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The Research Technician position is in a service laboratory within the Specimen Processing lab, a Fred Hutch Shared Resources Core Facility. The laboratory provides cell banking services to researchers at the Hutch and around the world.
The technician will be responsible for the processing of human blood samples, including isolation, purification, and cryopreservation of lymphocytes and the transformation, expansion, and cryopreservation of B-lymphoblastoid cell lines. Candidates should be familiar with the use of molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR, and DNA typing.
Responsibilities will also include the performance of quality control procedures for tissue culture and DNA, the recording of data and maintenance of a laboratory database, and participation in the prioritization of laboratory activities.
The position may involve work on some weekends and/or evenings.
Bachelors degree in a biological field is required
At lease one year experience in a biotechnology type lab is required
At least 3-6 months of tissue culture experience is required
Experience with standard molecular biology techniques, and DNA quantification and purification is required
Motivation and willingness to work with blood samples and a large number of cultured cell lines
Organizational skills and the ability to take detailed and accurate laboratory notes are essential
Ability to multi-task with precise attention to detail is especially critical
Must be able to work under pressure in a highly-dynamic environment where priorities can shift without advance warning
Experience with clinical sample processing is required
Experience using computer application software, including MS Excel and PowerPoint is required
The ability and desire to work cooperatively with others in a team environment
Flexibility regarding the work schedule
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.