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Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Gut Microbiome

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Gut Microbiome

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows and Associates

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The Dey Laboratory in the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutch seeks enthusiastic and creative individuals who are interested in problem solving and discovery. Our lab studies how diet and the gut microbiome (i.e., the micro-organisms that reside within the gastrointestinal tract) interact to influence gut physiology and thereby shape our daily experiences. Our work includes in vitro and in vivo investigations to elucidate mechanisms by which gut bacteria interface with the host (Dey et al., Cell 2015; Wagner/Dey et al., Science Translational Medicine 2016).


The post-doctoral fellow will work closely with the PI, Dr. Neelendu Dey. The position requires significant computational experience and will entail analyses of metagenomic, meta-transcriptomic, and metabolomic datasets on a high-performance computing cluster. If desired, the postdoc can receive additional optional training in anaerobic culturing of gut bacteria and working with gnotobiotic mice. Additional expectations include daily electronic documentation of lab work in a detailed fashion, summarizing and reporting data in an organized fashion, meeting with collaborators, and writing papers.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. with laboratory experience
  • Computational experience
  • Statistical knowledge


Preferred qualifications:

  • Machine learning experience
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrable creativity (which can be shown through experiences in the humanities)
  • Organized disposition, with ability to triage tasks by importance and time sensitivity
  • Interest in electronic record keeping
  • Flexibility with respect to schedule, with occasional weekend and/or evening duties as dictated by experiments


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


Pay and Benefits

Competitive post-doc-level salary and excellent benefits.

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