Bioinformatics Analyst I

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Regular Full-Time
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


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 lab of Dr. Frederick Matsen in the Computational Biology program at Fred Hutch is seeking a highly motivated candidate interested in phylogenetics and the adaptive immune system. Our research group develops and applies methods to learn about evolution and immunology from molecular sequence data such as DNA and RNA. This is a rich source of fun and difficult problems in math/CS/(bio)-statistics, with real-world consequences. You can find out more about our group by visiting our group website.


Applicants should have experience in bioinformatics and pipeline construction, and should be comfortable with mathematical and probabilistic concepts. Applicants should submit:

  • a CV or resume,
  • a code sample showing work that you are proud of. This has to be nontrivial, but doesn’t have to be long (about a page, but can be embedded in a larger file). The code sample need not be elaborate, but should demonstrate what you consider to be clean code. Ideally it would be publicly accessible, e.g. on GitHub, but if that’s not possible an attachment is fine too.

This role will be performed in person at the Steam Plant building in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.


  • Develop, test, and implement standardized analytical pipelines to evaluate and benchmark computational methods
  • Provide support to Fred Hutch researchers working with phylogenetic data
  • Participate in weekly staff meeting to discuss ongoing projects and provide advice and support to colleagues
  • Provide figures & written sections describing methods and results for manuscripts, presentations, and grant applications generated by Fred Hutch researchers


  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline is required
  • Experience with bioinformatics and pipeline construction is preferred
  • General proficiency in mathematics and probability is preferred
  • Proficient with Linux/Unix shell scripting (primarily bash) and possess strong programming skills in Python. Knowledge of C++ a plus
  • Self-motivated, perform in a highly independent manner, and possess strong interest in the biological sciences
  • Solid communication skills (both verbal and written) and organizational skills are essential, as is the ability to be creative in problem-solving situations

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 $65,484 to $96,349 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 (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months).  

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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