Graduate Research Assistant

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 4 weeks ago


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.

The Basic Sciences Division has an opening for a Research Assistant in a laboratory that uses C. elegans as a model system to understand the basic mechanisms underlying the brain's ability to produce sensation, perception and behavior.


We are looking for a dynamic, organized, and highly motivated individual who will be responsible for performing molecular and genetic studies to examine the role of endocytic proteins in the maintenance of synaptic transmission. This position will work under the Principal Investigator and work with the laboratory personnel. The individual will use discretion and judgment in carrying out the following job duties:

  • Perform genetic studies using the nematode C. elegans

  • Manage C. elegans strains, including genotyping, crossing, and freezing strains

  • Imaging genetic encoded fluorescence markers

  • Assist in the design of biochemical experiments; and perform individual research projects

  • Assist in publication of results by contributing ideas


We seek candidates who are highly motivated and interested in molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission. Candidates should have a master's degree or equivalent, and should be proficient in molecular and cellular biology, as well as C. elegans genetics. In addition, candidates should have basic understandings of biophysical measurements (e.g., stopped-flow kinetics analysis)

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Graduate Research Assistant

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center