Postdoctoral Fellowships


Postdoctoral Fellowships

Alexandra Forsyth, left, and Emma Cousin work in the Lee Nelson Lab at Fred Hutch.

Alexandra Forsyth, left, and Emma Cousin work in the Lee Nelson Lab at Fred Hutch.

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

As one of the U.S.’ oldest NCI-designated cancer centers, Fred Hutch has for decades pioneered new lifesaving treatments, preventions and cures for cancer and related diseases. Our faculty come from a variety of research backgrounds and interests, all brought together with a common mission to eliminate cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

A postdoctoral fellowship with the Hutch offers 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.

Research culture

Scientific excellence, collaboration, openness and innovation – Fred Hutch revolutionizes science and saves lives through our cutting-edge, innovative research. For Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Fred Hutch is committed to providing educational opportunities at all levels.

"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

With more than 300 faculty-led research teams to choose from, postdocs at Fred Hutch have a tremendous opportunity to interact with researchers whose lifesaving work makes headlines around the world every year. Our faculty focus on diverse areas of cancer, infectious diseases and basic science, from fundamental biology to studies of the molecular and cellular basis of disease to translating research into lifesaving treatments.

Our dedication to postdocs means Fred Hutch consistently ranks in the top tier of best institutions for postdoc work. The Hutch is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association. More than 200 postdocs currently work at the Hutch.

Resources and support

Nixon Niyonzima works in the Jerome Lab on the Fred Hutch campus in Seattle

Nixon Niyonzima works in the Jerome Lab on the Fred Hutch campus in Seattle.

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

Our researchers are committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists who share our passion for science. We offer a number of professional development programs, symposiums, seminar series and social events, including:

  • A variety of career development programs and mentoring to help postdocs identify and achieve their career goals, including The Exploration Program from Industry Careers (EPIC), Ivory Quest and First Friday Series
  • The Office of Scientific Career Development is a unique resource, focused on all aspects of professional development and advising for scientific trainees at the Hutch. 
  • The Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC) represents the interests of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and medical fellows at Fred Hutch to obtain the best education possible for future careers.
  • Hutch United (HU) promotes the success of underrepresented and self-identified minority scientists by fostering a diverse community at Fred Hutch.
  • Fellowship and training grant opportunities.
  • Programs that provide hands-on mentored experience in writing, editing and teaching.
  • Symposiums and seminar series throughout the year on a variety of research topics. 
  • Organized social events

Research facilities

Aerial view of the Fred Hutch campus (highlighted) in Seattle

Aerial view of the Fred Hutch campus (highlighted) in Seattle.

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Fred Hutch houses state-of-the-art, modern facilities on a sustainable 15-acre campus. Our Shared Resources have become a nationally recognized model of excellence. With 14 core facilities to support existing and emerging research needs with centralized services, expertise and technology, this resource is one of the nation’s largest and serves Fred Hutch, University of Washington and other researchers.


"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

As an academic, teaching and research institution, Fred Hutch works closely with a number of other institutions locally and nationwide to further the development of scientific excellence. Fred Hutch has close research ties and collaborations with UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutch’s clinical care partner. SCCA is part of the Hutch campus and the Hutch’s leading role in this alliance allows for close collaboration between cancer clinicians and researchers, speeding both medical research and the translation of that research to improve patient care.


Located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, Fred Hutch is surrounded by a large local biotech community, including several Hutch spin-off companies. This neighborhood is Seattle’s hub for global health and life sciences research organizations, and many postdocs who come to the Hutch find their next career steps at neighboring institutes or companies.

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