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Research Technician I, HVTN

Research Technician I, HVTN

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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.


This research opportunity is with the McElrath laboratory and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN).  Our lab is recruiting a research technician, with 2 or more years of laboratory experience, to perform assays to characterize T cell responses induced by vaccination in clinical trials.   S/he will be expected to perform flow cytometry and immunology assays to evaluate vaccine-induced cellular immune responses in recipients participating in clinical trials of HIV or other infectious disease, such as malaria or TB, investigational vaccines.  S/he will be responsible for performing the assays as part of a technical team, and collecting and analyzing the data.  S/he will assist in the writing and maintenance of laboratory quality control and documentation.  S/he will report to a staff scientist and work closely with a technical team.


The HVTN’s mission is to facilitate the process of testing preventive vaccines against HIV/AIDS or other infectious diseases. The organization conducts all phases of clinical trials from evaluating experimental vaccines for safety and the ability to stimulate immune responses through to testing vaccine efficacy. The HVTN laboratory is responsible for conducting laboratory-based studies to evaluate the immunogenicity of investigational vaccines.


  • Maintain a high level of accuracy for all work.
  • Work well as team-member: positive communication skills and a proactive self-starter.
  • Perform flow cytometric assays, including intracellular cytokine staining (ICS), ELISPOT and MSD/luminex for identification and immunological monitoring of T and B cell responses.
  • Analysis, presentation and writing of study results.
  • Maintain accurate documentation for experiments and quality control for the laboratory.
  • Prepare and maintain reagents, stocks, and cultures necessary to perform the work.
  • Operate and carry out basic maintenance and QC of laboratory equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


A bachelor’s degree in immunology or biological science and preferably 2 years of laboratory experience.  Specific experience with flow cytometry, immunology, cellular assays, and tissue culture are preferred.  Experience in a GCLP/GLP setting, with strong documentation skills is also desirable.  Motivation and adaptability and ability to be a strong team player are essential, as is a keen interest in the HIV vaccine field.  Applicants must be willing to work the core hours of 8am-5pm on weekdays and to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed. Individual must also be comfortable working with biohazardous/infectious agents (e.g., bloodborne pathogens, including HIV-1).

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