Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Molecular Neuroscience

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


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A postdoctoral fellow position in Molecular Neuroscience is available in the lab of Dr. Linda Buck at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center. The lab is part of the Basic Sciences Division, which investigates diverse areas of molecular and cellular biology, including neuroscience, virology, and evolutionary biology.


The Buck Lab is investigating fundamental mechanisms underlying brain function. Current projects focus on molecular mechanisms involved in stress and fear and the control of appetite. These include elucidation of genes and neural circuits that regulate these functions and how they are modulated by the olfactory system. Methods used include cutting edge tools for genetic, chemical and optical control of neuronal function, imaging of gene expression and neuronal activation, gene editing to analyze specific gene functions, and single cell genomics.


The fellow will be responsible for developing and executing a project related to current and future interests of the lab, as determined by discussions with Dr. Buck. The successful candidate will be an individual who is enthusiastic about science and is capable of independent research.



  • PhD in molecular/cell biology, molecular neuroscience, computational biology, or related field
  • Excellent knowledge of fundamental molecular and cell biology
  • Experience using molecular techniques for cloning and for analysis of nucleic acids and proteins
  • Experience using immunohistochemistry and/or in situ hybridization for analyses of gene expression


  • Experience with RNA sequencing and bioinformatics
  • Experience in mouse breeding and genotyping
  • Knowledge of neuroscience

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