• Lab Technician II

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Laboratory Research Sciences
  • Overview

    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.


    The McElrath HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) laboratory is recruiting an entry-level laboratory technician to primarily perform assays characterizing T cell responses induced by vaccination.   S/he will be expected to prepare reagents and perform assays to evaluate vaccine-induced cellular immune responses in recipients participating in clinical trials of HIV investigational vaccines or other infectious diseases, such as malaria or TB.  S/he will be responsible for performing the assays as part of a technical team.  S/he will assist in the 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.
    • Maintain accurate documentation for experiments and quality control for the laboratory.
    • Work well as team-member: positive communication skills and a proactive self-starter.
    • Prepare and maintain reagents, stocks, and cultures necessary to perform the work.
    • Operate and carry out basic maintenance of laboratory equipment.
    • Perform assays, including intracellular cytokine staining (ICS) and ELISPOT for identification and immunological monitoring of T and B cell responses.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    A high school diploma or GED is required.  Prefer student enrolled in a University in a science field.  College level courses in the biological sciences and laboratory bench research experience are strongly preferred. . The technician must show initiative, the willingness to take up new skills and responsibilities, and be a team player. Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work independently are essential to success in this position, as are good communication and organizational skills. Salary will be commensurate with (appropriate) experience. 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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