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Research Assistant

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Research Assistant

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, 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 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 Cancer Epidemiology Research Program in the Public Health Sciences Division is seeking a highly motivated individual to support multiple, complex cancer research studies involving health and behavioral interventions. The Cancer Epidemiology Program is part of the Fred Hutch’s Division of Public Health Sciences, home of an extensive portfolio of population science research, large specimen and data repositories, a SEER cancer registry, a prevention center designed for intervention research and a multidisciplinary faculty. The Fred Hutch, together with the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center with training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


Under the direction of the CERC project managers and coordinators, the person in this position will assist with a wide variety of data collection activities to support a number of different studies in CERC. Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, organization skills, and ability to produce high quality work within a collaborative team are critical to this position.

The Assistant will perform some or all of the job duties listed below:
  • Provide office support to multiple epidemiologic cancer research studies.
  • Help generate participant materials and copy and collate these as needed.
  • Assemble packets and mail to participants.
  • Enter data into study databases, including questionnaire data, study forms, and specimens.
  • Track participant information in REDCap.
  • Scan medical records and other study documents.
  • Assist with specimens in the CERC freezers: prepare, log and file specimens, locate and pull specimens, assist with shipment prep and specimen mapping and inventories.
  • Carry out special projects and perform related duties as assigned.


  • High level of attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to organize and track a multitude of tasks.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and Outlook desired.
  • Must be able to stoop and bend to retrieve records from files and specimens from freezers.
  • Experience working in an academic or scientific research environment preferred.
Fred Hutch 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 provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.
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 hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.

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