Research Techn II

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Job Location
Seattle, WA
Job Description

Cures Start Here.
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 with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation's first and largest 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.
The McGuire lab, within the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, is recruiting an experienced research technician to assist with a project involving the characterization of anti-HIV antibodies elicited by vaccination. Additionally, the candidate will perform some general lab duties. The candidate will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator or other senior investigators.

Works under the direction of the Principal Investigator or higher-level laboratory personnel. Uses discretion and judgment in performance of duties.

Performs the duties as follows:
- Perform immunochemical assays, such as ELISA and Western Blotting
- Antibody purification from Human serum
- B cell sorting and antibody cloning
- Cell culturing and virus neutralization assays
- Identify methodological problems in research protocol and implement modifications to optimize experimental results. Conduct literature reviews to assist in determining most suitable methods to be used in research.
- Prepare and present written or oral progress reports concerning studies including assembly, organization, and interpretation of data. Assist in publication of results by proofreading, editing, and contributing ideas.
- Assist in the design of experiments; may be responsible for the performance of individual research projects.
- Operate and carry out basic maintenance of laboratory equipment.
- Order and maintain appropriate levels of supplies.
- May perform statistical analyses, write computer programs, or manage research data base.
- Perform other duties as required.

Masters level preferred, or BA/BS degree required with preference for Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or similar areas of focus. On-hands experience with diverse aspects of Immunology (Flow cytometry), and molecular biology (PCR) is required. Experience in mouse work is also desired. Additional expertise with tissue culture and immunological assays is a plus. The candidate must be someone with great attention to detail, well-organized, self-motivated, and able to efficiently manage time and experiments. Salary will be commensurate with (appropriate) experience.

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