Lab Aide (Work Study)

Job ID
Regular Part-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 for 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.   

The Blanco-Melo lab, within the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, studies the strategies that animal hosts have deployed throughout evolution to combat viral infections. In particular, the lab focuses on medically important human viruses, such as Influenza A virus and SARS-CoV-2, as well as ancient viral pathogens and their impact on the evolution of animal immune responses. Through the combination of molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics, the Blanco-Melo lab seeks to characterize and exploit our highly evolved antiviral responses, in order to enable the design of broadly acting therapeutics against current and emerging viral threats.


Our lab is seeking a highly motivated and curious undergraduate student to assist with ongoing exciting research focused on understanding the mechanisms controlling human antiviral pathways and the evolutionary forces that drove their emergence. Preferred candidates are those enrolled in computational biology related majors (e.g., computational biology, bioinformatics, data science, biology, immunology) and having an interest/experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, viral infections and/or evolution.


This is an ideal position for a student interested in gaining laboratory experience while maintaining the flexibility to dedicate time to coursework. The time commitment will range from 2 to 6 hours per day and will not exceed 19 hours per week.


Under close supervision of members of the lab, the person in this position will:

  • Perform and optimize documented data analysis pipelines for RNA-seq (using tools such as STAR, Bowtie, Salmon, Kallisto and DESeq2) and metagenomics (MALT, BLASTn, Kraken2).
  • Use software, self-generated programs/scripts, and/or databases to gather, store, manipulate, and analyze research data.
  • Assist lab members to prepare for and conduct laboratory experiments (i.e., wet lab).
  • Maintain laboratory records and compile data on experiments and results.


  • Enrollment in an undergraduate institution is required, preferably in computational biology related majors (e.g., computational biology, bioinformatics, data science, biology, immunology).
  • Completion of college-level coursework in biology, biostatistics, and/or bioinformatics.
  • Work-study eligibility.
  • Familiarity with Unix.
  • Experience in programing languages (e.g. Python, Perl, R).
  • Previous or current laboratory experience (i.e., wet lab) is preferred but not a requirement.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Motivation, adaptability, and ability to be a team player are essential.
  • The candidate must be someone with great attention to details, well-organized, self-motivated, and able to efficiently manage time and experiments.


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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