Science Writer

Job ID
Regular Part-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Support Services


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.


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.   


A group in the Clinical Research Division is seeking a part-time Science Writer. Appointment will be for 1-year with potential renewal based on the success of a grant being awarded.


This research group conducts several multi-center clinical studies aimed at developing tools and information to guide choices of therapy in vulnerable patients with blood cancer and to better evaluate the usefulness of different treatment approaches including hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Studies also include interventions meant to support treatment of primary cancer but focusing on other health limitations. These interventions include supportive and palliative care and comorbidity-specific life-style modifying modules. We value a team approach to our work, in which each member contributes and shares in the responsibility for our projects.


The Science Writer will work independently in performing daily responsibilities and report to the PI. The position is a 50% position (0.50 FTE)
The Science Writer will prepare research grant proposals to secure ongoing funding in support of the clinical and academic research goals, along with manuscripts and other technical documents related to peer-reviewed submissions.  In addition, some writing may need to be done for a non-medical and scientific audience. 
This position requires a well-organized, detail-oriented and self-motivated individual who enjoys diverse tasks and new challenges and who deals with difficulties in a proactive, positive manner. The successful candidate must have outstanding interpersonal skills and work well as part of a study team and with patients conducting patient-oriented research. They should have the ability to work well independently and diligently, pushing the project forward in a timely fashion. 


  • MD or PhD with experience working in a clinical research, academic, and/or transplantation setting.
  • Significant work-related writing experience in an academic, research, or medical field/discipline.
  • Ability to translate complex scientific ideas into lively prose and persuasive fund-raising materials that convey the significance and potential impact of research to the public.
  • A combination of four or more years of experience in grant and manuscript writing.
  • Evidence of success in writing for the general public about science or technology would be considered favorable.
  • Superior command of written English including technical matters of composition such as grammar, syntax, punctuation etc.
  • Knowledge of regulations governing human research.
  • Experience working with databases, Excel, Word, and statistical modeling packages (SAS preferred)
  • Knowledge in “patient-reported outcome” PRO surveys and psychometrics is strongly desired.
  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of biomedical/cancer research.
  • Ability to define complex scientific concepts and words.
  • Able to express ideas that effectively communicate case, vision, or need to multiple audiences. Audiences may range from the general public to individual donors, from professionally staffed foundations to potential corporate sponsors.
  • Excellent investigative skills and the ability to navigate through a complex organization.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines.
  • Able to work smoothly with others, elicit cooperation and contribute to a group effort toward achieving department goals.


Please submit writing samples with your application.


In addition to job duties at Fred Hutch, this position also requires access to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which requires COVID-19 vaccination without exceptions.
Accordingly, as a condition of employment for this Fred Hutch position, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment. 


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.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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 or by calling 206-667-4700.


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