Lab Technician II, HIV Vaccine Trials

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


The McElrath HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) laboratory is recruiting an entry-level laboratory technician to primarily perform assays characterizing T cell responses induced by vaccination.   S/he will be expected to prepare reagents and perform assays to evaluate vaccine-induced cellular immune responses in recipients participating in clinical trials of HIV investigational vaccines or other infectious diseases, such as malaria or TB.  S/he will be responsible for performing the assays as part of a technical team.  S/he will assist in the maintenance of laboratory quality control and documentation.  S/he will report to a staff scientist and work closely with a technical team.


The HVTN’s mission is to facilitate the process of testing preventive vaccines against HIV/AIDS or other infectious diseases. The organization conducts all phases of clinical trials from evaluating experimental vaccines for safety and the ability to stimulate immune responses through to testing vaccine efficacy. The HVTN laboratory is responsible for conducting laboratory-based studies to evaluate the immunogenicity of investigational vaccines.


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  • Maintain a high level of accuracy for all work.
  • Maintain accurate documentation for experiments and quality control for the laboratory.
  • Work well as team-member: positive communication skills and a proactive self-starter.
  • Prepare and maintain reagents, stocks, and cultures necessary to perform the work.
  • Operate and carry out basic maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Perform assays, including intracellular cytokine staining (ICS) and ELISPOT for identification and immunological monitoring of T and B cell responses.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


A HS diploma or equivalent is required, a bachelor’s degree in a biological science is strongly preferred.  Specific experience with immunology, tissue culture, flow cytometry, and/or micropipetting are preferred.  Strong documentation skills are also desirable.  Motivation and adaptability and ability to be a strong team player are essential, as is a keen interest in the HIV vaccine field.  Applicants must be willing to work the core hours of 8am-5pm on weekdays and to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed. Individual must also be comfortable working with biohazardous/infectious agents (e.g., bloodborne pathogens, including HIV-1).


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