Bioinformatics Analyst I - Tumor Dormancy, Metastasis and Drug Resistance

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


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At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.


The Laboratory for the Study of Metastatic Microenvironments, led by Cyrus Ghajar at the Fred Hutch has an opening for a Computational Scientist with experience in biological sciences/biotechnology. This position will work with members of the laboratory of Dr. Ghajar in the Translational Research Program to embark on an exciting journey to tackle some of the most burning issues in tumor dormancy, metastasis and drug resistance, through an approach which combines cutting edge computational methods, focused translational studies with rare human specimens, and cell biology studies in cell lines and animal models.


The successful applicant will be involved in a number of projects, with a basic overall goals to: 1) apply computational methods to understand genetic relationships between a primary tumor and disseminated tumor cells; 2) and 3)  understand interactions between cancer cells, stromal cells and immune cells. More specifically, the candidate will perform large-scale analysis of whole exome sequencing data and transcriptomic (RNAseq, single cell RNAseq) datasets that have either been generated by the Ghajar Lab, or are publicly available. This will entail processing, aligning and loading the datasets in appropriate programs (R or Python), displaying the data and generating data-driven hypotheses which will be tested in the lab. Some of the analyses will include statistical modeling, phylogenetic analyses, and building upon computational methods such as CellPhoneDB or NicheNET to understand receptor-ligand interactions in the disseminated tumor cell microenvironment.   


The candidate will present these findings in the lab meetings and will be expected to contribute data figures for manuscript/grant preparation.




  • Bachelor's degree in biology, biotechnology, bioengineering or related fields is required, with a Master's degree preferred
  • Experience with analysis next-generation sequencing data is required
  • Knowledge of programming languages including R and/or Python is required
  • Desire to be trained at the bench and conduct cell biology experiments would be a definite plus.
  • Good communication skills and an interest in learning
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Good numeracy, literacy and organizational skills.


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

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