Research Technician III-IV, Gastrointestinal Cancer Research

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

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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 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.

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We are seeking highly motivated and experienced technician to help build and establish neighboring laboratories studying liver and pancreatic cancer in the Human Biology Division of the FHCRC. The employee will work with two Assistant Members to purchase major and minor equipment, establish common laboratory protocols, orient and train new members of the lab and perform specific long-term experiments. This work will include maintenance of genetically engineered mouse colonies, mammalian cell tissue culture, western blotting, quantitative PCR, and maintenance and organization of laboratory supplies (making common buffers, ordering disposables, etc) and reagents (cell lines, plasmids, tissue samples). A successful applicant will have the opportunity for long-term employment and multiple publications.

The Research Tech III/IV works independently under the guidance of and in conjunction with the Principal Investigator in accomplishing the goals of the laboratory. Consistently uses high degree of discretion and judgment in designing and carrying out experiments which support laboratory goals.

The Research Tech III will be responsible for performing standard and investigative laboratory work in support of scientific research by performing bench-level experiments, operating analytical instruments, recovering, compiling and verifying the accuracy of research data; performing calculations; preparing charts, graphs and summaries. Supervises others in these activities.

The Research Tech IV will also be responsible for design and implementation of major experimental projects essential to the laboratory's scientific research goals. Has developed an extensive and specialized knowledge of the scientific principles, concepts and technology related to the laboratory's research. Evaluates the effectiveness of specific methods and procedures for particular projects. Prepares scientific papers and presentations.

ResearchTech III:
- May lead or supervise other laboratory personnel and be responsible for the daily operation of the laboratory.
- Collaborate with primary investigator, and assist in designing experiments; examine proposals to determine projects and methodologies best suited to research objectives and the overall goals of the laboratory.
- Summarize and write for publication or presentation the results of research projects, often as co-author or author. Edit and write reports of research.
- Consult with the Principal Investigator and others in the scientific community on problems and related projects.
- Determine the most suitable methods to be used in research; determine appropriate experimental controls.
- Conduct literature reviews to assist in determining most suitable methods to be used in research.

In Addition to Tech III responsibilities, a Tech IV will also:
- Be independently responsible and accountable for design and implementation of a major project related to the research goals of the lab.
- Maintains communication with others in the scientific community regarding issues related to both the general project area and the specific research project.
- Utilizes literature reviews, protocols, networking and prior laboratory experience to determine the most suitable methods and resources to be used in research.
- Summarize and write for publication or presentation the results of research projects, often as co-author or author. Write and edit reports of research.
- Responsible for the daily operation of the laboratory; may lead or supervise other laboratory personnel.

- The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced research technician with a BS or MS in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology or a related field and 6 years of technical laboratory experience in an academic or industry setting to qualify for the Research Tech III.
- A Research Tech IV should have a minimum of eight years related experience and the proven abilitity and knowledge necessary to conduct research independently
- The position requires a high level of organization, attention to detail, strong written and oral communication skills, and an ability to work independently or in a group setting.
- Specific experience in murine animal husbandry and mammalian cell tissue culture is required. Additional experience in bioinformatics, flow cytometry, Western blotting, qPCR and pathology/IHC is preferred.

Please apply by submitting a CV, a brief cover letter (not more than 1-2 pages) and contact information for three references.

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