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This position is in a laboratory that uses molecular, genetic, and cellular techniques to explore the neural mechanisms that underlie the sense of smell and instinctive odor responses in mammals. One major lab focus is how thousands of diverse chemicals are perceived as having different odors. Another is how some chemicals elicit innate responses, such as attraction or aversion, or induce instinctive behaviors, such as fear.
The individual in this position will be involved in projects exploring the neural pathways through which odor signals travel in the brain and/or how the organization of the olfactory system is established during development. The techniques likely to be used include tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and microscope imaging. The incumbent will be responsible for tissue preparation and analysis methods, such as cryostat tissue sectioning and immunostaining. They will also be responsible for general laboratory duties, such as preparation of lab stock solutions, lab maintenance, autoclaving, and/or emptying biohazard waste. Major duties include:
Prepare cryostat brain sections
Conduct immunostaining and in situ hybridization of tissue sections
Conduct microscope imaging and analysis of tissue staining
Follow safety/biohazard precautions and procedures
A high school diploma or GED and enrollment in a university-level science degree program (e.g. biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) are required. Previous or current coursework in biology and/or chemistry and past laboratory experience are preferred
Experience with molecular biology techniques is highly desirable
Demonstrated accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to learn new skills quickly is essential
This position requires work-study eligibility
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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.