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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Why Work For Us?

​​At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 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, Hutchinson Center 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, the Hutchinson Center attracts some of the world's greatest minds.

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.

The Hutchinson Center 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 Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / University of Washington Cancer Consortium. This research and clinical collaboration between the Hutchinson Center, 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 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide.

​​Since its founding in 1975, the Hutchinson Center has earned a reputation as an excellent employer. Employees enjoy a generous benefits package, comprehensive support services, state-of-the-art facilities and a collaborative environment—all while supporting a highly satisfying mission.

The Hutchinson Center employs more than 2,700 people in a wide range of occupations - scientific and nonscientific alike - from biologists to electricians, biostatisticians to accountants, laboratory technicians to office assistants.

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​​Employee Benefits Summary

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Subsidized health insurance for families and domestic partners
  • Employer-paid life and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for health and day care
  • Retirement savings plans
  • Paid vacation, holidays, personal days
  • Employee assistance program
  • Wellness program

Outstanding Facilities

  • State-of-the-art laboratories
  • Comprehensive commuting options
  • Advanced library services, open 24/7 to staff
  • On-campus cafeterias and coffee bars
  • Showers, locker room, bicycle cages
  • Campus architecture incorporates conservation techniques
  • South Lake Union location, close to downtown
  • Smoke-free environment

Support Services

Policies that Empower Employees

  • Employee advisory committee
  • Commitment to workforce diversity
  • Statement of values which supports scientific excellence, respect, openness and innovation

Professional Training Classes

  • Skill-building
  • Computer
  • Management

Quality of Life

  • NAEYC accredited on-site daycare
  • Many positions support flexible work hours
  • Sabbatical opportunities
  • On-site exercise classes

Our campus is located on the shores of Lake Union, with Mt. Rainier in the distance.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center occupies spectacular, modern facilities on the 15-acre Robert W. Day Campus. The campus overlooks South Lake Union, Seattle's downtown lakefront neighborhood, and is about one mile from the famous Space Needle.

Surrounded by the vibrant city and the natural beauty of the lake and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the South Lake Union neighborhood is emerging as Seattle's hub for life sciences research organizations.

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    Excellent research environment with great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Research Technician  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time for more than 3 years


    Flexible work schedule, which will depend on where exactly you are working. Excellent benefits package and additional health programs. Atmosphere is fantastic and the campus setting is beautiful.


    Some labs can be difficult depending on the PI. Not really anywhere to advance to in research.

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    They called about a month after application. Interview with HR lasted about an hour. I then scheduled interview with Dept Head about a week later. Started work a couple days after that. Everything seemed organized and that if they call you for an interview you will get hired unless you mess up terribly.

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Awards & Accolades

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MacArthur Fellows Program - Dr. Mark Roth, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2011
Best Places to Work 2011 - 3rd in Nation for Academia, The Scientist, 2011
Top 10 Best Places to Work for Postdocs, The Scientist Magazine, 2011
Best Places to Work 2009 - in Academia, The Scientist, 2009
Favorite Biotech Company,, 2009
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Additional Info

Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1975
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, scientists have the freedom to conduct creative research that leads to lifesaving discoveries. Our world-renowned team has made significant breakthroughs related to cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our pioneering research has saved hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.

Mission: The elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death.

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