Developmental Scientist - Clinical Cancer Genomics (Salaried)

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Regular Full-Time
Allied Health


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.


Works independently under the guidance of and in conjunction with the Laboratory Leadership in accomplishing the goals of the laboratory. Senior level position requiring strong technical, administrative, and leadership skills.

This position is a senior level position within the Fred Hutch Clinical Cancer Genomics Laboratory, formerly known as Cytogenetics Laboratory. Close interaction and collaboration with the director and the rest of the lab team members is required.

The Development Scientist will assist the director with the development of new clinical tests, coordination and oversight of the development and implementation of new and updated technical projects and initiatives within the Clinical Cancer Genomics Laboratory.


The primary responsibility of the Development Scientist is the development of new clinical tests, coordination and oversight of the development and implementation of new and updated technical projects and initiatives within the Clinical Cancer Genomics Laboratory. Interaction with other departments and laboratories in the Fred Hutch and external organizations/institutions is inherent to the position.

The Development Scientist may coordinate the formation of a common set of qualifications for running new protocols and training the technologists who perform work in the lab, as may include CAP competency assessment. The Scientist will work with the lab leadership to integrate new and updated procedures and protocols into the lab's routine workflow, in addition to ensuring appropriate regulatory documentation and quality control and management of data. The work will include forming working groups and teams consisting of specialty technologists to develop and implement procedures and practices, along with supporting standard operating procedures (SOPs) validations and qualifications.

The Development Scientist may also contribute directly to clinical workload; from bench level through director sign-out per credential qualification, supporting the lab's ability to meet turnaround time expectations. For example, ABMGG Board eligible or certified candidates with subspecialty in Clinical Molecular Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics, or Laboratory Genetics and Genomics (LGG) may also assist with director review of clinical cases.


Required for this job:

  • M.D. or Ph.D. Degree in biological sciences
  • Typically, at least 2 years' experience in a genetics/genomics lab OR completion of a formal certified training program in genetics/genomics
  • The nature of this work is challenging, and the position requires individual initiative to carry out the required tasks. The work requires mature judgment for the development of appropriate techniques and in recognizing circumstances requiring special attention. The incumbent requires excellent communication skills.
  • Proven experience in clinical translational development
  • Proven technical expertise for molecular and cytogenetic testing with advanced troubleshooting skills
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Mature judgment
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to interact with medical and scientific staff and senior leadership
  • Strong communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Demonstrates strong initiative and leadership skills
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Strong math and computer skills including ability to create and interpret graphical data
  • Multi-task oriented – ability to prioritize and drive multiple initiatives
  • Ability to implement directions provided by management
  • Ability to work in a rapidly-changing environment



Preferred for this job:

  • Experience in a Cytogenetics laboratory
  • Knowledge of CAP regulations
  • ABMGG (Clinical Cytogentics or Molecular Genetics or LGG) board certification or eligibility within 2 years

This position is patient facing and/or requires access to Fred Hutch clinical facilities. As such, full COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment, without exception. Booster doses are strongly recommended but not required. If declining a booster, completion of the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form Questionnaire and COVID-19 Booster Declination Training is required. Because of our immunocompromised patient population, there are no medical or religious accommodations available for any employee who is patient facing and/or requires access to Fred Hutch clinical facilities. Only employees whose positions are fully remote, who are not patient facing and/or require no access to clinical facilities, may apply for medical or religious accommodations. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination 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.

The annual base salary range for this position is from $106,427 to $168,223 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.   


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 or by calling 206-667-4700.


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