Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Epidemiology

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship opportunity is offered under the supervision of Dr. Robert Kaplan, to become part of his interdisciplinary research group. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue independent research and publications through the use of rich epidemiological study resources from major NIH-initiated cohort studies in chronic disease epidemiology. Building upon long term followup of population based epidemiological cohort studies, our group has developed a diverse research portfolio that integrates traditional clinical epidemiological measurements, wearable monitor data (e.g., physical activity, sleep), genetics (GWA, whole genome sequencing), metabolomics, gut microbiome, electronic health records and psychosocial and lifecourse epidemiology approaches. Our areas of research focus include lifestyle behaviors including diet, physical activity and sleep, with a particular focus on the Hispanic / Latino adult and pediatric populations; inflammatory and immunologic determinants of cardiometabolic disease; genetic epidemiology studies among multiethnic populations; nutritional epidemiology; and multi-omics research (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, metabolomics). Projects include the following large multicenter collaborations, among others: Hispanic Community Health Study-Study of Latinos/HCHS-SOL; Women's Interagency HIV Study/WIHS; Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study/MACS; Nurses’ Health Study; Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology consortium/CHARGE, NIH Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine Program/TOPMed.


Seeking highly-motivated applicants (PhD/ScD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field) with outstanding training and experience in epidemiological methods. While diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases are the main focus of our group, individuals with interests in related conditions and risk factors are welcomed to apply. Applicants are expected to have outstanding writing skills and will be expected to conceive and execute creative new uses of epidemiological cohort study data. We also encourage and support attendance at scientific conferences, and participation in Steering Committee and other study leadership meetings of national/international collaborative research groups.



Please submit the following materials with your application

  • Cover letter briefly summarizing research interests and short- and long-term career goals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for two professional references
  • One publication highlighting your work

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 antiracism 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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