Research Technician I/II- Cancer Metastasis

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Laboratory Research Sciences


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.

With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. 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 value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.



A Research Technician I or II position (full-time) is immediately available in the Cheung Laboratory within Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center’s Translational Research Program. The major interest of the Cheung Lab is to discover and characterize collective tumor cell interactions involved in breast cancer metastasis and therapy resistance, the cause of 40,000 deaths in the USA and half a million deaths worldwide every year. Our lab uses 3D tumor organoids, time-lapse imaging, and in vivo animal models to discover and characterize the physical and biochemical interactions giving rise to collective tumor cell dynamics and emergent multicellular behaviors. Additional information about the research in the Cheung Lab can be found at:


We are seeking a highly motivated candidate in the topic of cancer dissemination/organoid modeling/collective signaling using ex-vivo organoid and in vivo metastasis models. Enthusiastic graduates who want to gain an intense research experience before pursuing graduate and/or medical school are welcome to apply



This position will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Laboratory Personnel to advance the scientific mission. Responsibilities will include lab maintenance (ordering, animal husbandry, lab stocks), cell culture, and experimental studies using animals. In addition to work aiding others in the laboratory, the individual will be responsible for conducting and completing an individual research project. We are looking for candidates that are excited about science, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and value teamwork and diversity. Strong organizational and communication skills are required.



  • A bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences.
  • Research Technician IAt least one years experience in basic laboratory skills is required including at least 6months experience with molecular biology techniques and experience with lab management.
  • Research Technician IIAt least two years experience in basic laboratory skills is required including at least 1 year experience with molecular biology techniques and experience with lab management.
  • Independent research experience outside of laboratory course work is required.
  • Highly-organized, have a demonstrated strong attention to detail, and an enthusiasm to conduct new techniques.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center 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, prior to their first day of employment:
Provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ; OR
Initiate the accommodations process to request a religious or medical accommodation (medical accommodations require a healthcare provider’s certification).


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.


Research Technician I: The hourly pay range for this position is from $21.56 to $30.69 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  


Research Technician II:  The hourly pay range for this position is from $24.96 to $35.53 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (22 days per year), paid sick leave (up to 30 calendar days per occurrence of a qualifying reason), paid holidays (up to 13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 12 months for professor track faculty, up to 6 months for other scientific staff). 

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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