Staff Scientist - SR/Experimental Histopathology

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.


This Staff Scientist will oversee the daily operations of the spatial biology platforms offered by Experimental Histopathology Shared Resource in collaboration with the Genomics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource. The staff scientist will work closely with the cores’ technical staff, core directors, and research teams who wish to utilize spatial biology technologies.


Scope of Responsibilities:


The Staff Scientist will support the Fred Hutch Experimental Histopathology Shared Resource spatial biology projects directed towards alleviating of curing significant human health issues related to cancer and other diseases.   This individual is expected to function independently as a motivated core scientist.  The position involves supporting the Director in the operational and scientific direction of the spatial biology program of the core, collaboration with the Genomics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource directors and scientific staff, collaboration with histotechnologists supporting spatial biology, interaction and project planning with internal and external customer base, and evaluation and development of new technology offerings.  The position will include development and execution of a variety of RNA or protein-based spatial biology experiments.


Essential Duties: 

All duties are performed in support of Experimental Histopathology Director and team


  1. Project Management and Scientific Collaboration: Support Director in oversight of spatial biology program.  Attend spatial biology team meetings with directors and scientific staff from Experimental Histopathology and Genomics and Bioinformatics Shared Resources.  Aid researchers in design of spatial biology studies, choice of an appropriate spatial platform, and provide cost estimates.  Work closely with the spatial team to plan, schedule, and execute spatial biology experiments.  This includes the operation of spatial biology instruments and supporting software.  Provide regular communication with Fred Hutch investigators regarding status of spatial biology studies including routine follow-up and troubleshooting discussions. 40%
  2. Administrative Support: Support Director in oversight of fiscal responsibility for Core operations.  Work with Director and other Shared Resources leadership to integrate core goals with Shared Resources strategic directions.  Understand and advise in maintaining equipment replacement cycle.  Assist Director with faculty relationships such as involvement with faculty advisory committee and maintaining strong relationships with all users and user groups.  20%
  3. Scientific Stewardship: Understand and keep current on key areas of science and technology, creating an agile organization to make transitions responsive to science and technology. Lead science at Fred Hutch in the field of spatial biology with focus on developing and performing projects in the area of spatial transcriptomics and proteomics. 20%
  4. Research and Technology Support: Coordinate with Fred Hutch researchers, divisions and departments to advance support for science and increase understanding of scientific support across the Center. Ensure team members consistently provide a high level of service to all users.  Strengthen the core and Shared Resources department through collaboration with customers and other shared resources, education and training events, grant writing to bring in new technologies or processes, and other activities.  15%
  5. Training support: Review, enhance and maintain a high-level training and competency determination program for EH staff in association with Director and manager(s). Effectively create personnel talent through focused career development and performance management. 5%
  6. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualificaitons:

  • A PhD in related science field with a minimum of three years of relavent experience
  • Experience with spatial biology platforms such as but not limited to Nanostring GeoMx DSP, Nanostring CosMx SMI, 10X Genomics Visium, multiplex fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), or multiplex immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence (mIHC/mIF) on tissue specimens.
  • The position requires a clear understanding of general disease processes, disease modeling, and basic histology and genomics methodologies.
  • Aptitude to learn and utilize new spatial biology analysis software packages.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach, motivate, and mentor junior staff.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of relevant image analysis software packages such as Halo, Visiopharm, ImageJ.

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 $111,748 to $176,634 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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