Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Cytogenetic Technologist II - Per Diem

Job ID
Regular Per-Diem
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine. One extraordinary group whose sole mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for our patients. SCCA's purpose is to provide state-of-the-art, patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond.

Every individual at SCCA plays a unique role in supporting our mission. Our collective success hinges on each of us conducting ourselves in accord with a set of core values:

  • We are patient-centered. Everything we do must be linked to our ability to deliver better, safer outcomes for our patients.
  • We are innovative. We nurture an environment that fosters unconventional thinking, a passion for discovery, and the open-mindedness to invite discovery from unexpected places.
  • We are respectful. We are deeply respectful of our patients, their families, and each of our colleagues who serve them in so many different and important ways.
  • We are collaborative. We understand that asking for and offering help in how to do better is not just a right, but among our most important responsibilities.
  • We are agile. We cannot just be comfortable with change; we must embrace it as proof that we are making progress.
  • We are responsible. Because our work is focused on people's well-being, we approach it with the highest level of ethical, fiduciary, and environmental responsibility.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead disruptive continuous innovations in the fight against cancer.


Under General supervision, this position will perform cytogenetic laboratory procedures leading to the formation of an accurate diagnostic report using the International System for Cytogenetic Nomenclature. Use microscopy and imaging technology to evaluate human chromosomes and prepare karyotypes. The technologist works under the direction of the Supervisor or higher level personnel.  Responsibilities include:

  • Perform benchwork, analysis, and reporting of genetic assays consistently with a high level of accuracy and efficiency
  • Maintain lab areas and equipment including QC and validation documentation. Contribute to design of new or improved processes
  • Perform pre-director tech checking of cases and report in areas of high competency
  • Participate in orientation and training of lab staff
  • Contribute moderately to operations beyond routine testing (assist with quality management, methods development, revising or writing SOPs) under supervision.
  • Troubleshoot basic equipment or assays issues with minimal assistance
  • Be a resource to junior techs for straightforward questions; be able to offer guidance to proceed
  • Help with daily planning to handle workload according to available resources; make solid decisions regarding workflow in the absence of lead
  • Participate in planning for future developments in the lab including changes in workload, staffing needs, workspace needs, equipment or available tests
  • With moderate assistance, may help gather and analyze data for potential publication
  • May be involved in interview process for job applicants and provide input
  • May represent the lab at SCCA meetings to address interdepartmental issues, especially technical issues
  • May contribute to the continuing education of staff either through directly presenting material or investigating other resources


  • Bachelor's Degree in related scientific field
  • Certification as CG(ASCP)CM or MB(ASCP)CM or international equivalent
  • Minimum four years of work experience in a cytogenetics laboratory OR completion of formal certified training program in cytogenetics and two years of work experience in a cytogenetics laboratory
  • Solid knowledge of Cytogenetics of hematological disorders
  • Strong knowledge of related diagnostic testing and of the biology of hematopoietic disorders
  • Basic knowledge of CAP guidelines
  • Ability to works independently on routine and non-routine tasks
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Strong computer, communication, and troubleshooting Skills
  • Ability to inspect or critique the work of associates
  • Advanced ability to apply general guidelines and knowledge to unique situations to make sound decisions

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.


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