Dietetic Technician

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences


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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 Dietetic Tech within the Prevention Center Human Nutrition Lab (HNL) is responsible for working with the HNL team on implementation and data collection for food and nutrition studies, including controlled feeding studies.  Major duties of the role include procurement of study foods, preparation of study diets per protocol, weighing and distribution of foods, data collection and QA. This is a highly collaborative role, requiring creative problem-solving, attention to detail and regular communication with the Prevention Center and HNL team.


  • Collaborate with the HNL team to develop and implement individualized study diets and monitor intake data collection.
    • Following HNL study procedures, enter individualized study diets into ProNutra.
    • Assemble custom recipe databases in ProNutra for each study, and assist in the development of standardized nutrient composition for foods not existing in the database.
    • Produce participant feeding study documents including menu checklists for packing, food container labels, meal pick-up and dining visit logs.
    • Produce food production documents including participant-flow sheets, recipes, inventory and packing lists, and food staging layouts.
    • Collect and enter dietary data for the HNL studies, including systematic QA.
  • Participate daily in food production in the Human Nutrition Lab kitchen. Duties include procurement, inventory, food production per study protocols, and staging or delivery of study meals. 
    • Maintain the flow of daily production activities, including production of make-ahead (frozen) and freshly prepared meals and snacks for study intervention.
    • Procurement (shopping for study foods) 1 to 2 days weekly.
    • Prepare study participant food and meal packaging by labeling and organizing packaging per study and HNL protocols.
    • Prepare food and meals according to study menus, standardized recipes and instructions based on individual study and HNL protocols.
    • Set up study foods for onsite service or delivery. Delivery offsite via shuttle sometimes required.
    • Assist with study supply inventory and storage including organizing and maintaining the grocery and ordering lists on a regular basis.
  • Maintain excellent and timely communication between participants, nutrition research staff and investigators.
  • Monitor study participants during dining and clinic visits as necessary.
  • Maintain food safety and sanitation standards. Clean all work areas in accordance with established procedures.  Operate and maintain equipment according to prescribed safety and sanitation standards.
  • Assist HNL team in training new employees and volunteer interns.
  • Occasional flexibility to work outside of regular shift hours (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor degree in nutrition or Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR) with 2 years of institutional food service and nutritional software experience.
  • Must possess a valid Washington state food handler’s permit or obtain one after being hired.
  • Accurate record keeping and mathematical skills required.
  • Must have knowledge of basic food preparation; nutrition and food composition.
  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, specifically MS Word and Excel or other spreadsheets and databases. 
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.


Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process 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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