novel gene therapy and gene editing strategies is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow or research associate to participate in primary hematopoietic stem cell gene transfer and clinical studies. The position involves additional responsibilities, such as development of immunological assays, processing of primary tissue samples, and culture/analysis of cells infected with HIV and related viruses. The candidate will study and develop methods to characterize immune responses against gene and cell therapy products, and will work under the PI and other senior members of the research team. The candidate will be expected to work closely with clinical study personnel, and publish and present their work in both internal and external events.


A PhD or MD in a scientific field is required. The individual must possess knowledge of advanced immunology assays. Clinical experience in infectious and/or genetic diseases, and a background in hematopoietic stem cell biology are highly desired. Experience is preferred in one or more of the following areas: hematopoietic stem cell cultures/model systems, clinical sample processing, entry/maintenance of clinical trial data, in vivo studies, flow cytometry/flow-assisted cell sorting, and/or molecular biology techniques e.g. quantitative PCR. Previous experience in gene therapy/gene editing, basic bioinformatics, and/or GLP/GMP techniques is desired, but not required.


To be successful in this position, the candidate must be highly motivated and able to work independently to design and execute experiments, possess a high level of initiative and attention to detail, and must also be able to multi-task and prioritize work at short notice. S/he must also be capable of working independently in a team environment. Candidates with excellent organizational skills and communication skills (written and oral) are encouraged to apply.


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