Research Technician I

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
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 CLIA laboratory technician will assist with the daily operation of the Clinical Trials Pathology lab (CTP).  The Research Technician will support testing personnel by following standard operating procedures for sample intake and processing, equipment maintenance, reagent preparation, inventory, organization, and CLIA documentation.   


  • Receive and accession incoming samples including accurate labeling of cassettes and slides, routing, and tracking.
  • Perform and document routine daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance of laboratory equipment. 
  • File and organize slides, paraffin blocks, and paperwork. 
  • Package, ship, and track samples requiring return or transport to outside facilities – including dry ice and cold chain shipments.
  • Perform cell processing tasks on clinical trial samples per established SOPs, such as PBMC isolation from whole blood. 
  • Participate in group meetings with laboratory staff, pathologists, and medical director.
  • Prepare reagents from detailed laboratory procedures and document that quality control standards are being met.
  • Perform periodic inventory of reagents and samples stored in CTP.
  • Submit stained slides to digital pathology for scanning and manage the storing and sharing of images. 
  • Assist in organizing work and storage space and in general lab upkeep.
  • Monitor hazardous waste levels and coordinate with EH&S when needed. 
  • Perform routine histology support as needed.
  • Act as specimen courier between UWMC and various Fred Hutch laboratories for protocol related biopsy samples. 
  • Completed all required documentation and training. 
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


  • A bachelor’s degree is required for this position.
  • Familiarity with histotechnology or medical laboratory science is highly desirable but not required.
  • The successful technician must be able to work accurately and efficiently, be detail oriented, and work both independently and within a group. Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills are required.
  • This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work positively in a customer oriented environment. In addition, the technician in this position must be flexible, independent, and skilled at organizing and prioritizing tasks.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer as well as LIMS databasing is desirable. 


In addition to job duties at Fred Hutch, this position also requires access to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which requires COVID-19 vaccination without exceptions.
Accordingly, as a condition of employment for this Fred Hutch position, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination 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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