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Staff Scientist

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Seattle, WA

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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 and largest 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.

The Tobacco and Health Behavior Science Research Group (led by Dr. Jonathan Bricker) is part of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson. Funded by multiple large NIH grants totaling over $14 million USD, the Group's research program focuses on developing technology interventions for tobacco cessation and other health behavior change, rigorously testing them in randomized trials, and then disseminating them with the goal of high public health impact. Technologies for delivering these interventions include smartphone applications, websites, and telephone counseling. One of the core behavioral approaches the Group is testing is a form of therapy called Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).

The Group is seeking a Scientist who shares our mission of using rigorous behavioral science and technology to directly impact public health. The position opening comes at an exciting time of expansion for the Group, as we broaden the technology platforms for delivering intervention and include a focus now on weight loss interventions. The Staff Scientist will closely collaborate with Dr. Bricker and the Group. The Scientist's primary duties will be to write and collaborate on: (1) scientific articles from our clinical trial data, and (2) grant applications focused on technologies for tobacco cessation or weight loss. Excellent administrative and research staff support is provided. Salary is highly competitive, commensurate with experience, and excellent medical/dental benefits are included.

Writing scientific manuscripts for publication

Writing grant applications

Presenting research at scientific conferences

Remaining aware of advances in ACT, mindfulness, e-health/m-health technologies, tobacco cessation, and obesity intervention research and integrate them appropriately.

Contribute to trial design, analysis planning, and interpretation

Co-mentoring post-doctoral and pre-doctoral research trainees

Participate in and lead project and full team meetings


PhD in Psychology, or a related field of health, from a strong academic research program

At least two years of postdoctoral research experience in behavioral intervention research

First-authored research publications in smoking cessation or obesity

Record of high quality scholarly productivity in the area of behavioral interventions

Successful track record in grant writing

Experience as an investigator or postdoctoral researcher on a health research grant

Excellence in scientific writing and oral presentation skills

Interest in clinical trial methodology, optimization designs (e.g., MOST), and statistics

A long-term interest in a non-tenure line research scientist position

Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team


Training and experience in technology-delivered interventions

Training in dissemination research

Training in optimization designs

Clinical training in one or more of the following: ACT, behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or Motivational Interviewing

A passion for helping those who smoke tobacco or are obese

We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, 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 (see application details) or by calling (see application details).

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About Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Arnold Building and Vessel sculpture on the Hutchinson Center campus The Arnold Building and Vessel sculpture sit at the heart of the Hutchinson Center campus. At Fred Hutch, our interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit of, and passion for, health knowledge and hope to their work and the world. Together, our researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, when cure rates are highest; developing effective treatments with fewer side effects; and learning how to prevent cancers from growing in the first place. Our groundbreaking discoveries began in the 1970s with Dr. E. Donnall Thomas’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation, which led to him receiving the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Since then, Hutch researchers have made a number of breakthroughs, including developing immunotherapies that use the immune system to defeat cancer and advancing the understanding of human biology. Admittedly, the eradication of cancer and other life-threatening diseases is an ambitious goal, one that demands tenacity, scientific excellence, collaboration and breakthrough creativity. To accomplish this, Fred Hutch attracts some of the world's greatest minds. Nobel laureate medal Dr. E. Donnall Thomas won the 1990 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for pioneering bone marrow transplantation. Our roster of internationally acclaimed scientists includes a MacArthur fellow, seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, five members of the Institute of Medicine, six members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, nine members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and eight current and former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Fred Hutch understands that disease research means more than searching for new treatments. We are home to the country's largest and oldest cancer prevention program, which has made key contributions to understanding how diet, exercise and other factors reduce the risk of acquiring the disease. To accelerate our progress, we are part of the Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium. This research and clinical collaboration between the Hutch, the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance enables our researchers to leverage each institution’s strengths and develop premier research programs across many types of disease. The Consortium is among 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide.

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