Research Associate (PhD or MD)

Seattle, Washington State
Based on experience
October 16 2020
Organization Type

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.   


A Clinical Research Division laboratory that studies hematopoietic stem cell and T cell biology and develops novel gene therapy and gene editing strategies is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow or research associate to participate in preclinical and in vivo studies.



The position involves additional responsibilities, such as:

  • Development of immunological assays, processing of primary tissue samples, and culture/analysis of cells infected with HIV and related viruses.
  • The candidate will study and develop methods to characterize immune responses against gene and cell therapy products, and will work under the PI and other senior members of the research team.
  • The candidate will be expected to work closely within a diverse team of bench scientists, graduate students, and post-graduate team leaders, and publish and present their work in both internal and external events.



  • A PhD or MD in a scientific field is required. 
  • The individual must possess knowledge of advanced immunology assays, including extensive multi color flow cytometry experience. 
  • Previous experience in infectious and/or genetic diseases, and a background in hematopoietic stem cell and/or T cell biology are highly desired.
  • Cellular immunology experience required.
  • Experience is preferred in one or more of the following areas: hematopoietic stem cell cultures/model systems, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell manufacturing, in vivo studies, flow-assisted cell sorting, and/or molecular biology techniques e.g. quantitative PCR and plasmid cloning.
  • Previous experience in gene therapy/gene editing, and/or basic bioinformatics is desired, but not required.
  • To be successful in this position, the candidate must be highly motivated and able to work independently to design and execute experiments, possess a high level of initiative and attention to detail, and must also be able to multi-task and prioritize a diverse experimental portfolio.
  • The candidate must also be capable of working independently in a team environment.
  • Candidates with excellent organizational skills and communication skills (written and oral) are encouraged to apply.
  • A cover letter, including a research statement is required.


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through 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 HR Operations at or by calling 206-667-4700.

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