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The Preclinical Services Research Technician provides support for the Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX) program as well as other preclinical cancer model services provided by the Department of Comparative Medicine (CM) at Fred Hutch. In support of the PDX Program and other preclinical services this position will perform a variety of technical procedures related to studies, keep appropriate records, maintain databases, manage breeding, and stay within the specifications of IACUC approved protocols. This position will be expected to operate specialized equipment and to perform specialized procedures as required. Completion of these tasks will be expected to be conducted independently. A clear understanding of research protocols is required for the work. This position will report to the PDX Program Lead.
The Preclinical Services Research Technician is classified as essential personnel and, as such, is required to work with minimal amount of absences and during all Center closures except in the event of a major disaster when access to animal housing and use facilities is prohibited by governmental emergency personnel.
Team Work Work as a team with other CM staff as needed. Become cross-trained in order to serve as back-up for other CM services and organizational staff as needed. Work on call, weekend, evening, or holiday shifts as part of a rotation, as needed or as assigned
Follow safe animal and equipment handling guidelines and SOPs
Manage a murine breeding colony
Maintain and prepare laboratory reagents, stocks and media. Clean and autoclave surgical instruments and maintain laboratory equipment (clippers, pipet holders, scope etc.) and track inventory levels, restock and reorder surgical supplies
Support maintenance of specimen samples, process and store specimen samples and thaw and prepare frozen samples for implantation. Maintain accurate logs. Coordinate with customers and collaborators on sample pick and delivery
Assist PDX Lead as directed, and perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree or associate degree in animal science or related field
Minimum one year of murine handling experience
Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new systems and techniques
Basic understanding of translational research using in vivo models
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Experience in performing research using murine models
Experience in murine aseptic surgery
Experience performing lab bench work
Experience as a Veterinary Technician
AALAS certification at the LAT level is recommended, and persons hired for this position should continue to pursue this certification as soon as possible once eligible until achieved
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