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Lab Aide (Work Study)-Boeckh Lab

at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Posted: 9/18/2019
Job Status: Internship
Job Reference #: 14283

Job Description

  • Job ID
    Regular Part-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Laboratory Research Sciences
  • Overview

    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 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 Boeckh lab, a busy, diverse, applied clinical research lab, is seeking a work-study student to assist with our work studying viral infections in immunocompromised populations. The successful candidate will work collaboratively as part of a team to ensure that clinical research specimens are acquired, processed and stored according to a wide variety of research protocols. The candidate will also help operate the Infectious Disease Sciences Biospecimen Repository, a valuable resource that includes more than 300,000 biospecimens spread across 20+ freezers that have been collected over a 40-year period. With interest and experience in our lab, the individual may assist with additional opportunities in research. This position offers exposure to faculty and staff across a broad range of careers in clinical research and is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a future in clinical research or medicine.

    Ideal candidates will be available for 12-19 hours per week. A reliable schedule with fixed hours in the afternoon each week (minimum of two days) is essential (can change by school term). Early evening hours are a possibility once training is complete.


    • Process specimens for research use according to a wide variety of protocols
    • Maintain study and specimen tracking and inventory records
    • Put together sampling kits and distribute to study sites/patients
    • Review and improve inventory of existing biospecimen repository collections
    • Locate and retrieve specimens in response to investigator requests
    • General lab and equipment maintenance
    • Assist with research projects as directed


    Off-Campus Work Study authorization is required for this position. All students must provide a Financial Aid Award Letter or an Authorization to work off-campus to verify their eligibility if selected for this position.

    • Must have a high school diploma or GED, with an interest in laboratory or clinical research and healthcare.
    • Preferred candidates will be enrolled in a college program (university or community college).
    • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel and Access) and effective verbal and written communication skills are also desired.
    • The ideal candidate will be skilled at organizing and prioritizing work in a high throughput setting, independent and highly motivated. Accuracy and attention to detail is essential.

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