Research Technician I-II

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


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.


A Clinical Research Division laboratory that studies the biology of blood and marrow stem cells and develops novel stem cell gene therapies as well as genome editing technologies is recruiting a research technician I/II with a focus on bench research. This position will support research activities that include but are not limited to:

  • Performing sterile tissue culture techniques for viral vector production and gene transfer experiments in primary cells such as hematopoietic stem cells and T lymphocytes
  • Titration of viral vectors by transducing cell lines and flow cytometry analysis
  • Measuring infectious titers of vectors using Q-PCR
  • Assisting with development of novel gene transfer vectors
  • Creating plasmid constructs using molecular biology techniques, including bacterial plasmid preps, PCR, and cloning
  • Maintaining detailed laboratory records
  • Performing other tasks supporting experiments guided by PI and staff scientist


Minimum qualifications:

  • This position requires a bachelor’s degree in a biological science and some research experience or laboratory knowledge
    • Research Techn I minimum qualifications- BA/BS in a scientific field required. Must have scientific knowledge in the area of study and basic laboratory skills.  Independent research experience in addition to school lab experience is usually necessary.

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

  • Laboratory experience with cell cultures and/or molecular biological techniques is required
  • Self-motivated candidates with excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, and those who work well in a multidisciplinary team environment are encouraged to apply
  • To be successful in this position, the technician must be highly motivated, have a high level of initiative, work carefully, and keep detailed records. They must also be capable of working independently in a teamwork environment and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred qualifications:

  • At least two years of laboratory experience is preferred but candidates with less experience will be considered
  • Experience with cell culture techniques and viral vector production is desirable

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