Lab Technician 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.

The McElrath lab’s Site Affiliate Lab (LAB) supports the clinical trials at the Fred Hutch including studies supporting HIV vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines, observational studies, etc. This role will process the blood and specimens taken in the course of these studies to be used for immunological assays. The role will require flexible hours including evening and weekends per schedule.


  • Handle blood products using sterile aseptic techniques and tissue culture techniques
  • Isolate and cryopreserve PBMC, separate and aliquot serum, plasma and semen, and isolate cells for DNA preparations
  • Handle, receive, ship, and inventory temperature dependent samples following DOT and IATA requirements for diagnostic specimens
  • Collect, record, and enter research data. Maintain precise laboratory records. Operate under GLPs
  • Communicate and coordinate scheduling with clinical staff
  • Maintain and operate all laboratory equipment within the laboratory. Perform general maintenance and cleaning on laboratory equipment, such as centrifuges, microscopes, ultra low freezers, automated cell counters, and biological safety cabinets
  • Prepare and maintain reagents, stocks, and cultures necessary to perform work
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Order and maintain supplies
  • Author SOPs for supplies, reagents and equipment as necessary
  • Maintain records for experiments and quality control for the laboratory


  • High school diploma or equivalent required, BA/BS is preferred
  • General computer/data entry experience
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Experience with working with human biological samples is 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
  • They must also be flexible and willing to work evenings and weekends per schedule

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