Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Genetic Epidemiology - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


CLOSING DATE: February 28, 2022


JOB #: 18317

POSTED: January 19, 2022



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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.   



This postdoctoral research position at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is in genetic epidemiology working directly with Dr. Burcu Darst. Fred Hutch provides a challenging academic and supportive multi-disciplinary research environment. The successful applicant will have a background in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, public health genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, or related fields. Please note that this is NOT a laboratory-based position. This position will be principally funded by the NIH-funded T32 Training Program “Developing Data Driven Cancer Researchers”.

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow who will engage in genetic investigations, including studies of polygenic risk scores, integrating genetic and metabolomic data to better understand and model disease risk, sequencing studies of rare genetic variants, and understanding genetic contributions to health disparities. The primary focus of our group is prostate cancer, which is a leading cause of cancer death worldwide, represents one of the largest health disparities in the US, and has a strong genetic component. We also conduct research in type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Our group has a particularly strong focus performing research in ancestrally diverse populations to ensure that our findings will lead to equitable advances in healthcare, particularly for populations with the highest disease burden. The postdoctoral fellow will have numerous opportunities to publish first author papers and present at national meetings. 



  • Ph.D. or equivalent in epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, or a related field
  • Expertise in the analysis of genetic data; experience with other high-dimensional and/or omic datasets is a plus but not required
  • Ability to write efficient programs in R
  • Highly motivated individual with excellent written and verbal communication skills


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

  • Cover letter briefly summarizing your research interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for two professional references
  • One publication highlighting your work


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. 

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 will be requested of all finalists.

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