Research Technician II - Quantitative/Evolution (ML-24546)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Job Location: 
Seattle, WA
Salary DOE

Excellent Benefits

Job Description: 

About the Department:

You are invited to apply for a position at the quantitative biology group ( in the division of basic sciences at FHCRC. We are interested in using experimental biology to quantitatively examine "cooperation," because cooperation can be found virtually everywhere: between different cell types (e.g. our body), different individuals (e.g. ant colonies), or different species (e.g. flower-pollinator symbiosis). How can cooperation survive the invasion of cheaters that take but not give? How does cooperation evolve? We plan to study cooperation initially using an engineered system in which two complementary types of yeast cells can only survive when both types are present.

Major Duties:

We are looking for a responsible and highly organized individual who desires the fun and challenges of solving complex biological problems. This is ideal for an individual who is interested in doing research in preparation for going to graduate and/or medical school, training new students, and has had exposure to molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, chemistry, or physics. Alternatively, it may also be ideal for an individual who wants to do research in a lab setting and desires to grow with the lab. Comfort with computer programming and ability to analyze complex datasets independently is a big plus.

The incumbent will carry out a project related to evolution and/or quantitative biology. The incumbent will also be responsible for making common reagents for the lab and participating in daily activities and duties of the lab. Finally, the incumbent will aid in the completion of other ongoing projects in the lab as needed. This position offers the opportunity to present substantial research results at conferences and gain authorship in research articles.


A BS or higher in a relevant field such as biology, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, biophysics, physics, or chemistry is required. Prior research experience of at least one year is preferred.

Eagerness to learn, meticulousness to details, a strong sense of responsibility, diligence, and good problem-solving and communication abilities are required. The ideal candidate will have had experience with solution making, molecular biology, and ability to faithfully follow protocols, although equivalent lab research experience in chemistry and physics is fine as well.

Contact Information: 

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please visit and reference job# 24546

Please state your interests and/or previous experience in quantitative/evolution biology in your cover letter. Please also state your educational and career goals as well as your timeframe in which you'd like to achive these goals.

Please be sure to copy and paste the text of both your cover letter and resume in to the text box when prompted. Applications must have a statement of interest or cover letter to be considered for this position. Candidates of interest will be asked to provide an unofficial transcript and letters of recommendation from their research advisors.

About Our Organization: 

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center's five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Hutchinson Center, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Children's, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. Join us and make a difference!