Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Hatch Lab

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences


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A fully-funded post-doctoral research fellow position is available in the Hatch Lab in the Basic Sciences Division. We study the structure and dynamics of the mammalian nuclear envelope, and our primary interests are to understand why and how nuclear membranes rupture and repair, and how defects in nuclear membrane stability impact cancer development (Hatch et al., Cell, 2013; Maciejowski and Hatch, Ann Rev Cell Dev Biol, 2020; Young, Gunn, and Hatch, MBoC, 2020). The Hatch lab uses a variety of techniques to achieve these goals with a focus on microscopy and cell-based tool development.


The fellow will be responsible for developing, in discussion with Dr. Hatch, and executing a project related to the core interests of the lab with the goal of developing a new line of inquiry that the fellow could start their own research program with, if desired.


Current areas of interest are: identifying proteins that drive membrane repair and how membrane gap size influences repair pathway choice, determining why chromatin state regulates nuclear lamina organization and membrane stability in micronuclei, developing new tools to track and isolate micronucleated chromatin and cells, and designing new experimental models to investigate how chromosome missegregation into micronuclei impacts cell transformation and tumor progression. The development of collaborative projects with other labs at Fred Hutch or elsewhere is of substantial interest.


Strong candidates will have demonstrated excellent abilities to independently design and execute a project, identify and communicate with scientists outside their lab to learn new techniques or topics, and effectively communicate the significance of their research in both oral and written presentations.



  • A PhD in biology is required.
  • First authorship on a published manuscript, or one close to submission, is required.
  • The ability to clearly and efficiently communicate data, both in writing and verbally, is required.
  • The ability to work independently is required.
  • Experience with microscopy and quantitative image analysis is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with immunological labeling techniques, including western blotting, flow cytometry, and immunofluorescence, is preferred.

To apply to this position please provide the following:


  • Cover letter summarizing previous work experience and research interests,
  • CV
  • Contact information for three professional references.

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