• Professional Support Specialist

    Job ID
    Regular Part-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Administrative Support
  • 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 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 purpose of this position is to make it possible for a blind Principal Investigator (PI) to continue her work in the field of retrovirology. The PI writes scientific review articles, reviews manuscripts and grants for journals and funding agencies. The PI also helps colleagues at Fred Hutch write papers. All of these activities require the assistance of a sighted scientist. The role will involve reading materials, from both the computer as well as hard print copies, interpreting scientific information and writing correspondence and technical material. May require several hours of reading aloud.


    This is a half-time position with some flexibility on hours.


    • Read manuscripts, publications, grant and applications to PI while taking notes
    • Describe visual material and interpret tables and figures clearly and accurately
    • Assist with the writing of correspondence and technical material
    • Organize PI schedule and accompany PI to meetings
    • Maintain records and filing system
    • Perform internet searches as required for background
    • Assist PI with email correspondence and photocopying as needed
    • Clearly communicate verbally and in writing
    • Other duties as assigned



    • A PhD in molecular and cell biology or related area
    • Familiarity with hypothesis-driven research, research proposals and papers
    • Ability to read and present scientific information
    • Strong computer skills including proficiency in MS Word and Outlook, as well as Reference Manager Software
    • Must be detail oriented and organized


    • Post-doctoral experience
    • Familiarity with virology

    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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