Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Flow Cytometry Specialist I

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


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.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   


The Lab Technician II/Flow Cytometry Specialist I provides flow cytometry services to Center and external laboratories. The incumbent reports to the Flow Cytometry Director and works independently in performing daily responsibilities according to established procedures.


  • Maintain, calibrate and operate the flow cytometers to meet established performance and safety standards.
  • Perform periodic and as needed instrument maintenance.
  • Run samples for investigators as requested.
  • Instruct investigators in the proper use of equipment, data collection and analysis, providing individual assistance as necessary.
  • Provide researchers advice in panel design and experimental troubleshooting.
  • Maintain accurate department records including instrument use logs, materials used, supply inventories, capital equipment lists, equipment maintenance lists, department purchases and accounting records.
  • Prepare instrument billing for flow cytometry facility use.
  • Maintain current knowledge of advances in flow cytometry and recommend improved laboratory equipment as necessary.
  • Maintain current knowledge of laboratory data collection and analysis and recommend updated software and equipment as necessary.
  • Perform other responsibilities as required.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical or biological science.
  • Experience working with flow cytometry, either as a researcher using instrumentation or in a core facility/service roll.
  • Demonstrated skill in working with electronics, equipment and machinery in a lab environment.
  • Significant knowledge of laboratory data collection.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Molecular and cell biology experience.
  • Familiarity with or experience in optical systems, instrument analysis.


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.

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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