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Postdoc Definitions


A postdoctoral scholar or "postdoc" is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing. Clinical fellows who extend their research training at the Hutch after their clinical fellowship has ended are considered postdocs.

International Postdoc

Any postdocs on a current work visa. All others are classified as U.S. citizens/permanent residents.

Underrepresented Minority (URM)

U.S. citizens who are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander or multiracial when at least one of the preceding URM racial/ethnic groups has been indicated. 

Outcomes Taxonomy Definitions


  • Academia - Any post-secondary academic institution where training occurs, including colleges, universities, some medical centers, or free-standing research institutions.
  • Government - Any organization operated by federal, state, local or foreign governments.
  • For-profit - Any organization that operates to make a profit, including some industry research.
  • Non-profit - Any non-governmental organization that does not operate to make a profit.
  • Other - Individuals who work at an organization not included in other options or who are on extended leave of absence from the workforce.
  • Unknown - No current career information is known.

Career Type

  • Primarily research - The primary, although not necessarily the only, focus is the conduct or oversight of scientific research.
  • Primarily teaching - The primary, although not necessarily the only, focus is education and teaching.
  • Science-related - Career that is relevant to the conduct of scientific research, but does not directly conduct or oversee research activities
  • Not related to science - Career that is not directly relevant to the conduct of scientific research
  • Further training or education - Temporary training position or enrollment in further education.
  • Unknown - Not currently employed or no information is known.

Job Function

  • Group leader - Leading a research team in a nonacademic setting, including anyone working in industry, non-profit or government who is running a somewhat independent research group.
  • Postdoctoral scholars - Temporary mentored training position following completion of doctoral degree.
  • Research staff - Role that directly involves performing or managing research.
  • Tenure track faculty - Leading an academic research team and eligible for or already tenured.
  • Other - includes all other roles. 

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is a member of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science. The Coalition seeks to improve transparency related to career prospects and opportunities for life sciences trainees, including both graduate students and postdocs.