Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Temporary)

Location: United States
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Published: 1 month ago

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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 Dey Laboratory in the Translational Science and Therapeutics Division at Fred Hutch seeks enthusiastic and creative individuals who are interested in applying experimental and computational methods to the study of the gut microbiome (i.e., the micro-organisms that reside within the gastrointestinal tract) and its effects on health and disease. The lab’s primary focus is on developing microbiome-based tools for improving colorectal cancer screening and prevention. Our work involves in vitro and in vivo investigations to elucidate mechanisms by which gut bacteria induce precancer and cancer states. This is a short-term appointment to help complete two projects necessitating machine learning expertise.


The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work under the direction of Dr. Dey and with other laboratory personnel. The position requires significant computational experience and will entail analyses of metagenomic, meta-transcriptomic, and metabolomic datasets on a high-performance computing cluster. An explicit demand of this position is to help develop predictive machine learning models using these data. The individual will be responsible for performing experiments and conducting analyses, for documenting lab work in detail daily and electronically, and for summarizing and reporting data in an organized fashion. Additional expectations include writing grant proposals and papers, programming (ensuring the adherence to principles of reproducible research, maintaining detailed documentation of methodologies, data, code, and results), conducting literature reviews (staying abreast of the latest developments in this research space), meeting with collaborators and other members of the lab, participating in multi-disciplinary research programs to foster a team-oriented research environment, and optimizing protocols as related to the research.



  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. in related field with research experience
  • Significant computational experience
  • Statistical knowledge


  • Machine learning experience
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrable creativity
  • Organized disposition, with ability to triage tasks by importance and time sensitivity
  • Ability to document work electronically and in timely fashion (typically daily)
  • Flexibility with respect to schedule

Candidates with an interest in taking projects from start-to-finish, in publishing, and advancing to a leadership position in academia or industry are of particular interest.


To apply for this position, please provide the following:

  • A cover letter explaining your research interests and stating your future plans
  • CV or resume
  • 2-3 publications
  • 3-4 references

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.

Funding for this position is expected to end May 2024. This is a temporary position with the possibility of transitioning to a full-time equivalent (FTE) role based on performance and business needs.


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees access to a retirement savings plan, an employee assistance program, paid sick leave (1 hour for every 30 hours worked), and prorated paid holidays (up to 11 days per year).


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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