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Research Technician I-II, Biology of Tumor Cell Clusters


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 research technician position (full-time) is immediately available in the Cheung laboratory within Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Translational Research Program. The Cheung lab focuses on molecular mechanisms explaining why tumor cells invade and metastasize as clusters of cells. Through our studies, we aim to uncover the fundamental principles of collective migration, intercellular signaling, and multicellular drug resistance. Our ultimate mission is to guide the innovation of new therapies for metastatic breast cancer patients.


This position will work under the Principal Investigator and a senior laboratory technician, and work with the laboratory personnel. The individual will use discretion and judgment in carrying out the following job duties. In addition to work aiding others in the laboratory, the individual will be responsible for conducting and completing an individual research project.
  • Culture murine and human organoids for 3D culture experiments.
  • Assist in management of our murine colony, including breeding, genotyping, and weaning litters.
  • Conduct immunofluorescent staining of tissues, followed by imaging and analysis.
  • Conduct time-lapse microscopy of tumor organoids
  • Conduct literature reviews to assist in determining most suitable methods to be used in research.
  • Will have the opportunity to perform an individual research project
  • Assist in publication of results by proofreading, editing, and contributing ideas
  • May perform statistical analyses, write computer programs, or manage research database
  • Assist in general lab maintenance and tasks
  • Perform other duties as required


A Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences and prior research lab experience outside of coursework required. Experience with either culturing and expanding mammalian cells or working with murine models required. Two or more years of professional research lab experience preferred. The ideal candidate will be highly-organized, have a demonstrated strong attention to detail, and an enthusiasm to conduct new techniques.

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