Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Neuro-immune Control of Metabolism

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Seattle, WA, United States


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 and largest 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.

Candidates will be encouraged to build on the lab’s ideas and develop new directions for their research projects. 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 investigates mechanisms that enable energy homeostasis, specifically how fat cells relay information to the brain.


A postdoctoral position for a recent enthusiastic PhD graduate is available in the Rajan Lab at Fred Hutch. The Rajan lab uses multidisciplinary approaches to study how organisms sense and communicate nutrient state. We are seeking a highly motivated postdoc candidate interested in one of the following two research areas – blood brain barrier access of adipokines or innate immune molecules that intersect with metabolism— in the Drosophila model system, with subsequent validation in murine and/or human cell systems. The postdoc candidate will carry out independent research projects and participate in lab meetings/journal clubs, as well as contribute to the smooth running of the lab.



  • A recent PhD degree in biology or related field.
  • A strong foundation in molecular and cell biology.
  • 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.


  • Background and familiarity with Drosophila genetics and/or mammalian cell culture desirable

Please apply with a letter summarizing previous work experience, future research interests, and contact information for three professional references.

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