• Research Technician II- Genetic Engineering

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Laboratory Research Sciences
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    The Taylor laboratory within the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division is recruiting a Research Technician II to perform lab experiments using cutting genetic engineering techniques. Preference will be given to candidates with extensive experience using CRISPR/Cas9 or other genetic engineering approaches in primary cell types.


    • Running of standard assays such as PCR, DNA/RNA isolation, cell electroporation, cell line maintenance, and various in vitro and in vivo lymphocyte assays
    • Multicolor Flow cytometry and cell sorting
    • Flow jo data analysis
    • Design of primers and cloning strategies
    • Collect and analyze data and maintain experimental records
    • Directly execute and drive the implementation of immunological experimental assays.
    • May write up an experiment plan, perform and lead experiments, assist in analysis, and provide a report with data interpretation.
    • May lead and train other technicians, or team members.
    • Responsible for independent work-up and performance of new assays, including literature reviews, experimental design, optimization, troubleshooting, analysis and reporting results.
    • Transfer newly developed assays and technologies to other parts of the lab.
    • Assist in the design of experiments; may be responsible for the performance of individual research projects.
    • May conduct literature reviews to assist in determining most suitable methods to be used in research.
    • 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.
    • May perform statistical analyses, write computer programs, or manage research data base.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • MA/MS or BA/BS degree required with preference for biochemistry, immunology or similar areas of focus
    • 1 year of genetic engineering experience required
    • Must have experience with multicolor flow cytometry and flow jo data analysis
    • Preference will be given to candidates with extensive experience in multicolor flow cytometry, molecular biology and genetic engineering
    • The technician must show initiative, the willingness to take up new skills and responsibilities, and be a team player
    • Must be willing to work with biohazardous/infectious agents and murine colonies under carefully controlled conditions
    • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work independently are essential to success in this position, as are good communication and organizational skills
    • Must be flexible and willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed

    Research Technician II minimum qualifications - Intermediate level position requiring at least 2 years previous experience working in a research laboratory and BA/BS. Independent research experience outside of laboratory course work is necessary.

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