Associate Director, Electron Microscopy

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Staff Scientist


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 for 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.   


The Associate Director of the Electron Microscopy (EM) Shared Resource is a staff scientist-level position that is responsible for providing the technical and administrative direction for electron microscopy as part of the Fred Hutch Shared Resource core labs. The newly-integrated Cryo-EM center serves the Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the University of Washington, and furthering its development and expansion is a critical component of this position.


Responsibilities include providing consultation, guidance, and training in sample preparation, data acquisition, and analysis. Additionally, the Associate Director will manage a team of experienced electron microscopy technicians, who will be responsible for maintaining the instrumentation in good working order and ensuring users are trained to independence on these instruments as requested. Other responsibilities include maintaining up-to-date protocols and ensuring best practices are followed. This position will report administratively to the Senior Director of Molecular and Cellular Scientific Resources and scientifically to the Scientific Director of Cryo-EM.


  • A PhD degree or equivalent or extensive experience in all aspects of single particle analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in cryo-EM sample preparation, data collection, and image processing techniques
  • Experience with automated acquisition of high-resolution cryo-EM data
  • Deep knowledge of electron microscope instrumentation
  • Ability to mentor and manage junior staff
  • Clear communication skills and an ability to organize and document research data
  • Experience training users
  • Ability to multi-task and demonstrate good time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a research team
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly incorporate new sample preparation, data acquisition, and image processing approaches
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with current scientific literature

Applicants should provide a brief statement of relevant research experience in cryo-EM, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references.



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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