• Undergrad Research Assistant

    Job ID
    Temporary Part-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Laboratory Research Sciences
  • 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.

    Outcome Research in hematological malignancies can inform the decision-making process for treatment of these malignancies. It involves clinical and population-based studies meant to optimize the benefits of healthcare to the patient and society. Procedures could include testing, developing, and validation methods and tools to predict treatment outcomes; understanding patients’ experiences, preferences and values for treatment of cancer; and generating evidence to determine which interventions work best for which types of patients and under what circumstances.

    The Principal Investigator (PI) conducts several multi-center clinical studies aimed at developing tools and information to guide choices of therapy in vulnerable (older or with numerous medical problems) patients with hematological malignancies and to better evaluate the usefulness of a treatment approach like hematopoietic cell transplantation. We value a team approach to our work, in which each member contributes and shares in the responsibility for our projects.

    The Temporary Research Assistant position will work with the team to coordinate research and administrative activities for the protocols involved in our outcome analysis project.


    This is a temporary job focusing on reviewing medical records to evaluate comorbidities and assign scores based on a model that we have developed (hematopoetic cell transplantation comorbidity index [HCT-CI]). The research assistant will work with Data Coordinators, Staff Scientist, PI. The incumbent receives direct supervision in performing work assignments. Refers non-routine decisions to supervisor. Responsibilities include:

    • Learn how to score comorbidities using the HCT-CI.
    • Access medical records to evaluate and score comorbidities.
    • Enter data into computerized databases. Assist in performing routine audits to ensure quality and completeness of study data.
    • Perform research tasks according to study timelines



    • High school graduation or GED
    • Currently enroled in undergraduate study
    • Minimum of 1 year experience in data entry
    • One year of experience in medical records, cancer registry, or related field
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
    • Strong computer skills and experience working with databases
    • Minimum keyboard speed of 35 WPM 
    • Experience in a job requiring attention to detail and accuracy


    • Two years of college highly preferred 
    • Knowledge of medical terminology and statistics preferred
    • Prior experience in reviewing medical records is preferred 

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