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Research Technician II, Cell Biology

at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Posted: 9/19/2019
Job Reference #: 14147
Keywords: research, lab

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  • Job ID
    Regular Full-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.

    A hallmark of many diseases and cancers is a dysfunctional cytoskeleton. A properly functioning cytoskeleton is needed for a wide variety of cellular events ranging from cell shape to cell signaling and migration/metastasis. The Parkhurst laboratory in the Basic Sciences Division at Fred Hutch uses multidisciplinary approaches to study these dynamic structural elements in various processes including wound repair and nuclear architecture/organization. Our goal is to understand the role of these elements in regulating normal developmental events and how this regulation goes awry in diseases/cancers, thereby providing new avenues for possible therapeutic targets or to enhance the effectiveness of existing treatment modalities.

    Our current research efforts are divided among studies of: (1) Molecular and cellular mechanisms of single cell wound repair, and (2) Actin and microtubule cytoskeleton dynamics mediated by the Rho1 small GTPase and its effectors; and (3) Nuclear architecture and organization.


    • The research technician will primarily carry out an independent research project that involves cell biology, developmental genetics, and molecular biology.
    • The technician will participate in lab meetings and journal clubs.
    • Other responsibilities include general lab maintenance (ordering, caring for Drosophila flies, fly media preparation), and other duties as needed.

    This is an ideal position for a recent graduate who wants to gain an intense research experience before pursuing graduate and/or medical school.


    • A bachelor’s degree in a biological science and bench research experience are required.
    • Reliability is essential.
    • Good verbal and written communication skills.
    • Good interpersonal skills.
    • To be successful in this position, the technician must have scientific curiosity, a high level of self-motivation, the ability to take instruction and correction and to follow directions, good organizational skills, the ability to work and think independently, and wants to stay at least two years.
    • Must be able to distinguish different intensities and hues of red color.

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