Postdoctoral Fellow in Protein Design

University of Washington and Seattle area research institutes
Salary is competitive and is based on experience and qualifications
May 18 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

**Application Deadline is July 15, 2017**

The Institute for Protein Design (IPD) at the University of Washington (UW) has received a generous gift from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) to launch the WRF Innovation Fellows Program at the Institute for Protein Design, supporting research partnerships between the IPD and other Seattle-area research institutes or UW departments. 

We are recruiting exceptionally talented researchers who have recently finished their PhD to join expert laboratories at Seattle area institutions where they will apply protein design methods to current health, energy, and materials related research problems. 

Applicants must identify a Seattle-based research laboratory in their area of interest, and are expected to spend most of their time in this laboratory while at the same time becoming expert at protein design methodology at the IPD.  Prospective fellows may choose from a list of projects proposed by Seattle area faculty (, or propose a new project; in the latter case the applicant must identify one or more suitable host laboratories.

WRF Innovation Fellowship awards include:

  • A salary based on experience and qualifications
  • Benefits including health insurance
  • $10,000 in protein production core lab support per year
  • A research stipend of $25,000 per year that can be used for supplies, travel, equipment, and other research costs 

Qualifications: WRF Innovation Fellows must have an outstanding scientific record, and must have received their PhD degree by the time they begin their fellowship appointment.

Evaluation criteria for the candidate Fellows are:

  • The Fellow's record of research and other accomplishments.
  • The quality of the proposed research plan and relevance to the goal of promoting applications of protein design methodology.

To Apply: Submit the following documents via the Interfolio platform at this link:  

  • A one page statement of research accomplishments
  • Your CV
  • A two page project description 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A faculty sponsor letter

Full application details and instructions can be found at:

Co-funding opportunity: Please note that there is the possibility of co-funding between two WRF-funded institutes (  Candidates interested in joint WRF appointments should complete the application process for both institutes and clearly indicate on your application that you are applying concurrently to another institute (specify which one).  In addition, the applicant should include a paragraph that clearly indicates the rationale and fit of a joint appointment.  

About the IPD: The exquisite functions of naturally occurring proteins beautifully solve the challenges faced during evolution, but we face new challenges today.  The goal of the Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington is to develop and apply methods for designing a whole new world of synthetic proteins to address these new challenges in the areas of medicine, energy and technology.

The IPD is headed by Dr. David Baker, and is fortunate to be situated in Seattle with a wealth of expertise in healthcare, medicine, computer science, materials science and engineering both at the UW and at the many Seattle-based independent research institutes.