AVP Research IT & Scientific Computing (Salaried)

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Information Technology


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 Fred Hutch Cancer Center IT team is looking for an Associate Vice President, Research IT and Scientific Computing to drive business engagement and strategic projects in support of our mission: Providing IT & data services to accelerate the elimination of disease.


The successful candidate is a senior technology leader who has a record of accomplishment in building close relationships with a diverse set of scientists, researchers, and business stakeholders, advising researchers during the grant writing process, leading enterprise-grade research facing applications, and executing complex technology projects. You are a strategic leader who understands the modern technology environment and has built organizations around excellence. The Associate Vice President, Research IT and Scientific Computing is the leader of the Research IT and Scientific Computing team, accountable for all activities related to Fred Hutch’s research technology environment including building strategic plans, leading managers of high-performance computing, shared services instrumentation, business relationship management, and applications support teams. You enjoy working with partners to solve complex business problems across diverse scientific divisions and an array of external partners. This is a highly collaborative role, that works closely with Research leaders, the Chief Information Officer, and peers to ensure that technology solutions are technically and financially viable and designed to meet the needs of the business.


The Associate Vice President, Research IT and Scientific Computing reports to the Chief Information Officer and is a member of the senior IT leadership team.


  • Ensure the success of Scientific Computing initiatives, by providing leadership and vision for Research IT and Scientific Computing for the Fred Hutch Cancer Center.
  • Drive the development of high-performance computing infrastructure and solutions, data storage and management solutions, and data science capabilities through strategic partnering and robust engineering, thereby reinforcing Fred Hutch as a center of excellence in biomedical data science.
  • Serve as executive sponsor for research and science projects, providing oversight and ensuring the projects meets business needs, objectives, and
  • Support faculty needs and requirements by way of partnership, evangelism, and as a trusted advisor.
  • Lead and co-chair the Scientific Computing oversight committee.
  • Make decisions in partnership with manager for annual budget requests, opex, capex, and resource planning.
  • Inspire, lead, coach, develop, mentor, and manage performance across a diverse team with deep technical and professional
  • Build a “community of practice” specific to scientific computing which enhances our capabilities.
  • Build and maintain a strong team and partnerships across the Hutch and
  • Partner with Research leadership and Faculty to support the technology needs for effective grant writing.
  • Partner with Information Security to ensure IT systems, procedures, and services follow Information Security policies.
  • Partner with Architecture and Engineering team to build and maintain technology roadmaps that meet the Hutch’s strategic
  • Participate in monthly and quarterly business reviews including preparing and presenting department and application KPI’s
  • Engage in continuous learning and stay apprised of latest technology trends to ensure Fred Hutch’s IT processes are modernized and cutting edge to support the business of science and
  • Responsible for recruiting, hiring, all aspects of performance management, coaching, mentoring team members, providing candid and timely feedback, and employee development
  • Manage 5-7 direct reports, approximately 35-40 professional IT staff


  • BS in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field desired, or equivalent work experience. Graduate degree in Business and/or Information Systems a plus.
  • Candidate must have experience managing High Performance Computing systems in an academic, research or healthcare environment and experience working as a trusted partner with faculty researchers.
  • 10+ years technical leadership experience (hardware, software, and best practices)
  • 10+ years of building and leading high performing teams, with a culture of accountability, learning, coaching, mentoring, and career growth.
  • Experience collaborating and/or leading the technical components of research grants
  • Strong understanding and demonstrated leadership of technology operations and operational excellence best practices including tickets and ticket management systems, systems monitoring, infrastructure management, KPIs and metrics.
  • Exceptional leadership, analytical, communication, and problem-solving across a broad range of stakeholders
  • Experience designing, implementing, and supporting enterprise applications utilizing SDLC, Agile, DevOps, ITIL frameworks and lean principles in on-prem, cloud-based, and hybrid environments
  • Demonstrated experience with leading and managing change across a broad set of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in a team environment with a proven record of positive contributions and success related to enterprise-wide goals
  • Proven strategic planning, budgeting, and execution excellence

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 $184,963 to $308,271 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  This position may be eligible for a sign on bonus. This position may be eligible for relocation assistance.


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


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