Research Technician I/II - Pancera Lab

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


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The Pancera/Stamatatos lab, within the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, works toward the development of safe and effective vaccines against HIV-1, malaria and other pathogens. Our major emphasis is the design of protein immunogens and understanding the immune response following vaccination or natural infection. The lab focuses on structural characterization of these immunogens and their immune responses. The laboratory utilizes a wide range of in vitro and in vivo systems and cutting-edge technologies and techniques.  Experimental approaches include high-throughput crystallography, cryoEM, specialized immunological methodologies and assays, molecular and cellular biology techniques, bioinformatics, and computational approaches. 


Our lab is seeking an outstanding Research Technician I-II to work on a project involving the characterization of the humoral immune response following vaccination against HIV, malaria or other pathogens using X-ray crystallography and cryoEM and the designs of novel immunogens.


  • Responsible for crystallization of the proteins/antibodies complexes and for solving and refining their structures
  • Conduct protein expression and purification experiments, including affinity purification, Ion exchange and FPLC, related to the production of antibodies against viral glycoproteins for structural biology
  • May involve use of Electron Microscopy, molecular modelling or structure-based mutagenesis and design
  • May involve use of Bio Layer interferometry, SPR and ELISA
  • Initiate and carry out scientific projects, under the supervision of Dr. Pancera
  • Develop and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the scientific literature relating to the research topics


  • BS is required with 1-2 years of experience  
    • Research Technician 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 Technician 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.
  • On-hands experience with diverse aspects of Molecular Biology is highly preferred
  • Knowledge of Cryo-EM is not required but desirable
  • Candidates with backgrounds in areas such as virology, protein biochemistry, vaccine development are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Experience in X-ray crystallography including up-to-date knowledge of relevant programs including CCP4, and Phenix packages, protein purification, protein characterization are strongly desired
  • Additional expertise with tissue culture and immunological assays is a plus. The candidate must be a ‘risk taker’, show initiative, willingness to take up new skills and responsibilities, and be a team player
  • Excellent attention to details and the ability to work independently are essential to success in this position, as are good communication and organizational skills
  • The candidate must be self-motivated, able to multitask and to work within a very collaborative environment
  • A cover letter is required for this position

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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