• Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellows and Associates
  • Overview

    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 and largest 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.


    A post-doctoral fellowship opportunity is offered under the supervision of Dr. Robert Kaplan, to become part of his interdisciplinary research group. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue independent research and publications through the use of rich epidemiological study resources from major NIH-initiated cohort studies in chronic disease epidemiology. Building upon long term followup of population based epidemiological cohort studies, our group has developed a diverse research portfolio that integrates traditional clinical epidemiological measurements, wearable monitor data (e.g., physical activity, sleep), genetics (GWA, whole genome sequencing), metabolomics, gut microbiome, electronic health records and psychosocial and lifecourse epidemiology approaches. Our areas of research focus include lifestyle behaviors including diet, physical activity and sleep, with a particular focus on the Hispanic / Latino adult and pediatric populations; inflammatory and immunologic determinants of cardiometabolic disease; genetic epidemiology studies among multiethnic populations; nutritional epidemiology; and multi-omics research (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, metabolomics). Projects include the following large multicenter collaborations, among others: Hispanic Community Health Study-Study of Latinos/HCHS-SOL; Women's Interagency HIV Study/WIHS; Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study/MACS; Nurses’ Health Study; Health Professionals Follow-up Study; Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology consortium/CHARGE, NIH Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine Program/TOPMed.


    Seeking highly-motivated applicants (PhD/ScD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field) with outstanding training and experience in epidemiological methods. While diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease are the main focus of our group, individuals with interests in related conditions and risk factors are welcomed to apply. Applicants are expected to have outstanding writing skills and will be expected to conceive and execute creative new uses of epidemiological cohort study data. We also encourage and support attendance at scientific conferences, and participation in Steering Committee and other study leadership meetings of national/international collaborative research groups.

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    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, 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 escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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