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A research technician position (full-time) is immediately available in the Barry laboratory within the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Translational Research Program. The Barry lab focuses on understanding how the immune system responds to cancer and can be manipulated to target cancer. Our studies utilize human immunology, murine models of cancer, state-of-the-art imaging techniques, RNA sequencing techniques, and immunological techniques to explore the role of the innate immune system in controlling immune responses to cancer. Our goal is to understand the basic mechanisms regulating the immune response to cancer in order to target these pathways in patients, ultimately leading to increased response rates of current FDA-approved immunotherapy drugs and identification of novel pathways that can be targeted to increase immune responses to cancer.
We are looking for an ambitious, highly organized, and highly motivated individual who will be responsible for performing an independent investigative project while also undertaking standard laboratory work in support of scientific research. In both roles this individual will work with human tumor samples, murine models, conduct cell culture experiments, operate analytical instruments, recover, compile and verify the accuracy of research data, and prepare these data as both written and visual summaries.
This position will work under the Principal Investigator and work with the laboratory personnel. The individual will use discretion and judgment in carrying out their job duties. In addition to being responsible for conducting an independent research project the individual will manage the murine colony and day-to-day lab needs. This is an ideal position for a recent graduate who wants to gain an immersive research experience before pursuing graduate and/or medical school.
The research technician will primarily carry out an independent research project that involves cancer immunology, human immunology, immunotherapy, cell biology, and molecular biology. Specific duties are:
The research technician will participate in lab meetings and journal clubs. Specific duties are:
Other responsibilities include general lab maintenance and other duties as needed. Specific duties are:
To be successful in this position, the technician must be ambitious, have scientific curiosity, a high level of self-motivation, the ability to take instruction and correction, good organizational skills, the ability to work and think independently, and wants to stay at least two years
Preferred experience (not required):