Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bioengineering

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


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The Jia Zhu Lab has a post-doctoral position open to conduct research in immune responses in human barrier tissues.

The Postdoctoral Fellow recruited for this position will study the protective immune responses in human barrier tissue, such as skin and mucosa, against viral pathogens, including human herpes simplex virus. The candidate will participate in research activities:

  1. to expand the development of three-dimensional (3-D) ‘tissue organoids’ and/or ‘organ-on-chip’ platforms based on our new ‘skin-on-chip’ microfluidic device incorporated with a microvascular network, and
  2. to delineate viral-host interactions and understand monocytes, neutrophils and lymphocytes recruitment and function in human tissues using our in vitro tissue model system.
  3. to evaluate newly discovered antiviral drugs and compounds.

The candidate will conduct independent research and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, engineers and clinicians, and be expected to conduct manuscript/grant writing and research presentations at local and major scientific conferences.




Minimum qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in the field of Immunology, Virology or related fields and experience in a related area
  • Must be knowledgeable in modern molecular biology techniques and be proficient in microscopic imaging
  • The candidate should be highly motivated, with a strong desire to develop cutting edge technology
  • Be able to work independently in a team environment
  • Strong analytical skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and problem-solving skills are needed

Application instructions:

Please include a cover letter with your application, describing your research accomplishments as well as detailing your interest and suitability for this position.

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

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