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Mahan Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)
Seattle, Washington State
Closing date
Jan 18, 2022

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The Herbold Computational Biology Program of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington invites applications for the Mahan postdoctoral fellowship. The fellowship will provide an exceptional individual with an early start on their career as an independent scientist by providing a 21-month stipend to pursue their proposed research project in the laboratory of a Fred Hutch Computational Biologist mentor.

Faculty of any discipline or rank from the Fred Hutch, UW, or any other institute may be proposed as co-mentors. The project must be focused on a topic of biological interest, must involve a computational or mathematical component, and may include an experimental component. A laboratory trained scientist may satisfy the computational and mathematical requirement by including a training component in their proposal. Computationally strong candidates may include a laboratory training component as well. The research direction should reflect the interests and ideas of the applicant, although the final research proposal may be jointly designed; see Additional Information for more details on the application process and for a list of potential mentors.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center’s five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. Fred Hutch, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest.

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. 

Please direct all questions to Ruby Mae San Pedro, Computational Biology Research Administrator. 


  • Ph.D. must have been awarded after June 2019 in a computational, quantitative or biological discipline.
  • Ph.D. must be awarded prior to the start of the fellowship.
  • Applicants who have held faculty or scientific staff positions are not eligible.
  • Fred Hutch Internal applicants – Start date at Fred Hutch must be within 12 months of the pre-application deadline.

Application Instructions

Key Application Dates

  • Pre-application Deadline: January 18, 2022
  • Notification to proceed with Full Proposals: January 28, 2022
  • Full Proposal Deadline: March 7, 2022
  • Notification of Final Selection: March 31, 2022
  • Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2022

Application Process

Pre-application Phase

Please submit the following materials/information through the Interfolio application portal:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1-page (maximum) Proposed Research Statement
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • 1-page (maximum) diversity, equity, and inclusion statement
  • (optional) Select a primary mentor through the Interfolio application portal

Pre-application materials are due January 18, 2022.


Final Application Phase (if invited)

Upon invitation by the review committee, please submit the following materials/information through the Interfolio application portal:

  • 3-5 page (maximum, single-spaced, font size 11pt)
  • Research Statement (which may be co-written with the proposed mentor)
  • 2 additional letters of recommendation 

Full proposals are due March 7, 2021.


Additional Information

  • The start date of the fellowship is flexible but should start within 1 year of the award.
  • Applicants may contact a potential mentor (see list below) but this is not required.
  • Mentors may be contacted to get a statement of interest in the area, to assess the lab resources to see if they are adequate, or other general questions. However, the research idea(s) in the research statement need to be substantively those of the candidate.
  • Candidates who are invited to submit a full proposal may work more closely with the mentor at that time. 

Eligible Faculty Mentors:

Trevor Bedford           

Alice Berger               

Jesse Bloom              

Ivana Bozic

Phil Bradley                

Robert Bradley

Melody Campbell                   

Gavin Ha

Kelley Harris

Ollivier Hyrien            

Georg Luebeck                                  

Erick Matsen  

Evan Newell                           

Armita Nourmohammad

Manu Setty

Rasi Subramaniam    

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Fred Hutch is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer.  We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class.  We are an Affirmative Action employer.  We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.

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