Statistical Unit Assistant

Job ID
Regular Full-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.


STUDY BACKGROUND: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. The WHI is one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of its kind and it is currently in its third extension. The WHI Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC), located at Fred Hutchinson, is responsible for study implementation and coordination of statistical, epidemiologic, nutritional and clinical aspects of the WHI and is responsible for data collection, management and analysis.  The Statistical Unit Program Assistant provides support to the Statistics Unit (SU) at the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC). The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Statistics Unit Manager and will work closely with a team of statistical analysts. The incumbent receives direct supervision in performing work assignments, but with time and proven competence can gain independence in performing tasks. The incumbent refers to the manager for all non-routine decisions.


1. Assist investigators working with WHI data as primary contact for the WHI Help Desk


a. Respond to data and other queries, bringing in SU analysts and other CCC staff as necessary to meet requests
b. Perform data queries by using a query tool and/or statistical software such as SAS or R, to subset or merge WHI datasets, calculate summary statistics, and output frequency tables, as appropriate to answer investigator questions.
c. Synthesize information and formulate responses to questions
d. Manage database for tracking questions and responses

2. Assist in the development and production of WHI statistical reports as well as tables and graphs for papers and publications


a. Work with SU analysts to query data and create tables and figures using statistical software, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat for inclusion in manuscripts and annual WHI statistical reports
b. Organize and track table progress for annual reports
c. Proofread and edit drafts of statistical reports for accuracy and consistency of content and formatting

3. Assist in data processing for the creation of data resources for WHI investigators


a. Work with Statistics Unit analysts to update code for processing data
b. Execute code scripts in SAS or R for processing data
c. Evaluate contents of WHI datasets for logic and accuracy, comparing variables across data sources, and retrieving data external to WHI for use by investigators

4. Administer data use policies and procedures for outside investigators using WHI data


a. Manage tracking database of data use approvals
b. Manage website access for outside investigators
c. Correspond with investigators about their access

5. Provide administrative support to the Statistics Unit


a. Organize and schedule meetings and events
b. Survey the scientific literature for articles relating to specific topics
c. Curate and improve systems for organizing data, code, and documentation



  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in statistics, biostatistics, public health, or potentially any field with data manipulation experience, and/or 2 years’ related experience with data, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Some experience or coursework in statistical software for data management and statistical analysis
  • Inquisitiveness, desire to learn new skills, quantitative aptitude, along with the ability to think logically and systematically
  • Proficient computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and graphical displays
  • Strong organizational skills, self-motivation and flexibility
  • Proven written and oral communications skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment


Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic statistics and experience working with statistical data
  • Interest in clinical research

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 hourly pay range for this position is from $26.20 to $37.31 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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