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Research Technician I-II, Single Cell Sequencing

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.
At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.    
The Fred Hutch Innovation Laboratory (FHIL) at seeks an enthusiastic and highly motivated technician to join a team of scientists working in a multi-disciplinary environment on the forefront of fundamental and immunotherapy research. FHIL is a new collaborative initiative of the Immunotherapy and Translational Data Science Integrated Research Centers (IIRC and TDS_IRC) with a mission to advance the introduction and development of new immuno-oncology research technologies. FHIL will spur in-house development and early adoption of novel techniques, including advanced single cell RNA spatial sequencing, T- and B-cell receptor sequencing, and other DNA/RNA-based technologies. 
FHIL currently is housed in the Bielas Lab, under the direction of Dr. Bielas. Working with Dr. Bielas, the successful candidate will function with a high degree of independence as they manage daily activities. 
The successful candidate will test new technologies, compare and develop protocols and use these technologies to support ongoing research in immune-oncology. This person will be responsible for comparing and improving protocols, generating data to compare technologies, benchmarking technologies in collaboration with computational biology collaborators. The technician will perform bench-level experiments, operate analytical instruments, and compile and verify the accuracy of experimental data. The technician will also maintain detailed laboratory records, analyze data, and report on experimental results. 
This position requires a high level of organization, a keen eye for detail, and accurate and thorough record keeping. We seek a candidate who is consistent in executing lab protocols and can swiftly adapt and troubleshoot new ones. This position will be extended to a candidate who is creative, passionate, persistent, patient, and critical, with a strong sense of independence, initiative, and drive to propel work forward. We seek a committed candidate who is an effective communicator of science; who is confident and proactive, with excellent interpersonal skills, discipline, readiness to learn and contribute, and eagerness to take on new challenges.
  • Compare and refine protocols for single-cell RNA sequencing and other DNA/RNA based technologies.
  • Generate data to compare new technologies; many of these technologies will focus on single cell techniques but are not limited to this area.
  • Maintain laboratory records of all testing and protocol development and report on the performed work as necessary.
  • Perform bench experiments, generate sequencing libraries, and compile other components of the downstream analysis of large experiments for immunotherapy researchers.
  • Maintain laboratory stocks, cultures, cell lines, reagents, and other supplies.
  • Manage a research database and maintain detailed electronic records.
  • Conduct literature reviews to assist in experimental design, including the identification of alternate methods.
  • Assist in the preparation of scientific manuscripts by contributing ideas, proofreading, and copy editing.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field
  • For the Research Technician I level, must have scientific knowledge in the area of study and basic lab skills. Independent research experience beyond coursework is preferred. 
  • For the Reserach Technician II level, 2 years of previous experience working in a lab outside of college coursework is required. Independent research experience is especially preferred. 
  • Molecular biology experience
  • The candidate must be detail oriented and a fast and willing learner.
  • A strong background in molecular and cellular biology, including cloning, transfection/infection of cells, and PCR is essential
  • Experience in tissue culture, QPCR, ddPCR, NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing), mutational assays, and FACs is highly desirable.
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