Postdoctoral Fellow, Cancer Disparities/Population Health

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows and Associates


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.

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.

Applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in scientific disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has a 2-year Postdoctoral Position available through the Cancer Prevention Department. Specifically, this position is under the direction of Dr. Vida Henderson within the Division of Public Health Sciences at Fred Hutch. Dr. Henderson’s research aims to improve gender and racial health inequities by exploring multi-level barriers to cancer care and service utilization and developing and testing interventions to overcome these barriers, with the overarching goal of increasing health equity. Most of her work focuses cancer disparities and inequities, minority health, breast cancer disparities, women’s health, health communication, health services utilization, and community-engaged research. Dr. Henderson’s research uses diverse methods of qualitative and mixed methods research methodology as well as program evaluation, implementation, and dissemination science.

Fred Hutch provides a highly interactive and supportive environment for junior investigators to grow and develop their future careers; it consistently ranks in the top 20 best places to work for postdocs, as surveyed by The Scientist.


The postdoctoral fellow’s duties will allow participation along the entire research continuum, from study development to dissemination of results. They will work closely with Dr. Henderson and research collaborators based both locally and nationally. They will have the opportunity to participate in studies funded through multiple mechanisms (private foundation, federal grants, and non-sponsored internal funding). The post-doc will have access to diverse types of data, available for cutting-edge hypothesis testing and development and team collaborations. There are opportunities to work on existing projects and to develop new projects addressing relevant research topics.

Responsibilities include:

  • Help develop grant proposals
  • Help prepare research materials (such as study protocols, questionnaires, educational materials, and data collection instruments)
  • Oversee data collection and help generate study reports
  • Conduct data analysis under the guidance of the PI, Co-Is, and other supporting staff
  • Help prepare and submit manuscripts for publication
  • Prepare presentations, posters, or reports for dissemination of results


  • A doctoral degree (MD and/or PhD) and a strong background in Public Health research including health behavior research, health services research, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, mixed methods research, or a related field
  • High level of attention to detail, excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written skills, including academic writing skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating communication across a broad range of research stakeholders (e.g., community partners, study participants, policymakers; representatives from professional bodies and civil society organizations; PIs; project managers and study coordinators; research assistants; etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain respectful, productive working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across multiple organizations
  • Experience managing multiple projects from study conception and design to results dissemination
  • Ability to think critically and synthesize complex issues to move projects forward
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Experience working with qualitative data collection and quality assessment is a plus
  • Experience working with diverse teams on implementation or research projects is a plus

In addition to possessing the above qualifications, the ideal candidate will also posses the following characteristics:

  • Team-oriented
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and complex environment
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Highest standards of professionalism
  • Creative problem solving
  • Punctuality
  • Passion for the mission of the organization

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.


Please include a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement and cover letter detailing your research interest and suitability for this position with your application.


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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