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Research Administrator I


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, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   
The Basic Sciences Division is one of five scientific Divisions at Fred Hutch and is comprised of 30 faculty-led laboratories. The Division is recruiting for a Research Administrator (RA) to join our team. This position will be one of a team of 11 RAs supporting the Division’s faculty. The RA Team supports the research of scientists that are focused on understanding the normal molecular functioning of cells as well as the disruption that causes complex diseases like cancer and HIV infection.
The Research Administrator I level is a great fit for someone who has some administrative support experience, is familiar with the research process, and is looking for a rewarding career supporting research. The RA 1 is the entry level position in the job family for those learning how to provide research administration and therefore works under direction to complete tasks that transcend general administrative support. 
The RA role requires excellent administrative skills, a customer service orientation, an attention to detail, strong communication skills, and an interest in collaboration. This role will be primarily on campus with an opportunity for hybrid work when trained.


Budget & Fiscal Support
  • Develop, monitor and track simple or basic budgets using Excel
  • Run standard reports in financial software to support budget management
  • Collate and enter receipts and other documentation into relevant systems and tools to support monitoring of expenses against budgets
Funding Source Administration
  • Conduct the clerical aspects of pre and post award activities as directed, such as gathering documents, assisting with completion of content, acquiring signatures and formatting content to adhere to submission guidelines
  • Coordinate the adherence to submission timelines to ensure that deadlines are not missed
Regulatory Support
  • Complete forms and other documentation as directed to ensure compliance
Administrative Support
Execute administrative tasks as directed in support of a department or individual. Example responsibilities include:
  • Calendar and travel coordination
  • Editing and tracking content for presentations, CVs, bio sketches, and publications
  • Time keeping and other personnel administration support
  • Provide general department support such as purchasing, account reconciliation
  • Maintenance of supplies and equipment
  • Event support (ex., catering ordering, room reservations, onsite assistance at event)
  • Facility support (work order request coordination, tracking)
  • Other administrative tasks as needed


  • A high school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Relevant administrative work experience 
  • Maintain regular work hours  
  • Able to prioritize and perform multiple duties received from multiple sources and/or situations requiring time sensitivity without loss of efficiency or accuracy
  • Enjoy interacting professionally with a variety of individuals, both internal to Fred Hutch and with external partners
  • Able to carry-out simple and/or detailed oral and written instructions
  • Complete assigned tasks with minimal or no supervision
  • Exercise independent judgment and make appropriate decisions
  • Enjoy learning new systems and skills and adapt quickly to evolving work priorities and demands
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • An understanding of the general laboratory research process and/or some experience working in, or in support of, a lab or scientist at an academic or non-profit organization
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, as well as Adobe Acrobat
  • Demonstratable experience and knowledge using Excel –for example, using formulas, calculating values in multi-step processes, preparing account reports, and working with pivot tables
  • Basic understanding of accounting and terminology. Experience managing accounts, account reconciliation, account reporting, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communicator
  • High attention to detail
  • Demonstratable experience with successful planning, organizing, and prioritizing your work
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Interest in working on process improvement with team
  • Ability to source data from systems and generate customized reports
  • Ability to edit basic web pages
  • Ability to navigate complex internal systems and departments
  • Prior experience or exposure to grant writing/application preparation
  • Federal grant management experience, preferably with the National Institutes of Health
  • Knowledge of Uniform Guidance and government funding rules
  • Experience supporting lab-based research
  • Knowledge of relevant regulatory guidelines such as compliance with Institutional Review Board processes for human subject and animal use, handling etiologic materials or recombinant DNA, etc.
  • Working knowledge of Fred Hutch policies and procedures

A cover letter is required for this position.
Fred Hutch 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 provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment. 
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.

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.