Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Neuroscience/Neurodegeneration

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows and Associates


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


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.


A postdoctoral fellow position in Neuroscience/Neurodegeneration is available in the Fred Hutch lab of Dr. Linda Buck. Dr. Buck received a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2004 for “Odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system”. Current projects in the Buck lab focus on molecular mechanisms that underlie stress, appetite, and neurodegeneration and how they are influenced by the olfactory system. The lab has developed and uses cutting edge technologies to unravel neural mechanisms and neural circuits underlying specific functions/dysfunctions. These include novel genomics methods to define neural circuits, genetic and chemical control of neuronal activation, imaging of gene expression and neuronal activation, gene editing, 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.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

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

Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment. 


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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