Research Technician I - HVTN, McElrath Lab

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


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


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. 


This research opportunity is with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN).  The Research Technician will perform experiments to identify and characterize immune responses at sites of HIV entry in participants who are part clinical trials.  They will be responsible for processing blood or other body fluids and tissues from volunteers, performing the immunological assays, molecular biology assays and analyzing the data. They will assist in the development and maintenance of laboratory quality control (QC) methods and records.  They will interpret and report on experimental results and may assist with data presentation for conferences and manuscripts.


  • Perform and analyze molecular biology experiments, such as RNA isolations, DNA isolations, and real-time PCR quantitation
  • Conduct immunohistochemistry experiments, including immunohistochemistry staining, laser dissection microscopy, imaging and analysis of the slides
  • Perform in vitro cell manipulations, sterile culture and HIV infections of mucosal samples
  • Prepare tissue lysates and secretion eluates for protein quantitation experiments
  • Perform ELISA,  MSD and Singulex assays for evaluating antibodies, chemokines and cytokines in human secretions and tissue lysates
  • Maintain chain of custody for samples used in the laboratory
  • Develop and trouble-shoot new assays as needed
  • Analyze and present data
  • Maintain a high level of accuracy for all work
  • Maintain records for experiments and quality control for the laboratory
  • Prepare and maintain reagents, stocks, and cultures necessary to perform the work
  • Operate and carry out basic maintenance and QC of laboratory equipment
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • BA/BS in a biological science with related laboratory experience in immunology, microbiology, molecular biology or similar field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with protein quantitation assays, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, cellular assays, tissue culture, micropipetting, microscopy, or PCR are preferred
  • Experience in a GLP setting or clinical experience with strong documentation skills is also desirable
  • Willingness and ability to work with blood, human tissues, human secretions, samples from COVID-19 infected subjects and HIV virus
  • Self-motivation, adaptability and ability to be a strong team player are essential, as is a keen interest in the HIV vaccine field
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to be punctual and accurate
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your 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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