• Staff Scientist, Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Fat-Brain Relay

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Staff Scientist
  • Overview

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle. Its interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.


    Staff Scientist opportunity in neuro-immune control of metabolism


    The Rajan lab is located in the Basic Sciences Division at Fred Hutch in Seattle. Grounded in a steadfast commitment to scientific excellence and bold creativity, the Basic Sciences Division encourages robust, ongoing collaboration among divisions, laboratories and clinical researchers. Research from this Division has yielded several landmark breakthroughs and scientific advances, including two Nobel Prize-winning discoveries that may inform new approaches to treatment. Notably, this Division values contributions from scientists who have completed their post-doctoral studies and join labs as staff scientists to continue contributing to discoveries, while working along side the principal investigators to move science in new directions and mentor junior colleagues.


    A Staff Scientist position is available in the Rajan Lab at Fred Hutch. The Rajan Lab uses multidisciplinary approaches to study how organisms’ sense and communicate nutrient state. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate interested in one of the following two research areas – blood brain barrier access of adipokines or innate immune molecules that intersect with metabolism-- in the Drosophila model system, with subsequent validation in murine and/or human cell systems. The candidate will carry out independent research projects, help to write grants and papers, and engage and guide technicians. They will participate in lab meetings/journal clubs, attend conferences as well as contribute to the smooth running of the lab.


    Please apply with a letter summarizing previous work experience, why a long-term staff scientist role is being considered at this career stage. Also provide contact information for three professional references.


    • PhD degree in Biology or related fields and three years of postdoctoral research experience
    • A strong foundation in molecular and cell biology
    • Candidates need to be highly motivated and well-organized individuals who think independently, enjoy working as part of a dynamic and collaborative team and are enthusiastic about mentoring junior scientists
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


    • Candidates with a very strong background in one of the following will be given preference: Drosophila genetics; cell-free systems and biochemical reconstitution; and/or mammalian cell culture.
    • Five years or more of postdoctoral research experience.
    • Expertise in glial cell biology, autophagic processes or innate immunity.

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