Office of Scientific Career Development

The Office of Scientific Career Development (OSCD) assists Fred Hutch graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical fellows to help them identify and achieve their career goals and help them to develop aspects of the core competencies of a successful scientist.

OSCD offers professional development training and resources, career counseling for scientists, and resources for international students.

Professional Development

We focus on professional development topics including research skill development, communication skills, project management and interpersonal networking. 

Ivory Tower Quest

Exploration Program for Industry Careers

First Friday Series

Other Professional Development

Ivory Tower Quest

The Ivory Tower Quest Series focuses on finding tenure track faculty positions.  The series presents panels and talks on composing an application packet, interviewing skills, and negotiating a start-up package.  We also provide a venue to give a practice chalk talk with faculty in attendance. 


  • Two Panel discussions on putting an application packet together and the interview process are available on streaming video.
  • Sample application packets from postdoctoral alumni now holding faculty positions.

Career Counseling for Current and Alumni

Dr. Karen Peterson, Director of the Office of Scientific Career Development, is available to current and former Hutch scientists to talk about career choices and options. 

She can help you work through what you want to do next, connect you with people who have successfully made a transition into the type of position you want, review your application packet (CV/resume and cover letter), and help you think about how to best negotiate a job offer.

Karen is the author of the Nature Guide to Life Science Careers and has been offering career counseling and information to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students for over 20 years. In addition, she started as a postdoc at the Hutch and made a career transition away from the lab bench and into science education and administration.


Hutch graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have access to a number of opportunities and resources at Fred Hutch and in the Seattle area.

Affordable Housing Programs

International Scientists

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Free National Postdoctoral Association Membership

Affordable Housing Programs

The MFTE Program provides a tax exemption on new multifamily buildings in exchange for setting aside 20-25% of the homes as income- and rent-restricted. By supporting mixed-income residential development in the urban centers, the MFTE program ensures affordability as the community grows.

As of 2019, Seattle’s Area Median Income (AMI) is currently $76,000. To calculate your %AMI divide your salary by Seattle’s AMI. This percentage will help determine what your rent limit is. View a table of income and rent limits.

If you are interested in applying for income/rent restricted units through the MFTE program, read the Renter’s Guide to Seattle’s Multifamily Tax Exemption and Incentive Zoning Programs

The following is a list of non-profit organizations who offer affordable housing. Each organization has its own application process – contact each one to learn more.

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Last Modified, April 09, 2020