Research Technician I/II – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Seattle, WA


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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

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 Technician I/II position will work on potentially curative genetic therapies for persistent viral infections, including herpes simplex, hepatitis B, and HIV. The candidate’s primary responsibilities will be caring for small animals (guinea pigs and mice) and performing in vivo studies to validate the potential of newly developed therapeutics in the lab, so the candidate must have experience working with small animal models (mice, rats, guinea pigs). Responsibilities will also include the production and characterization of in vivo grade therapeutics, and the analysis of experimental outcomes in blood and tissues. The technician will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator and senior laboratory members, and will be asked to work independently using discretion and judgment in carrying out experiments.


Experience performing animal procedures is strongly preferred as the research technician will be required to perform minor procedures on rodents (mice and guinea pigs), including intramuscular, intravenous and intradermal injections, delivery of anesthesia by injection or inhalation, infection with live virus, shaving of fur, blood draws, etc. The technician will be required to assess daily animal health status and maintain a detailed log. Necropsy processing of tissue samples for histology and nucleic acid extraction will also be performed. The technician will be required to assist in the maintenance of our murine colonies, which may include breeding and genotyping.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the production and purification of viral vector stocks required for animal studies including adeno associated virus, lentivirus and adenovirus.
  • Work with supervisor and/or senior lab members in the design of experiments, and will be responsible for the progress of individual research projects, and to analyze data generated and modify techniques.
  • Identify methodological problems in research protocols and implement modifications to optimize experimental results. Design experiments and develop protocols using techniques including tissue culture, RNA and DNA extraction, PCR, standard molecular biology methods, tissue sectioning, histology, and immunohisto/cytochemistry.
  • Prepare and present written and oral progress reports concerning studies including assembly, organization, and interpretation of data.
  • Conduct literature reviews and background searches to assist in determining research methods.
  • May perform statistical analyses and manage research database.
  • Work with supervisor to understand project goals and hypotheses.
  • Train other members of staff in techniques.
  • Assist in general maintenance of laboratory including stocking, ordering, maintaining stock and cell lines.
  • The ideal candidate should be highly organized, able to multi-task and have a proven ability to work well with others in a team environment.
    Other duties as required.


  • Research Technician I required qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related scientific discipline.
    • Basic laboratory skills and scientific knowledge in the area of study and 1-2 years previous experience with small rodent animal (mice, rats and/or guinea pigs) models is preferred.
  • Research Technician II required qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related scientific discipline.
    • Intermediate level position requiring 3+ years previous experience working in a laboratory.
    • 2+ years of experience working with small rodent (mice, rats and/or guinea pigs) animal models is preferred.
  • Applicants are preferred to have 1+ years of experience working with small rodent (mice, rats and/or guinea pigs) animal models and experience performing minor animal procedures.
  • Experience with general methods in molecular biology, histology and tissue culture in a quality-conscious, high-throughput environment is also preferred.
  • Preference will be given to those with experience working in virology.
  • A high level of professionalism and respectful communication with animal health staff are required for this position.

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 [email protected] or by calling 206-667-4700.

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