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Biostatistics Program Head

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Seattle, Washington State
$186,900 - $291,097
Closing date
19 Jan 2024

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Health Science, Mathematics
Job Type
Head of Department
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Details

The Division of Public Health Sciences (PHS) of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Fred Hutch) welcomes applications for the Program Head position in our Biostatistics Program. Applicants at the Associate Professor and Professor academic ranks with a PhD or equivalent are encouraged to apply.   We seek individuals with sustained records of research and funding, and who are excited about the opportunity to lead a dynamic biostatistics research program within an exceptionally rich cancer research ecosystem.

The Biostatistics Program encompasses 28 faculty with primary or joint positions, 7 staff scientists (similar to research track faculty in universities), 27 affiliate faculty from diverse disciplines, 35 staff members, and more than 60 trainees (post docs or students).  It is the home of multiple coordinating centers in areas such as cancer prevention, early detection, and clinical trials. Faculty research areas include, but are not limited to, precision oncology, mobile health studies, electronic health records, clinical trial design, biomarker evaluation, diagnostic testing, survival analysis, causal inference, single cell and spatial transcriptomics, statistical genetics, and microbiome data analysis.

The Biostatistics Program is part of the Fred Hutch’s Division of Public Health Sciences, which houses a portfolio of population health research programs including cancer prevention and survivorship, epidemiology, computational biology and translational research.

Fred Hutch 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 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.

The Biostatistics program, Division of Public Health Sciences, and Fred Hutch will offer an exceptionally rich environment for the new Biostatistics Program head.  Our Clinical Research, Basic Sciences, Human Biology and Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Divisions offer endless opportunities for scientific collaboration.  Our connections with the Biostatistics and Statistics programs at the University of Washington extend the opportunities available for methodology research. Our location within the thriving technology and data science hub that is Seattle creates potential for novel collaborations around data science and artificial intelligence. The new Biostatistics Program head will be able to leverage these opportunities to foster innovation and create impact locally, nationally, and globally.

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 makes 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 Program Head will be the primary liaison between program faculty, division leadership, and the Fred Hutch scientific community. They will work closely with member faculty to create a vision and set strategic directions for the program. They will mentor and support junior investigators and foster their career development. They will identify opportunities for high-impact research initiatives that will generate a robust and well-funded research portfolio and will help to grow the program. They will elevate the profile of the program and its associations with national and international statistical and oncology research organizations.


Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree in statistics, biostatistics, or a related field, and currently on the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor, or equivalent ranks. Ideal candidates should have an active and productive research portfolio and be recognized nationally and internationally in their research field. They should also have a successful track record of obtaining research funding, proven skills in communication and mentorship, and should be dedicated to advocate diversity, equality, and inclusion.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae. Those selected to move forward will be asked to submit a cover letter, research statement, a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, and contact information for three references. Letters of reference will be requested only for those considered finalists.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


The annual base salary range for this position is from $186,900 to $199,048 for faculty hired at the Associate Professor rank and from $211,707 to $291,097 for faculty hired at the Full Professor rank. Pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications. Pay for Faculty positions is based on a variety of factors, including degree, specialty, clinical practice and experience. This position is eligible for relocation assistance and 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, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (22 days per year), paid sick leave (up to 30 calendar days per occurrence of a qualifying reason), paid holidays (up to 13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 12 months for professor track faculty, up to 6 months for other scientific staff).


Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

At Fred Hutch, our interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit of, and passion for, health knowledge and hope to their work and the world. Together, our researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, when cure rates are highest; developing effective treatments with fewer side effects; and learning how to prevent cancers from growing in the first place.

Our groundbreaking discoveries began in the 1970s with Dr. E. Donnall Thomas’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation, which led to him receiving the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Since then, Hutch researchers have made a number of breakthroughs, including developing immunotherapies that use the immune system to defeat cancer and advancing the understanding of human biology. 

Admittedly, the eradication of cancer and other life-threatening diseases is an ambitious goal, one that demands tenacity, scientific excellence, collaboration and breakthrough creativity. To accomplish this, Fred Hutch attracts some of the world's greatest minds.

Our roster of internationally acclaimed scientists includes a MacArthur fellow, members of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the Institute of Medicine, members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and current and former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

Fred Hutch understands that disease research means more than searching for new treatments. We are home to the country's largest and oldest cancer prevention program, which has made key contributions to understanding how diet, exercise and other factors reduce the risk of acquiring the disease.

To accelerate our progress, we are part of the Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium. This research and clinical collaboration between the Hutch, the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance enables our researchers to leverage each institution’s strengths and develop premier research programs across many types of disease. The Consortium is among 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, 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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