Post-Doctoral Research Fellow job vacancy in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA 98109)

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Company name : Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Location : Seattle, WA 98109
Position : Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Description :

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, 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 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.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Collective Tumor Signaling, Migration, and Metastasis

A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Cheung at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. The Cheung laboratory takes a particular interest in the social life of breast cancer cells. For decades, dogma has held that cancer cells must metastasize individually. However, a wealth of studies now reveal that tumor cells can also migrate and metastasize to distant organs as tumor cell clusters. Crucially, this collective pathway endows breast tumor cells with greatly augmented potential to migrate, proliferate, and evade cancer therapy. Our group explores the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating this collective process using time-lapse microscopy, 3D organotypic culture, novel animal models, and clinical studies of circulating tumor cells. Pairing cell biologic insight with translational impact, we aim to innovate new therapeutic approaches to effectively eradicate and prevent metastatic breast cancer.

We are seeking highly motivated and experienced postdoc candidates interested in mechanisms of collective signaling (Wrenn et al. Cell 2020) and polyclonal metastasis (Cheung and Ewald. Science 2016). Multi-omic profiling, organoids, and mouse models will be used to dissect inter-cellular interactions and their roles during metastasis and therapy resistance.

Learn more about our lab here:

We are looking for candidates who are great communicators that value teamwork and can thrive in a fast paced environment. The ideal candidate will lead one of several core projects in our laboratory.


A recent PhD or MD degree.
At least two first author publications are required.
Experience with cell culture, collective migration studies, and time-lapse microscopy.
Able to work both independently and as part of a laboratory team.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule: Full time position, Salary DOE + excellent benefits.

Please apply with a CV, three professional references, and a motivation letter as to why you are specifically interested in this job opportunity.

Fred Hutch 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 provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.

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.

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

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