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, Fred 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.

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

​​Since its founding in 1975, Fred Hutch 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 Hutch 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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    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 8 years)


    The organization's mission makes it easy to stay motivated and engaged Good work/life balance Excellent benefits


    Salaries not competitive Many employees have their own offices, which does not seem like the most efficient use of multi-million dollar buildings by a not-for-profit

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    The campus is far nicer than it should be. It would be preferable to see a higher level of frugality as far as facilities are concerned, switching to higher density and more open workspaces, leaving funding for more important initiatives. Sadly, I think the argument is probably that a world-class campus attracts world-class researchers, it shouldn't be that way.

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    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in June 2015.


    Phonecall from HR recruiter 1 week after I applied, with basic interview questions and my availability for in person interviews. Two weeks later, I had an in person interview with the Program Director and another PM. They gave an overview of their program for about 15 minutes, and then had questions for about 30 minutes. Overall they were polite, but didn't seem to be interested in my responses to their questions. Seemed like they were trying to scare me with how complicated the position was (I've been in Clinical Research for over 15 years), and it seems like an odd approach at an interview.

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    The group didn't seem like they communicate well. For me, who I work with is almost as important as what I am doing.

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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