Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows and Associates


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 Leek group is committed to being a welcoming place to all students, postdocs, faculty, and collaborators (see our Code of Conduct). We work together on projects, share credit liberally, encourage and support each other, and try to solve problems that make the world a better place. We have hired economists, computer scientists, geneticists, biologists, social workers, and everything in between. We have hired people with everything from GED level education to postdoctoral level education and all are treated equally as team contributors. We support flexible work arrangements, remote work, and are committed to work-life balance in everything we do. We believe excellence is defined broadly and want to encourage people to build on their personal strengths and learn new things. We have a great track record of helping people achieve their goals in research, careers, and life and would love to work with you!


More information about how we work can be seen in our open-source guides:


The Data Science Lab focuses on democratizing education and resource awareness for data science and computational biology, with the ultimate goal of empowering more people to successfully use data science. This position will focus on the development of software packages to aid in informatics education. Large informatics educational initiatives funded by multi-year grants include:

  • The initiatives, which bridge the gap between cancer informatics tool developers and their users,
  • The AnVIL Project (, a cloud-based genomics platform and alternative to traditional data storage and computing on institutional servers, 
  • Data Science for Environmental Health (DaSEH): a program aiming to build data science skills among practitioners in public and environmental health disciplines.

Specifically, this role will include further development and maintenance of open source software such as and . The ideal candidate will have good team communication skills and a strong motivation for creating well-documented and usable software products. This position will require self-motivation, an interest in scientific programming, coding, and working with a team. The Data Science Lab has broad expertise in computational biology, data science, programming, biology, statistics, and education. The lab provides a vibrant research environment for career advancement toward top-tier academic or industry positions.

This position will include the following responsibilities: 

  • Follow software development best practices to design and develop software features to meet end user specifications.
  • Design, build, and maintain software packages for use by the scientific community. 
  • Publish R or Python packages on online open source repositories (such as CRAN). 
  • Work collaboratively on multiple projects as a technical resource to define, develop, and manage data solutions that support the requirements and objectives of the project, apply automation, and provide feedback on technical solutions and options.
  • At times assisting with workshop and curriculum creation related to scientific software or data analysis.


  • A PhD in biostatistics, statistics, computer science, machine learning, or another statistical, computational discipline, ecology or related scientific field
  • Extensive experience with either R or Python and willingness to use either. 
  • Experience with scientific programming. 
  • Demonstrated prior experience with the development and maintenance of open source software. 
  • Demonstrated experience with: 
    • Version control 
    • GitHub 
    • R or Python package development 
  • Experience with Docker image management is strongly desired, but not essential.


If you are interested in this position, please submit the following materials:

  • A CV summarizing your education and work experience so far.
  • The names and email addresses of two references.
  • Two publications, preprints, or blogs featuring your work.
  • A code sample representing code that you are proud of. This doesn’t have to be long or especially fancy, but should be clean and do something non-trivial. Ideally this would be present as a commit to a code repository such as GitHub, but emailed code is fine as well.
  • A sample of work featuring education related content if possible (not required)

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 $67,728 to $100,000 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.


This position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus.  

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, income-based child care subsidy, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (22 days per year), paid sick leave (up to 30 calendar days per occurrence of a qualifying reason), paid holidays (13 days per year), and paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks).

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 Human Resources at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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