Job ID: 96645

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow- Neuro-Immune metabolism

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 6 December 2022

City: Seattle

Country: United States

Institution: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Department: Rajan Lab


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.


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.


The Rajan lab is located in the Basic Sciences Division at Fred Hutch in Seattle. Grounded in a steadfast commitment to scientific excellence and bold creativity, the Basic Sciences Division encourages robust, ongoing collaboration among divisions, laboratories and clinical researchers. Research from this Division has yielded several landmark breakthroughs and scientific advances, including two Nobel Prize-winning discoveries that may inform new approaches to treatment. Notably, this Division values contributions from scientists who have completed their post-doctoral studies and join labs as staff scientists to continue contributing to discoveries, while working alongside the principal investigators to move science in new directions and mentor junior colleagues. Our post-doctoral fellows have a wealth of access to mentoring and other professional development opportunities to enable them to achieve their career goals.


A post-doctoral position is available in the Rajan Lab at Fred Hutch. The Rajan Lab uses multidisciplinary approaches to study how adipocytes communicate to the brain. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate interested the following broad research area –innate immune molecules that intersect with metabolism–  the work will be carried out using the Drosophila model system, with subsequent validation in mouse and/or human cell systems. The candidate will carry out independent research projects, help to write grants and papers, and engage and guide technicians. They will participate in lab meetings/journal clubs, attend conferences as well as contribute to the smooth running of the lab. Post-doc fellows will be encouraged to build on the lab’s ideas independently and provided resources to develop new directions for their research projects.



  • Recent PhD degree
  • A strong foundation in molecular and cell biology
  • Background and familiarity with Drosophila genetics and/or mammalian cell culture desirable or any vertebrate model system desirable.
  • Candidates need to be highly motivated and well-organized individuals who think independently, but enjoy working as part of a dynamic and collaborative team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Candidates with a very strong background in one of the following will be given preference: Drosophila or mouse genetics; behavior and integrative physiology cell-free systems and biochemical reconstitution; and/or mammalian cell culture.
  • Expertise in one of the following areas: energy metabolism, glial cell biology, autophagic processes or innate immunity.

Please apply with a letter summarizing previous work experience, what they envision their post-doctoral career to lead to. Also provide contact information for three professional references.

Submit applications to:–neuro-immune-metabolism/job

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As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.


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.

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