Open position: Research Project Manager - Matsen Lab

The Matsen research group at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, develops and applies methods to learn about evolution and immunology from molecular sequence data. This position will involve work at the immune/pathogen interface, including studying pathways of antibody evolution via affinity maturation, and analyzing functional assays such as deep mutational scans. There will be substantial collaborative work understanding the evolution of and the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 in a large, funded collaboration including the Baker, Bedford, Bloom, Shendure, and Veesler labs. See our website for more information about what we do.

We are seeking a Research Project Manager with a biological background at the immune/pathogen interface who is interested in moving into the computational sphere. The successful candidate will partner with us for the full life cycle of project development. This includes

  • brainstorming areas where new computational research would be useful
  • reading relevant literature to define our potential contribution
  • writing a project specification with benchmark targets
  • managing the project, including interfacing between computational staff and biologist collaborators
  • contributing to writing papers and software testing.

The Research Project Manager will also share some administrative tasks with the PI.


The environment is lively yet casual, with a strong emphasis on collaborative work between postdocs, PhD students, interns, and programmers.

The Center is housed in a lovely campus on Lake Union a short walk from downtown, and a slightly longer walk from the University of Washington. The Matsen group is in the newly remodeled Steam Plant building overlooking the lake. We believe that science is for everyone. We have had researchers with a variety of backgrounds and believe in the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Please read our expectations of group members. By applying for this position, we expect that you will fulfill these expectations. We enthusiastically solicit feedback on these expectations or requests for clarification.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in adaptive immunology, protein science, biochemistry, structural biology, or another related field, along with a successful track record of independent research.

Essential Skills

In addition to the core qualifications, we are looking for someone who is:

  • creative and thoughtful
  • able to synthesize between fields
  • comfortable with project management
  • a careful writer and diligent editor
  • highly organized
  • able to write scripts in Python, R, or shell to perform basic data analysis
  • willing to handle some administrative tasks
  • interested in the group’s research, passionate about science, and excited to contribute

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Application Instructions

Apply here.