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
- 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
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
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 a year)RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEORecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Great place to work straight out of college! Started out as a Research Technician I, but was quickly promoted to a Research Technician II, then III within a year and half of working there. Was allowed to research my own project, and gained valuable skills working with mice, IHC, ELISA, qRT-PCR, etc.
None! I absolutely loved my time there. Especially beer hour. Free beer every Friday, can't turn that down!
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The lab I worked in was very well managed. Research went smoothly, papers were put out regularly, we all got along.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.
It started with a phone call from HR person for a screening conversation. Then had a phone interview with the hiring manager the following day. This phone interview was easy "tell me about your experience with..." questions. Then had 2 in person interviews, both seemed to go well, with questions that were really designed to not have 'right' or 'wrong' answers. Definitely several people had socially ackward communication styles (several people at the interview would speak with no eye contact, mumble, speak like they were talking to a table across the room). Social ackwardness is totally not a big deal from my perspective though, but some people might not be, so I'm mentioning that. It took about 3 weeks after applying to have phone interview, then another week for 1st in person interview, then another 2 weeks for the 2nd in person interview.
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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.