Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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


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.

At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.

The Bleakley laboratory in the Program in Immunology and the Clinical Research Division is looking for a highly motivated individual to support the development of immunotherapy for cancer.


The post-doctoral research fellow will work on projects in the Bleakley Lab primarily on laboratory studies including, but not limited to, cancer antigen discovery, molecular cloning and evaluation of T cell receptors (TCRs) and transgene constructs in vitro and in vivo patient derived-xenograft models, and tracking T cell responses to cancer antigens in patient tissue samples.


The successful applicant will employ strategies such as functional T cell assays, cell culture, multi-parametric flow cytometry, flow sorting, DNA extraction for TCR sequencing, analysis of TCR sequencing data, isolation of cancer-specific T cells from human peripheral blood, experimentation in patient-derived xenografts, quantitative PCR and bioinformatics analysis.


This is a full-time position with a salary based on the NIH scale and excellent benefits.


Applicants will have a PhD in a biological science and/or a MD. The ideal candidate will have a research background in immunology with robust skills in molecular and cellular biology, including flow cytometry, T cell functional assays, DNA and RNA extraction, molecular cloning, PCR and quantitative PCR. Desirable skills include bioinformatics analysis, scientific writing and presentations.


To be successful in this position, the post-doctoral research fellow must be highly motivated with a track record of productive research, exemplified by first author publication(s) and presentations, and willing to work in a highly collaborative, fast paced, collaborative and dynamic environment. This position is suited to someone who enjoys mastering new skills, multitasking and working in a team science environment.


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

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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