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Preclinical Modeling Specialist I

Society for Conservation Biology
Seattle, Washington, US
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

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Academic / Research, Nonprofit
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.

With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world's leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world's deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.

At Fred Hutch we value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.

The Preclinical Modeling Specialist I is responsible for supporting the preclinical research needs of researchers using transgenic and preclinical mouse models, including patient-derived xenografts, at Fred Hutch. The PCM Specialist will perform a variety of technical procedures including microinjection, embryo transfer, and other basic surgical procedures to support the science of creating and maintaining preclinical mouse models.

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, all employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to our values of collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity, and respect.
Responsibilities Research Support : Following SOPs, perform essential tasks in the development of preclinical mouse models such as tasks related to mouse husbandry and colony management such as setting up breeding pairs, manage breeding rotations and setting up timed pregnancies. Additional research support tasks include managing surgical mouse models. This position is expected to be proficient with basic transgenic mouse techniques such as embryo handling and manipulation, embryo transfer surgeries, and gamete cryopreservation. Research development: Establish and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with faculty and external users to identify preclinical mouse model needs. Equipment Oversight: Coordinate and complete maintenance on basic equipment used in preclinical modeling core such as microscopes and surgical supplies. Assist in supply management and preparation. Training and Education : Assist in developing team SOPs, and training materials and guidelines for investigator use. Regulatory and Compliance: Assure that all work done is in accordance with an approved protocol. Other duties as assigned including work on weekends, evenings, or holiday shifts as part of a rotation. The PCM Specialist is classified as essential personnel and, as such, is required to work with minimal number 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. Qualifications
  • Required: Bachelor's degree - Field of Education: Science, engineering, zoology, or related field and 1 year of experience with rodent handling and husbandry
  • Work Experience can be substituted for education: 2-3+ years of research using murine models, lab bench experience, experience with aseptic surgery or procedures.

  • Preferred: AALAS certification at the LAT or higher level is recommended, and persons hired for this position should continue to pursue this certification as soon as possible once eligible until achieved.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new systems and techniques;
  • Ability to learn and operate all PCM procedural techniques
  • Basic understanding of preclinical research using in vivo models;
  • Excellent communication skills and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team-oriented environment;
  • Experience with MS Office suite of applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, Sharepoint, Teams, One Drive, etc);
  • Record keeping and database management
  • Basic rodent handling and procedural/ surgical skills
  • Small animal surgeries using stereomicroscope

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must, prior to their first day of employment: Provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ; ORInitiate the accommodations process to request a religious or medical accommodation (medical accommodations require a healthcare provider's certification).

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

The hourly pay range for this position is from $27.52 to $39.18 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months).
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 Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700. #J-18808-Ljbffr #J-18808-Ljbffr

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