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The Herbold Computational Biology Program of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington invites applications for the Mahan postdoctoral fellowship. The fellowship will provide an exceptional individual with an early start on their career as an independent scientist by providing a 21-month stipend to pursue their proposed research project in the laboratory of a Fred Hutch Computational Biologist mentor.

 Faculty of any discipline or rank from the Fred Hutch, UW, or any other institute may be proposed as co-mentors. The project must be focused on a topic of biological interest, must involve a computational or mathematical component, and may include an experimental component. A laboratory trained scientist may satisfy the computational and mathematical requirement by including a training component in their proposal. Computationally strong candidates may include a laboratory training component as well. The research direction should reflect the interests and ideas of the applicant, although the final research proposal may be jointly designed; see Additional Information for more details on the application process and for a list of potential mentors.

 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.

Please direct all questions to Ruby Mae San Pedro, Computational Biology Research Administrator. 


 – Ph.D. must have been awarded after June 2021 in a computational, quantitative or biological discipline.
 – Ph.D. must be awarded prior to the start of the fellowship.
 – Applicants who have held faculty or scientific staff positions are not eligible.
 – Fred Hutch Internal applicants – Start date at Fred Hutch must be within 12 months of the pre-application deadline.

Application Instructions

Key Application Dates  

Pre-application Deadline: December 1, 2023
Notification to proceed with Full Proposals: December 18, 2023
Full Proposal Deadline: January 29, 2024
Notification of Final Selection: February 14, 2024
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2024
Application Process

Pre-application Phase

Please submit the following materials/information through the Interfolio application portal:

Curriculum Vitae
1-page (maximum) Proposed Research Statement
1 Letter of Recommendation
1-page (maximum) diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (for more information, see the Mahan Fellowship website)
(optional) Select a primary mentor through the Interfolio application portal 
Pre-application materials are due December 1, 2023 

Final Application Phase (if invited)

Upon invitation by the review committee, please submit the following materials/information through the Interfolio application portal:

3-5 page (maximum, single-spaced, font size 11pt)
Research Statement (which may be co-written with the proposed mentor)
2 additional letters of recommendation 
Full proposals are due January 29, 2024

 Additional Information

The start date of the fellowship is flexible but should start within 1 year of the award.
Applicants may contact a potential mentor (see list below) but this is not required. 
Mentors may be contacted to get a statement of interest in the area, to assess the lab resources to see if they are adequate, or other general questions. However, the research idea(s) in the research statement need to be substantively those of the candidate. 

Candidates who are invited to submit a full proposal may work more closely with the mentor at that time. 


The annual base salary range for this position is from $65,484 to $100,000 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  

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