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Staff Scientist, Drug and Gene Delivery Systems

Staff Scientist, Drug and Gene Delivery Systems

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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 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.


  • Development of novel intellectual property pertaining to devices capable of enhancing and targeting molecular delivery in tissue specific environments.
  • Development of nanomaterals capable of enhancing molecular delivery in specific and nonspecific cell types.
  • Characterization of novel device and nanomaterial performance using in silico, in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo
  • Develop independent research projects suitable for external funding proposals
  • Document experimental research in appropriate format for presentations, publications, and grant proposals.
  • Assist the Principal Investigator with projects, supervising, training, and mentoring members of the laboratory.


Required experience includes:

  • Performing standard cell, histology, and molecular biology techniques.
  • Experience working with in vivo systems, including genetically modified and syngeneic mouse tumor models.
  • Experience with rapid screening of new technologies intended to enhance drug and biologics delivery.
  • Experience in the fields of electrochemistry, nanomaterials, and manufacturing of micro-electro-mechanical systems.
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional environment with engineers, biologists, and medical doctors.
  • Development of protocols (e.g. IACUC and IRB), work plans for externally funded research agreements, and experience writing and submitting research grants to funding agencies.


  • Doctoral degree or equivalent in chemical, mechanical, or biomedical engineering.
  • Post-doctoral or research experience in a field relating to drug and gene delivery systems, ideally related to immunotherapy.
  • Evidence of independent research, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and successful grant funding.
  • Experience in supervisory and project management in an academic or biotechnology setting.
  • Proven track record of device and intellectual property development.
  • Capacity to develop new research techniques and adapt to a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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