• Lab Aide (Work Study), Molecular Neuroscience

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

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    This position is in a laboratory that uses molecular, genetic, and cellular techniques to explore the neural mechanisms that underlie the sense of smell and instinctive odor responses in mammals. One major lab focus is how thousands of diverse chemicals are perceived as having different odors. Another is how some chemicals elicit innate responses, such as attraction or aversion, or induce instinctive behaviors, such as fear.


    The individual in this position will be involved in projects exploring the neural pathways through which odor signals travel in the brain and/or how the organization of the olfactory system is established during development. The techniques likely to be used include tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and microscope imaging. The incumbent will be responsible for tissue preparation and analysis methods, such as cryostat tissue sectioning and immunostaining. They will also be responsible for general laboratory duties, such as preparation of lab stock solutions, lab maintenance, autoclaving, and/or emptying biohazard waste. Major duties include:

    • Prepare cryostat brain sections
    • Conduct immunostaining and in situ hybridization of tissue sections
    • Conduct microscope imaging and analysis of tissue staining
    • Stock lab supplies, prepare reagents, autoclave and/or empty biohazard waste
    • Follow safety/biohazard precautions and procedures


    • A high school diploma or GED and enrollment in a university-level science degree program (e.g. biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) are required. Previous or current coursework in biology and/or chemistry and past laboratory experience are preferred
    • Experience with molecular biology techniques is highly desirable
    • Demonstrated accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to learn new skills quickly is essential
    • This position requires work-study eligibility

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