• Staff Scientist, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Staff Scientist
  • 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 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 highly motivated and experienced Staff Scientist is sought to carry out research in the laboratory of Dr. Linda Buck at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA.

    The Buck Lab studies the molecular mechanisms and neural circuits that underlie the sense of smell and instinctive odor responses. It is interested in how the olfactory system detects myriad environmental chemicals and how the brain translates those chemicals into diverse odor perceptions, hormonal alterations, and instinctive behaviors. Illumination of the neural circuits underpinning these and related effects may provide clues to those affected in certain human disorders, particularly those involving stress, fear, and appetite.


    • Conduct research independently as well as contributing to research being done by other team members as needed
    • Research will focus on one or more research interests of the lab
    • Breed and genotype transgenic murine for specific projects
    • Prepare and analyze tissue sections for mRNA and protein expression using standard techniques utilized in the lab
    • Clone and analyze DNA for use as probes
    • Conduct experiments to analyze murine behavior
    • Prepare graphs and images of research results for presentation and publication
    • Present results obtained in group meetings



    • PhD in molecular and cell biology or molecular neuroscience
    • At least five years of post-doctoral research experience
    • Excellent knowledge of fundamental molecular and cell biology
    • Experience using molecular techniques for cloning and for analysis of nucleic acids and proteins
    • Experience in murine breeding and genotyping
    • Experience in preparing tissue sections and analyzing them using immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization


    • Knowledge of neuroscience
    • Experience analyzing murine behavior
    • Experience with RNA sequencing and bioinformatics is a plus  

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