User Experience Researcher

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Data Science


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.


Our Group:

The Chief Data Officer of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Jeff Leek, established the Fred Hutch Data Science Lab (DaSL) to develop and support the overall data strategy for the organization. The mission of the Data Science Lab to ensure an effective data ecosystem at Fred Hutch by developing a modern, well documented, well implemented, overall data strategy that evolves with the needs and capabilities of those leveraging data at Fred Hutch regardless of “where they live” from the clinic to the research groups. We believe focusing on people is critical in building a strong, dynamic community united around using data to improve human health and cancer care. To do this, we aim to build a diverse, hybrid team that is inclusive, open, collaborative, and supportive both within our team and with our collaborators (find more about our values and culture). We are strong advocates for open science and reproducible research, thus we develop our work in the open as much as possible. We rely heavily on written communication and continuous collaboration in order to support our hybrid team, as well as make our work as accessible as scalably and sustainably as possible by Fred Hutch staff.


Position Purpose:

The Fred Hutch Data Science Lab (DaSL) is looking for a Biomedical Data Science Researcher to help improve how software is designed, developed, and deployed within and across clinical and research settings. As a Biomedical Data Science Researcher, you will work closely with DaSL staff to design the next generation of biomedical data science infrastructure with a focus on learning from and improving the experience of our end users: cancer and disease researchers, and healthcare providers. This role is a strong fit for someone who likes working in the open source environment, wants to see insights from research put into practice, and passionately cares about the day-to-day experience of end users in a biomedical data science setting.


  • Leads original research investigating and describing the experience of performing biomedical data driven research.
  • Conducts interviews with researchers, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders to understand their experiences.
  • Researches and develops potential solutions to biomedical data science and related concerns; conducts pilot studies that evaluate those potential solutions.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • B.A, B.S. in computer science, information science, data science, cognitive science, interaction design, sociology, anthropology, organizational psychology, communications, or a related field (M.S or M.A preferred)
  • Ability to effectively communicate and share asynchronously with collaborators and DaSL staff using Slack, MS Teams, and other software to support documentation.
  • Ability to provide written documentation and communication accessible to multiple audiences and creating broad understanding across groups.
  • Experience in communicating collaboratively with researchers to discern their data needs and provide relevant technological expertise.
  • Quantitative and qualitative skills sufficient to conduct and present data summaries/synopses
  • 5+ years of hands-on data science experience
  • Demonstrated rigor and reproducibility through well organized and well documented code

Additional requirements:

  • Provide portfolio or case studies in prototyping solutions in scientific data settings (e.g., document or website providing examples demonstrating experience with socio-technical design); highlight individual contributions

Desired Skills or Expertise:

  • Experience leading investigations and demonstrate outcomes through a portfolio of original research, e.g., case studies, prototypes, and/or other documented research methods.
  • Previous experience in clinical, research, or laboratory environments, collaborating effectively with diverse stakeholders (e.g., data collection in observational studies)
  • Proficient in recognizing and addressing clinical and lab challenges and demonstrated ability to create effective solutions.
  • Possess expertise in data collection, conducting observational studies, and crafting user personas.
  • Experience building technology prototypes using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript OR PowerPoint and Figma OR experience using R/Python.
  • Able to interpret basic summary statistics to draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Proficient in clear and effective verbal and written communication.
  • Technical skills: prior research experience using data collection, observational study, user studies, or other methods of investigation.


This position is based in Seattle and some weekly on-campus component will be required but is considered a hybrid position. The flexibility of on-campus scheduling will be dependent on balancing engagement with current staff and the collaborative requirements of the position with remote work.


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 $96,532 to $152,584 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  


This position may be eligible for relocation assistance. 

This position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus, up to $2,000.


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.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed