Program Assistant II/III

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Administrative Support


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. 



The Epidemiology Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch invites applications for a Program Assistant who will work with Dr. Chris Li and his team in support of two large cancer research studies. This is an entry-level position as part of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Cooperative.

Fred Hutch serves as the coordinating center for the TRANCE consortium, a Department of Defense funded study of breast cancer. The successful applicant will be involved in the coordination of meetings, biospecimen and data management, and administrative support in the TRANCE consortium. The study is led locally by Dr. Li in close collaboration with other Fred Hutch investigators as well as investigators from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and Washington University in St. Louis, MO.


In addition, this position supports a long-term study of colorectal cancer called ColoCare.


This position will require the ideal candidate to be in the office most of the time, although a partially hybrid schedule could be negotiated on at the time of hire.


Under the direction of the study manager, the Program Assistant will assist in coordinating meetings, specimen shipments between sites, and conducting daily operational work to ensure that the overall research project goals of each study are met. Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team are critical to this position.



The Program Assistant may be asked to perform some (or all) of the job duties listed below:

  • Provide support for multiple epidemiologic research studies
  • Coordinate and track shipments of biospecimens between consortium sites
  • Assist with biospecimen management occasionally transporting specimens between study sites
  • Data entry, organization, and maintenance for studies
  • Assist with study material management, including ordering, tracking incoming and outgoing materials, preparing shipments, and completing inventory
  • Schedule meetings with consortium members and collaborators and write and distribute meeting notes
  • Carry out special projects and perform related duties as assigned



  • BA/BS
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • High level of motivation and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask across multiple projects
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate computer skills with proficiency in a variety of software packages. Word, Excel, database programs, MS Outlook
  • Team player and has ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to handle competing priorities and multitask to achieve deadlines


  • Interest in epidemiology, cancer, and/or environmental health is preferred
  • Experience working in an academic or scientific research environment

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 cover letter describing your interest, experience, and qualifications.


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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