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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Seattle, Washington State
$65,484.00 to $100,000
Closing date
23 Dec 2023

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Health Science, Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-Designated cancer center in Washington.




With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. 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 value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.




The Epidemiology Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who will work directly with Dr. Trang VoPham. The successful applicant will have a background in environmental epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, or related fields and will lead research projects focused on the application of geospatial science in cancer and environmental epidemiology.


Responsibilities These projects include, but are not limited to, epidemiologic studies on associations and health disparities related to climate change factors, such as wildfire air pollution exposure, and cancer survival outcomes and examining environmental exposures, including location-based social determinants of health and geospatial light exposure modeling for environmental circadian misalignment and solar jetlag, in relation to liver disease. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to large-scale geospatial exposure databases and study populations to conduct these epidemiologic studies and will gain intensive applied training in geospatial analytics using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.




This Postdoctoral Fellowship is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) T32 Training Program entitled “Contributing Factors and Consequences of Cancer Health Disparities” (T32 CA094880). This T32 Training Program is led by Dr. Amanda Phipps, Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, and Dr. Christopher Li, Professor, Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Inclusion, and Associate Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have many opportunities for first-author publications; preparing abstracts to present study results at scientific conferences; engagement in career and professional development activities; skills and practice in grant writing, disseminating scientific findings, and developing a long-term career plan; and collaboration with investigators on other environmental and/or cancer epidemiology projects. This T32 Training Program, which harnesses the exceptional scientific resources at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, provides a highly supportive, intellectually vibrant, and academically rigorous interdisciplinary environment to support trainees in developing knowledge and skills to conduct impactful independent research addressing the root causes and consequences of cancer health disparities.


Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:


  • PhD or MD in epidemiology, environmental health, or a related field

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience with statistical programming (e.g., SAS)
  • Experience with GIS (e.g., Esri ArcGIS Pro)
  • Highly motivated individual with excellent written and verbal communication skills 



Application Instructions:




To apply for this position, please submit the following materials:


  • Cover letter briefly summarizing research interests and short- and long-term career goals Curriculum vitae Contact information for two professional references One publication highlighting your work



The annual base salary range for this position is from $65,484.00 to $100,000.00 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications. This position may be eligible for relocation assistance.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, income-based child care subsidy, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (22 days per year), paid sick leave (up to 30 calendar days per occurrence of a qualifying reason), paid holidays (13 days per year), and paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks).



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.

At Fred Hutch, our interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit of, and passion for, health knowledge and hope to their work and the world. Together, our researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, when cure rates are highest; developing effective treatments with fewer side effects; and learning how to prevent cancers from growing in the first place.

Our groundbreaking discoveries began in the 1970s with Dr. E. Donnall Thomas’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation, which led to him receiving the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Since then, Hutch researchers have made a number of breakthroughs, including developing immunotherapies that use the immune system to defeat cancer and advancing the understanding of human biology. 

Admittedly, the eradication of cancer and other life-threatening diseases is an ambitious goal, one that demands tenacity, scientific excellence, collaboration and breakthrough creativity. To accomplish this, Fred Hutch attracts some of the world's greatest minds.

Our roster of internationally acclaimed scientists includes a MacArthur fellow, members of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the Institute of Medicine, members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and current and former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

Fred Hutch understands that disease research means more than searching for new treatments. We are home to the country's largest and oldest cancer prevention program, which has made key contributions to understanding how diet, exercise and other factors reduce the risk of acquiring the disease.

To accelerate our progress, we are part of the Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium. This research and clinical collaboration between the Hutch, the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance enables our researchers to leverage each institution’s strengths and develop premier research programs across many types of disease. The Consortium is among 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, 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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