Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Tumor Dormancy and Immune Targeting

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


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A laboratory in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Translational Research Program (Public Health Sciences Division) is looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to develop immunotherapeutic approaches to target disseminated tumor cells (DTCs). The candidate would join the Laboratory for the Study of Metastatic Microenvironments (LSM2), directed by Cyrus Ghajar. The LSM2 focuses on understanding the biology underlying DTC dormancy (see: Carlson et al., Nature Cell Biology 2019; Goddard et al., Nature Cell Biology 2018; Ghajar et al., Nature Cell Biology 2013) and uncovering means to eradicate dormant DTCs. Our overarching goal is to develop therapeutically viable approaches to prevent breast cancer metastasis.


The candidate will spearhead a project with the goals of:

  • Determining whether T cell-based immunotherapies can be used to target dormant DTCs
  • Identifying potential DTC-specific antigens/neoantigens from patient specimens
  • Developing and applying “Logic-Gated” approaches to target multiple DTC antigens, in combination, and testing on- and off-tumor activities (see: Lajoie et al, Science 2020).


The ideal candidate will be able to take advantage of a resource-rich environment to independently develop a unique and comprehensive research strategy to understand DTC-immune cell interactions, utilizing an array of innovative models and sophisticated techniques we have developed or adopted in the lab. These include organotypic cell culture models, immune-competent murine metastasis models and intravital imaging approaches. 


An interest and passion in developing curative approaches for metastasis is required. A strong publication record and eligibility and desire to apply for future fellowships are also required. A Ph.D. in the field of immunology or tumor immunology is strongly desired. The candidate must also be experienced in essential techniques to characterize and profile immune cells and to gauge their function. A candidate with experience in live cell imaging, bioinformatics, and/or experience working in murine tumor or metastasis models is strongly desired.

The successful candidate will contribute positively to our lab’s environment. They must have excellent communication and organizational skills, the ability to develop creative approaches to experimental design, and thrive both in independent research and while working collaboratively.



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