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The Adair Laboratory, is housed within the Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) in Seattle, Washington, a world-leading research institution for scientific advancement in oncology, hematology and cell and gene therapy. The Adair Lab strives to build on recent major advances in the field of gene therapy in hematopoietic stem cells and immunotherapy, to develop novel gene-editing delivery platforms that improve the safety and accessibility of transformative treatments for patients with rare diseases, including hereditary anemias, severe combined immunodeficiencies and genetic metabolic disorders as well as cancer and infectious disease, globally. The core technology developed by the laboratory is a gold nanoparticle chassis with modular targeting components for the delivery of nucleases and nucleic acids, which has been demonstrated to edit hematopoietic stem cells and T-cells in vitro and in vivo .
The Adair lab is a diverse and inclusive environment, passionately dedicated to the advancement of gene therapy for the benefit of all, to the educational and professional development of its team members, as well as to coffee-drinking, pastry consumption, hiking, climbing, kayaking and generally not taking ourselves as seriously as we take our work.
The research associate will probe the biology of nanoparticle-mediated editing of hematopoietic cells in vitro and in vivo and engineer novel nanoparticle formulations to help improve precision cell targeting and efficiency of gene editing. The research associate will be mentored by the PI and other senior members of the research team and will publish and present their work in both internal and external forums, including international conferences. The position will oversee 1-2 research technicians.
Design and execute experiments to evaluate novel regimens for hematopoietic stem cell gene editing in vivo
Investigate kinetics and performance of hematopoietic cells including stem and T cells following treatment methods to improve performance using multiple models of mobilization or localized delivery
Multiparameter flow cytometry and characterization of cell populations pre- and post-treatment
Engage in scientific discussions with academic collaborators to critically evaluate, plan, and steer experiments
Prepare technical reports needed to support exploratory project moving into development
Exercise independent judgment in development of new methods, techniques and evaluation criteria
Manage team of PhD and non-PhD scientists to achieve goals
A PhD, MD or similar advanced degree in a scientific field is preferred. Individuals without an advanced degree, but with extensive relevant training and experience may be considered.
Highly motivated and able to work independently to design and execute experiments as evidenced by a publication record in cell/molecular biology, nanomedicine or gene therapy.
Possess knowledge of cell/molecular biology skills including:
Cell culture including cell lines and primary human hematopoietic stem cells and/or T cells
Assembly of nanomaterials including biological cargo such as RNA, DNA or protein
Molecular biology techniques such as cloning, PCR, DNA, RNA and protein isolation and analysis
Ability to work in a team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize and balance work from multiple sources, be a good lab citizen and colleague
Good problem-solving ability
Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills, with an ability to embrace change and multi-task in an extremely fast-paced environment
Excellent communication skills and ability to influence across multiple functions
Ready to embrace the principles of the Fred Hutch and Adair Lab culture
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A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Cover letter discussing your interest in this position
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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.