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Research Technician I-II, Gene Transcription in a Chromatin Context

Research Technician I-II, Gene Transcription in a Chromatin Context

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

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The Tapscott Lab seeks a junior-level Research Technician to work with an interactive group of scientists investigating lineage specification and cell differentiation. The lab focuses on gene transcription in a chromatin context in normal development and disease. Areas of research include gene expression in cell culture models of cell specification and differentiation such as myogenesis, neurogenesis, and pluripotent stem cells to identify the molecular bases of totipotency, pluripotency, specification, and differentiation. Models derived from these developmental systems are applied to understand human diseases, including cancers and degenerative diseases.


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or higher-level laboratory personnel, the incumbent will use discretion and judgment in performance of duties to achieve the following:

  • Oversee and perform standard and investigative bench-level experiments; operating analytical instruments; recover, compile and verify the accuracy of research data; perform calculations; and prepare charts, graphs and summaries.
  • Identify methodological problems in research protocol and implement modifications to optimize experimental results
  • Prepare and present written or oral progress reports concerning studies including assembly, organization, and interpretation of data
  • Assist in the design of experiments; may be responsible for the performance of individual research projects
  • Conduct literature reviews to assist in determining most suitable methods to be used in research
  • Assist in publication of results by proofreading, editing, and contributing ideas
  • May perform statistical analyses, write computer programs, or manage research database
  • Other tasks assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant scientific discipline.
  • Tech I: Undergraduate and/or postgraduate research experience with hands-on research experience in a laboratory setting
  • Tech II: 2years+ related research experience
  • Hands-on experience with molecular biology techniques in a research lab setting with demonstrated ability to provide technical support for research projects
  • Organized and dedicated to careful scientific technique.



  • Expertise in RNA/DNA/protein isolation, cDNA synthesis, qPCR, cloning, tissue culture, and basic data analysis techniques.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability and desire to work cooperatively
  • Fast and willing learner
  • Able to assist with general management and organization of lab

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