Research Technician III, Human Immunology - HVTN/CoVPN

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


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This research opportunity is with the McElrath laboratory and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). Our lab is recruiting an entry-level or experienced research technician to perform complex research assays to characterize primarily T-cell responses utilizing flow cytometry induced by investigational vaccines or during infection with SARS-CoV-2, HIV and other pathogens, such as malaria and TB. They will be responsible for standardizing and performing novel assays, and collecting and analyzing the data. They will interpret and report on experimental results and assist with data presentation. They will assist in writing laboratory SOPs, reports, and other documentation. The technician will report to a manager and work closely with a technical team.

The HVTN’s mission is to facilitate the process of testing preventive vaccines against HIV/AIDS or other infectious diseases. The organization conducts all phases of clinical trials from evaluating experimental vaccines for safety and the ability to stimulate immune responses through to testing vaccine efficacy. The HVTN laboratory is responsible for conducting laboratory-based studies to evaluate the immunogenicity of investigational vaccines.


  • Maintain a high level of accuracy for all work
  • Work well as team-member, participate in positive communication, and foster an environment that allows all laboratory staff to work well together
  • Independently perform immunological, flow cytometry and other experimental assays
  • Troubleshoot and optimize experimental methods, results and analysis
  • Lead, train or coordinate other technicians, or team members on laboratory techniques and assays
  • Review the literature to learn and trouble-shoot new methods and stay informed on the HIV/SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and immunology
  • Prepare and present written or oral progress reports concerning studies including assembly, organization, and interpretation of data
  • Maintain accurate documentation for experiments and quality control for the laboratory
  • Supervise and carry out maintenance, and troubleshooting and QC of laboratory equipment
  • May perform data analysis, interpretation, and statistical analyses
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Senior level position requires a BA/BS and 4+ years’ relevant experience working in a laboratory, or a Master’s degree and an equivalent experience. Requires independent research experience with immunological assays and training and supervision of other staff
  • Experience with immunology, flow cytometry, COVID, HIV/AIDS and/or cellular assays are strongly desired
  • Motivation, adaptability and ability to be a strong team player are essential, as is a keen interest in the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 & HIV vaccine field
  • The candidate must be someone with great attention to details, well-organized, self-motivated, and able to efficiently manage time and experiments. Experience in a GLP or GCLP setting or clinical experience, with strong documentation skills is also desirable
  • Applicants must be willing to work with biohazardous/infectious agents (e.g., bloodborne pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2 & HIV-1) and also be flexible and willing to work some evenings and weekends
  • Salary will be commensurate with (appropriate) experience

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

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