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Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Cancer Epidemiology
Company Name: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Location: Seattle, WA S
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 03/17/2018
Expire Date: 04/16/2018
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Job Description
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Cancer Epidemiology


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.


The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has a 2 year postdoctoral position available through the Cancer Prevention Department. The fellowship is under the direction of Dr. Polly Newcomb within the Division of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Newcomb is a leading epidemiologist in the fields of cancer genetics, etiology, screening, and survival. Her research program investigates the causes, treatments, and outcomes of colon cancer using large, population-based studies, clinical trials, and collaboration with local medical centers. Most recently, she has focused on germline and genetics of colorectal neoplasms in sporadic and familial disease in relation to risk and clinical outcomes. The postdoctoral fellow will have access to epidemiologic, genetic (including germline GWAS) and molecular data, large cancer cohort and clinical trial resources, biospecimens, and several other consortium data, available for cutting-edge hypothesis testing and team collaborations.  There are opportunities to work on existing projects and to develop new projects addressing relevant research topics. Responsibilities include assisting with genetic and epidemiologic studies, including data collection, directing laboratory analyses, developing collaborations with other researchers, applying new statistical methods under the guidance of senior biostatisticians and epidemiologists, preparing manuscripts, and developing grant proposals.


Fred Hutch provides a highly interactive and supportive environment for junior investigators to grow and develop their future career; it consistently ranks in the top 20 best places to work for postdocs, as surveyed by The Scientist.


Successful applicants will have the following:

  • A doctoral degree (MD or PhD) in Epidemiology or related field
  • A strong background in epidemiology and biology
  • Interest in the investigation of novel areas of cancer genetics and survival


Please include a cover letter detailing your research interest and suitability for this position with your application. 

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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