Animal Imaging Technician

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.   

The Assistant Research Tech is responsible for supporting the small animal imaging needs of researchers and Comparative Medicine at Fred Hutch. The specialist will assist the researchers in the use of multiple imaging equipment (including Ultrasound, MRI, Optical imaging equipment), provide imaging services and extend support to small animal clinical services when needed. This position will be expected to operate specialized equipment and to perform specialized procedures as required to support animal manipulation segments of research protocols. Completion of these tasks will be expected to be conducted independently without direct supervision. A clear understanding of research protocols is required.


  • Work to provide excellent customer service and quality images and data for research staff.
  • Become proficient using multiple imaging modalities, including radiography, MRI, ultrasound and bio-luminescence.
  • Perform imaging studies including animal preparation, anesthesia, physiologic monitoring, placement, completion of imaging protocols, and compilation of data for investigators.
  • Become proficient in multiple clinical procedures including (but not limited to) anesthesia, injections, surgical procedures, specimen collections, treatment administration.
  • Coordinate and complete research clinical service requests.
  • Coordinate and complete maintenance on imaging equipment and software.
  • Follow safe animal and equipment handling guidelines and SOPs.
  • Develop SOPs, training aids, and guidelines for clinical services and use of imaging equipment.
  • Develop and facilitate training and education sessions for use and maintenance of imaging equipment.
  • Coordinate and support transportation of animals across facilities for imaging related research.
  • Establish and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with faculty in order to provide high quality customer service.
  • Work closely with research staff to identify needs and develop service solutions.
  • Become cross-trained in order to serve as back-up for other CM services and organizational staff as needed.
  • Complete duties effectively and efficiently with little or no supervision.
  • Work on call, weekend, evening, or holiday shifts as needed or assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree. 
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new systems and techniques.
  • Basic understanding of translational research using in vivo models.
  • Maintenance of a valid Washington State Driver’s License and good driving record.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in performing research using murine models.
  • Experience in handling and using imaging modalities including MRI, ultrasound, optical imaging etc.
  • AALAS certification at the LAT level is recommended, and persons hired for this position should continue to pursue this certification as soon as possible once eligible until achieved.


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 Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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