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The Tapscott Lab is composed of an interactive group of scientists investigating lineage specification and cell differentiation. The lab focuses on gene transcription in a chromatin context in normal development and disease. Areas of research include gene expression in cell culture models of cell specification and differentiation that includes myogenesis, neurogenesis, and pluripotent stem cells to identify the molecular bases of totipotency, pluripotency, specification, and differentiation. Models derived from these developmental systems are applied to understand human diseases, including cancers and degenerative diseases.
Research technicians are responsible for performing standard and investigative laboratory work in support of scientific research by performing bench-level experiments, operating analytical instruments, recovering, compiling and verifying the accuracy of research data; performing calculations; preparing charts, graphs and summaries. Job duties include:
Perform experiments at the bench level to support investigative work
Prepare and maintain laboratory reagents, stocks, cultures or cell lines
Perform and modify documented protocols and assays
Maintain laboratory records and compile data on experiments and assays
Interpret and report on experimental results
Perform statistical analysis of test results and prepare written reports on work performed
Operate and carry out basic maintenance of laboratory equipment
Order and maintain appropriate levels of supplies
May supervise work-study students
Participate in lab meetings and journal clubs
Research Technician I: Bachelors degree in biology or related fields is required. Must have scientific knowledge in the area of study and basic laboratory skills. Independent research experience in addition to school lab experience is required.
Research Technician II: Bachelors degree in biology or related fields and two years of professional research experience working in a laboratory. A master's degree may, in some cases, substitute for two years of post-graduation lab experience.
A successful candidate will have scientific curiosity, a high level of self-motivation, the ability to take instruction and correction and to follow directions, good organizational skills and the ability to work and think independently. The candidate must have a track record of reliability and good verbal and written communication skills. This is an ideal position for a recent graduate who wants to gain an intense research experience before pursuing graduate school.
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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.