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The focus of research conducted in Dr. William Gradys laboratory in the Clinical Research Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Research is the study of the molecular and cell biology of gastrointestinal cancer as well as the role of genetic and epigenetic alterations in cancer. Under general supervision of the PI and the Principal Staff Scientist in the lab, the Research Technician will perform varied support functions requiring knowledge and skills specific to the research study.
Collection and processing of human and murine tissue samples
DNA, RNA extraction from fresh frozen or formalin fixed paraffin-embedded human tissue samples
Proficient with real-time PCR technology
Protein extraction, cell fractionation, western blot, and immunoprecipitation
Responsible for the organization of specimen inventory in short-term and long-term storage
In vitro cell culture experiments
Maintain a database used for organizing the current inventory and tracking the location of specific information/specimens
Collect and analyze data
Monitor adherence to study protocol
Inform PI of deviations from study protocol
Attend project meetings
Keep detailed records for experiments
Maintain a high level of accuracy for all work
To be successful in this position, the technician must be highly self-motivated and trustworthy. They should be willing to take up new skills and responsibilities, follow instructions, and capable of working independently in a teamwork environment.
A bachelors degree major in one of the biological sciences
Strong background in molecular biology and cell biology
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Competency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and Adobe Photoshop
Prior knowledge and skills in epi/genetic studies are preferred
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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.