• Staff Scientist, Behavioral Science and Technology

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Staff Scientist
  • Overview

    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.


    Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology (HABIT) 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). More information about the Group can be found here: HABIT Group.


    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.


    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a tenure track position


    The Scientist’s primary duties will be to lead and co-author scientific articles from our clinical trial data, as well as contribute to our 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.


    Please note this is not a tenure track position. Based on performance, there is eventual opportunity for promotion within this role to Senior Staff Scientist. There could be opportunities for this Staff Scientist to apply for grants individually, based on performance and candidate interest.


    Responsibilities include:

    • Lead and co-author scientific manuscripts for publication
    • Contribute to writing grant applications and serve as co-investigator of funded grants
    • 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 one year of postdoctoral research experience in behavioral intervention research
    • First-authored and co-authored research publications in smoking cessation or obesity
    • Record of high quality scholarly productivity in the area of behavioral interventions
    • Experience as a co-investigator or postdoctoral researcher on a health research grant
    • Excellence in scientific writing and oral presentation skills
    • Interest in clinical trial methodology, adaptive and optimization designs, and statistics
    • A long-term interest in a research scientist position contributing to the overall mission of our research
    • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team



    • Training and experience in technology-delivered interventions
    • Training in dissemination research
    • Training in adaptive and 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

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    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 escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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