NCI Science Writer

Job ID
Regular Part-Time
Administrative Support


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.


With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. 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 value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.


The PIQ Science Writer (Content Specialist) position is responsible for handling high-level correspondence on behalf of the NCI CIS/Office of Communication and Public Liaison. PIQ handles inquiries from various branches of the NIH and NCI, as well as from the White House. Due to the amount of oversight and communication involved in these inquiries, PIQ responsibilities are reserved for members of the PIQ team. This is a half time (.5) position.



The primary responsibilities of the PIQ Science Writer (Content Specialist) are:

  • Researching, editing and responding to emails that are assigned to PIQ, including standard, custom and controlled responses. Process involves extensive communication with PIQ supervisors.
  • Assisting with responding to PIQ phone calls and letters.
  • Working with fellow PIQ team members to maintain and strategize optimal PIQ workflow, such as email templates, KB entries and other PIQ processes (including printing and mailing letters if in the Seattle Metro area).
  • Constantly monitoring and responding to incoming RN and email messages concerning PIQ.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
  • Full-time employee, working 5 days a week strongly preferred.
  • Lead preferred but not required.
  • Clinical Trial Specialist experience strongly desired.
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality.
  • Average QA scores across all handled channels exceeds expectations.
  • Intends to be employed at NCI-CC for minimum of two or more years.
  • Excellent communication and time management skills.
  • Must show initiative in all work duties. One example of such is demonstrating the ability to independently research and stay informed about cancer-related topics involving the NIH and NCI.
  • Able to receive and organize large amounts of internal email communication.
  • PIQ Science Writers (Content Specialists) receive continuous editing guidance and critique under restrictive deadlines. Applicant must receive feedback and direction graciously.
  • Must be detail-oriented and efficient in both written and oral communication.
  • Applicant must demonstrate consistent and outstanding writing skills, including grammar and spelling.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center 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, prior to their first day of employment:

Provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ; OR

Initiate the accommodations process to request a religious or medical accommodation (medical accommodations require a healthcare provider’s certification).


A cover letter along with a resume’ is required.


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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