Staff Scientist, Digital Behavioral Health

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


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 ($25 million USD cumulative total to date), the Group’s research mission is to develop and rigorously test behavioral interventions for health behavior change, and disseminate them with the goal of high public health impact. Technologies for delivering these interventions include smartphone applications, chatbots, websites, and telephone counseling. One of the behavioral approaches the Group has been testing is called Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).


The Group is seeking a Staff 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 lead and co-author scientific articles from our multiple clinical trial datasets. Excellent administrative, statistical, and research staff support is provided. Salary is highly competitive, commensurate with experience, and excellent medical/dental benefits are included.

  • Lead and co-author scientific manuscripts for publication
  • Presenting research at scientific conferences
  • Co-mentoring and supervising post-doctoral and pre-doctoral research trainees
  • Remaining aware of advances in behavioral interventions, e-health/m-health technologies, tobacco cessation, and obesity intervention research and integrate them appropriately
  • Contribute to trial design, analysis planning, and interpretation
  • Participate in and lead project and full team meetings


Required Qualifications:  

  • 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 research publications on the topics of tobacco, obesity, addiction, or behavioral health
  • Excellence in scientific writing and oral presentation skills
  • Interest in clinical trial methodology 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


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training and experience in technology-delivered interventions
  • Training in theory testing (e.g., mediation and moderation)
  • Training in dissemination research
  • Training in adaptive and optimization designs
  • Advanced clinical training in one or more of the following: ACT, behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing
  • A passion for helping those who smoke tobacco or are obese

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