Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.

With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. 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 value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.


The McCrone Lab is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in viral phylogenetics (methods development and/or application). The lab conducts cutting-edge research in the areas of viral evolution and transmission dynamics. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the field of genomic epidemiology well into the future. The growth of genomic datasets has outpaced the development of tractable approaches that can utilize these rich resources. Large sequence databases combined with rich metadata allow for detailed characterization of infectious disease dynamics to an unprecedented degree. Our goal is to use these resources to understand viral evolution and transmission at the level of individuals. Our mission is to better predict and limit the spread of viral pathogens.


At Fred Hutch, all employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to our values of collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity, and respect.

This role will have the opportunity to work partially at our campus and remotely.


The McCrone Lab in the Vaccines and Infectious Disease Division at Fred Hutch is recruiting a postdoc to develop and apply novel computational approaches to characterize virus evolution and transmission in densely sampled, large, genomic datasets. The postdoc is expected to contribute to studies that explore virus evolution and transmission within individual hosts and between populations. They will develop computational methods that leverage the wealth of publicly available next generation sequence data to better anticipate respiratory virus evolution and vaccine escape. They will also have room to define, in discussion with Dr. McCrone, and pursue their own interests related to these core goals of the lab.


Level of autonomy: Independent work with limited oversight via regular check ins (i.e. weekly or semi-monthly as needed).



  • A Ph.D. in Biology, Statistics, Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or another relevant discipline.
  • Proficiency in at least one modern scripting language or programing language (e.g. Python, R, javascript, JAVA, C++)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, collaborative team.


  • A track record of excellent first author publication is strongly favored.
  • Experience with phylogenetic analysis and/or sequence data.
  • Experience developing/and or implementing Bayesian analyses.

How to apply

  • Provide your CV, with publications and contact information for 3 references listed
  • Provide a small coding sample
  • A cover letter that includes:
    • A summary of your past research experiences and accomplishments.
    • Your research interests and why your background and interests are a good fit for this project.
    • Your broader goals for your postdoctoral training period and career, including an ideal timeframe.
    • Your potential start date.


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.

The annual base salary range for this position is from $67,728 to $100,000 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications. This position may be eligible for relocation assistance. 

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, income-based child care subsidy, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (22 days per year), paid sick leave (up to 30 calendar days per occurrence of a qualifying reason), paid holidays (13 days per year), and paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks).

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 Human Resources at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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