Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fred Hutch has more than 200 postdoctoral fellows working in labs across all five research divisions. We provide postdocs with the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of biomedical research in a supportive, collaborative environment with faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping their trainees achieve their career goals.

With more than 140 faculty-led research teams, postdocs at Fred Hutch have a tremendous opportunity to interact with researchers whose lifesaving work makes headlines around the world. Our faculty focus on diverse areas of cancer, infectious diseases and basic science, from fundamental biology to the molecular and cellular basis of disease and the translation of research into lifesaving treatments. Fred Hutch consistently ranks in the top tier of institutions for postdoctoral work.

“This is pretty much my dream job, working on an interesting and worthwhile project in a great lab with awesome colleagues and being on the frontline of where research meets the clinic.”

— Dr. Rachel Perret, postdoctoral research fellow studying T-cell therapy in Dr. Phil Greenberg’s lab

Rich Opportunities

Postdocs benefit from Fred Hutch’s close research ties with UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutch’s clinical care partner. SCCA is located on the Fred Hutch campus, which allows for close collaboration between cancer clinicians and cancer researchers, speeding up both medical research and the translation of that research into improved patient care.

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Postdoc Benefits and Support

Postdocs are eligible for health care and other benefits, including childcare subsidies, provided by Fred Hutch or the relevant funding body.

Fred Hutch postdoc benefits include the following:


  • Medical insurance through Premera Blue Cross or Kaiser Permanente and dental insurance through Delta Dental of Washington
  • Health & Dependent Care (Daycare) Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Basic & optional life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability coverage effective on the first day of employment

403(B) Retirement Savings Plan offering a platform of best-in-class fund options through TIAA

Paid Time-Off Benefits:

  • Vacation: 22 days per year
  • Holidays and personal days: 12 paid holidays during the year, including 1-2 personal holidays
  • Sick leave: 30 days of paid sick leave per occurrence
  • Bonding leave options for new parents and guardians

Additional Benefits:

  • Onsite employee health clinic services are free for employees enrolled with Premera or Kaiser
  • HomeStreet Bank Hometown Home Loan Program
  • Health Club Discounts
  • Bright Horizons Care Advantage
  • Hutch Kids Child Care Center
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tobacco-Free Facilities
  • On-campus showers, bike racks, coffee bars and dining facilities (free parking for motorcycles and scooters)
  • Subsidized and tax-advantaged transportation options (I.e. subsidized Orca card)
  • Free shuttle to and from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Free emergency taxi rides

“There’s a commitment to training here — programs that I’ve never seen anywhere else.”

— Dr. Minna Roh-Johnson, postdoctoral research fellow studying tumor microenvironments in Dr. Cecilia Moens’ lab


The Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC) publishes a survival guide for graduate students and postdocs at Fred Hutch that includes valuable information on topics ranging from benefits and career development to mentoring opportunities and Fred Hutch–sponsored sports teams.

SPAC works to improve the environment for graduate students and postdocs at Fred Hutch and works closely with the Office of Scientific Career Development (OSCD) to offer professional development workshops. Postdocs also have access to individual career counseling with the OSCD director.

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