Cellular Imaging Specialist I

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Support Services


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.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   



Within Fred Hutch, the Cellular imaging Core facility is an ever-expanding center for state-of-the-art imaging, supporting a wide range of research groups and applications, from basic research to clinical, pharmacology and personalized medicine. An extensive assortment of equipment is currently available, including gel and blot imaging, confocal and widefield microscopes, super-resolution microscopy and Light Sheet microscopy. Furthermore, the facility has state of the art workstations for 3D-4D image analysis including commercial and open source analysis software, supporting science from project design, to acquisition, to processing and analysis.

In order to meet the increasing needs of the microscopy facility, the Core seeks to hire a service-oriented, highly motivated individual to join its current team to aid in the operation of the core. This provides an exciting opportunity to get acquainted with diverse imaging techniques, in a multidisciplinary environment with researchers. It is an exciting position, and a unique career development opportunity, as the candidate will have the chance to be involved with a breadth of applications, in a dynamic environment offered in one of the finest research institutes.  The ideal candidate will possess good organizational and analytical skills, be familiar with fluorescence microscopy techniques, and show a desire and ability to rapidly learn new skills. Major responsibilities will include performing routine laboratory maintenance tasks, operating sophisticated scientific instruments, and training and assisting users of the facility with instrument operation and data analysis.   


  • Keep the laboratory clean and organized   
  • Provide training and assistance to users on a variety of light microscopes’ operation including wide-field microscopes, confocal microscopes, whole slide scanning, high-content screening, and associated hardware and software
  • Provide training to users on basic image processing and analysis techniques  
  • Perform troubleshooting, cleaning and maintenance of microscopes and weekly quality control checks to ensure optimal performance of microscopes  
  • Maintain computer hardware and software infrastructure in the Core  
  • Maintain billing, usage logs, lab inventory, order supplies, and general lab housekeeping  
  • Document and organize experimental protocols  
  • Other related lab duties as assigned by Director


  • BSc in Biology, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or other Science major, at least 2 years of experience in microscopy use. Master's degree or higher preferred
  • Solid experience in light microscopy and an understanding of fundamentals of image processing, such as ImageJ
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of people. 
  • Strong attention to details
  • Must be reliable and organized, ability to complete multiple projects
  • An enthusiastic approach to teaching microscopy, problem solving and a desire and passion for learning, eager to explore new techniques in microscopy
  • Ability to work in a team environment led by the Director.

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer.  We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class.  We are an Affirmative Action employer.  We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our HR Operations at HRops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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