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Staff Scientist

Staff Scientist

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Staff Scientist

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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

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