Job Description

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Microbiome and Cancer Immunotherapy/Transplant


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 Markey Lab  was established in October 2021 and is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral fellow or a trainee hematologist/oncologist interested in pursuing laboratory-based research project to join the team. The lab focuses on the intersection between the microbiome (and its metabolites) and post-transplant and/or post-immunotherapy immune function and clinical outcomes.


In this role, the candidate will be involved in projects that take clinical observational findings from studies of the intestinal microbiome (e.g. Markey et al, Blood 2020, Miltiadous et al, Blood 2022 and Andrlova et al, Science Translational Medicine, 2022) through to mechanistic studies in mouse models. A number of observational studies have been performed supporting associations between the microbiome and transplant and/or immunotherapy outcome, but mechanistic data is currently lacking. Combining hypotheses generated from our clinical data with state-of-the-art immunology techniques in mouse model systems is important for addressing the current knowledge gaps in the field and supporting the design of microbiome-targeted interventions in future.


To be considered, candidates must have:

  • A recent PhD, MD/PhD, or MD in a relevant biological field
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential


  • Candidate will ideally have laboratory experience in mouse models of human disease, flow cytometry and sequencing methods
  • Experience with microbiology and/or computational aspects of microbiome analysis would be an advantage
  • Experience handling sequencing (single cell transcriptomics) would be an advantage
  • Experience in working with clinical samples and datasets may be part of ongoing projects

This is a full-time lab-based position based on campus at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. A cover letter detailing interest in the position is required and names and contact details for three referees will be requested.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must, prior to their first day of employment:
Provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ; OR
Initiate the accommodations process to request a religious or medical accommodation (medical accommodations require a healthcare provider’s certification).

A statement  describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

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).? 

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are 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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