Women’s Health Initiative Statistics Unit Manager/Staff Scientist - Biostatistician

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Staff Scientist


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 WHI is a population-based program established as the signature project of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. As one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of its kind, WHI has had a major impact on women’s health, clinical practice and research methods. This is long-term nationwide program currently funded through the National Heart Lung Blood Institute with numerous ancillary studies through other NIH institutes (cancer, aging, environmental health).


The WHI Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC),is housed in the Cancer Prevention Program of the Public Health Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. The CCC is responsible for study implementation and coordination of statistical, epidemiologic, nutritional and clinical aspects of the WHI as well as the traditional coordinating center roles in data collection, management, linkages, analysis and reporting.


The breadth of WHI data encompasses most disease areas common in older women as well as mental and physical functioning. The associated biorepository supports a wide range of biomarker and omics studies on risk, early detection and disease mechanisms. The WHI CCC assists local and outside investigators’ use of this resource in publications and ancillary studies, providing expertise in experimental design and analyses, as well as logistical support.


We are seeking a manager for the Statistics Unit at the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center (WHI CCC) in the Public Health Sciences Division (PHS). This role will be classified as a staff scientist.


  • Overseeing the WHI Statistics Unit, which consists of six master’s degree level statisticians and a statistical assistant
  • Serving as a statistician and CCC representative on ancillary studies, providing design and statistical consultation on study development and its implementation
  • Participating as a statistician on manuscripts, including analysis and manuscript writing
  • Serving as a statistician on the WHI Publications and Presentations Committee to provide input and expertise on WHI data and statistical methods
  • Identifying opportunities for implementing novel statistical and machine learning methods within a large and complex database, including genetic and omics data
  • Coordinating work tasks and projects with other units in the CCC
  • Hiring, supervising and training staff, as needed

The primary responsibilities of the Statistics Unit are to analyze data for WHI manuscripts, produce progress and clinical trial monitoring reports, select samples for ancillary studies using the biorepository, provide support to the WHI help desk, and coordinate and provide quality assurance for data files before release to other entities. The successful candidate will coordinate this workflow within the unit.

The ideal candidate will have broad exposure to and expertise in statistical methods for clinical trials and epidemiologic studies, as well as diverse types of data, including failure time, longitudinal, and ‘omics” data, a strong interest in chronic disease epidemiology, experience in manuscript and/or grant writing and possess supervisory/managerial experience. The staff scientist position will be under the direction of Dr. Garnet Anderson in the WHI program within the Division of Public Health Sciences.

Excellent administrative and research staff support is provided. Salary is commensurate with experience, and excellent medical/dental benefits are included. We support a hybrid work environment including both onsite and remote work. Please note this is not a tenure track position.


• PhD in Biostatistics, Statistics or a related field
• At least 2 years of post-doctoral experience in related field
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Experience in manuscript and grant proposal preparation
• Experience supervising/managing highly-skilled staff
• Demonstrated ability to work well within interdisciplinary teams and collaborations

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 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. 


The annual base salary range for this position is from $93,000.00 to $180,000.00 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  This position may be eligible for relocation assistance and or eligible for a sign-on bonus.


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (22 days per year), paid sick leave (up to 30 calendar days per occurrence of a qualifying reason), paid holidays (up to 13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 12 months for professor track faculty, up to 6 months for other scientific staff).  

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 hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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