Lab Technician II – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Seattle, WA

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Job details
Job Type

Full Job Description
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.

In this role, we are seeking a CLIA Laboratory Technician to assist with the daily operation of the Clinical Trials Pathology lab (CTP). The technician will support testing personel by following standard operating procedure for sample intake and handling, equipment maintenance, reagent preparation, inventory, organization, and CLIA documentation, with oversight and guidance.
The incumbent will work under the guidance of others involved in the laboratory or the associated research in performing the following tasks:
  • Receive and accession incoming samples including accurate labeling of cassettes and slides, routing, and tracking
  • Perform and document routine daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • File and organize slides, paraffin blocks, and paperwork
  • Package, ship, and track samples requiring return to outside laboratories
  • Participate in group meetings with laboratory staff, pathologists, and medical director
  • Prepare reagents from detailed laboratory procedures and document that quality control standards are being met
  • Peform periodic inventory of reagents and samples stored in CTP
  • Submit stained slides to digital pathology for scanning and manage the storing and sharing of images
  • Assist in organizing work and storage space and in general lab upkeep
  • Monitor hazardous waste levels and coordinate with EH&S when needed
  • Perform routine histology support as needed
  • Occasionally act as specimen courier between UWMC or SCCA and FHCRC
  • Perform other duties, as assigned
  • The minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with one year of formal or on the job training/experience in a laboratory setting
  • Familiarity with histotechnology is highly desirable but not required
  • Knowledge of medical terminology is required
  • The successful technician must be able to work accurately and efficiently, be detail oriented, and work both independently and within a group. Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills are required
  • This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work positively in a customer oriented environment. In addition, the technician in this position must be flexible, independent, and skilled at organizing and prioritizing tasks
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer is desirable

In addition to job duties at Fred Hutch, this position also requires access to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which requires COVID-19 vaccination without exceptions.
Accordingly, as a condition of employment for this Fred Hutch position, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment.

statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity: We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


Share This Post