Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Functional Cancer Genomics

Seattle, Washington State
Based on experience
September 23 2019
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to lead a project in cancer drug target discovery based in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Kemp. The ideal candidate will have a formal background in cancer biology, expertise in cell culture, including tumor organoids, molecular biology, genetic analysis, and the use of animal models. 


The applicant will apply state of the art functional genomic and high-throughput screening approaches to identify genes required for cancer cell survival and sensitizers to current cancer therapeutics. Through functional cellular assays, and animal models, the applicant will prioritize and validate these as candidate drug targets. The applicant will be expected to interact with an interdisciplinary local team (computational scientists, clinicians, cancer biologists) and with the national CTD2 network. We currently have identified several high-value targets that are in stages of validation in patient derived tumor organoids.



Minimum qualifications:

  • A PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, cancer biology, genetics, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated track record of productive, independent research.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with drug development would be a plus.  

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter detailing your research accomplishments, and suitability for this position with your application. At least two letters of recommendation will be requested as part of the screening process.


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