Research Technician 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. 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.

A Clinical Research Division laboratory that studies hematopoietic stem cell biology and is developing novel genetic modification strategies for stem cell gene therapies is recruiting a Research Technician II to assist with 1) the large scale production of non-infectious retroviruses (foamy virus) for gene therapy studies and 2) tracking of retrovirus integration sites in cell populations using Next-Generation Sequencing technology.

The position will involve additional responsibilities, such as culture and analysis of cells infected with HIV and related viruses. This position affords the motivated technician an opportunity to develop and utilize tissue culture and virology skills, as well as molecular biology and bioinformatics skills.

Minimum Qualifications:
- This position requires a bachelor's degree in a biological science and 2+ years of experience. M.S. Degree is also acceptable in lieu of additional experience.
- Laboratory experience with cell cultures and molecular biological techniques is required.
- To be successful in this position, the technician must be highly motivated, have a high level of initiative, work carefully with close attention to detail, and keep detailed records.
- S/he must also be capable of working independently as part of a multi-disciplinary team and have excellent interpersonal skills.
- Self-motivated candidates with excellent organizational skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications
- Experience with hematopoietic cell cultures, techniques used in virology and basic bioinformatics is desired.
- High throughput sequencing utilizing Next-Generation Sequencing technology, viral vector preparation, qPCR, flow cytometry, and cell separation techniques also preferred.
- Previous experience preparing samples for Illumina platform sequencing or similar technology is ideal.

If interested, please apply online at

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