Fred Hutch

Mahan Fellowship

The Computational Biology Program of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research 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 Research Center, home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center’s five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. Fred Hutch, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Please direct all questions to Melissa Alvendia, Computational Biology Program Operations Director.

Application will become available in early September

Application Overview


  • A Ph.D. awarded after June 2018 in a computational, quantitative or biological discipline.
  • The degree must be awarded prior to the start of the fellowship.
  • Applicants who have held faculty or scientific staff positions are not eligible.

Key application dates

Pre-application Deadline: December 11, 2020
Notifications to proceed with Full Proposals: January 1, 2021
Full Proposal Deadline: February 12, 2021
Notification of Final Selection: March 1, 2021
Earliest Start Date June 1, 2021

Pre-Application Phase

Please submit a:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • 1-page (maximum) proposed research statement
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A 1-page (maximum) diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (see details below)
  • Select a primary mentor (optional)

Pre-application materials are due December 11, 2020.

Final Application Phase (if invited)

Upon invitation by the review committee, please submit a:

  • Three to five-page (maximum) research statement
    • Single-spaced
    • 11pt font size
    • May be co-written with the proposed mentor
  • Two additional letters of recommendation.

Full proposals are due February 12, 2021.

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.

Eligible Faculty Mentors

Trevor Bedford
Alice Berger
Jesse Bloom
Ivana Bozic (UW)
Phil Bradley
Robert Bradley
Raphael Gottardo
Gavin Ha
Kelley Harris (UW)
Ollivier Hyrien
Georg Luebeck
Erick Matsen
Evan Newell
Armita Nourmohammad (UW)
Rasi Subramaniam

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

Fred Hutch is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We ask that candidates submit a one- page statement that reflects upon their experiences and demonstrates a commitment to these issues. We are interested in learning how personal and/or professional experiences and events have shaped your perspective and what ideas you might implement as a post-doctoral fellow at Fred Hutch.   

Applicant Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek researchers who bring new ways of seeing the world and solving problems.

Fred Hutch is committed to ensuring that all candidates hired for post-doctoral positions share our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In order to identify candidates who share this vision, we require all candidates to submit a personal statement describing their experience and commitment to these issues.

Reviewers of applications will consider a candidate’s statement as part of a comprehensive and transparent evaluation of their qualifications.

Guidelines for Writing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement may include:

  • Description of the candidate’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstration of candidate’s understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion.
  • Description of the candidate’s commitment to mentorship particularly in relation to those underrepresented in science.
  • Description of your past efforts, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferably, candidates will leverage examples from both their personal and professional lives. This may include how these topics are integrated into the process or fabric of your approach to scientific problems or their applicability to underserved populations.

Mentoring/Tutoring:  This includes leading or participating in mentoring, advising, teaching, or tutoring activities for underrepresented groups (URGs) including colleagues, trainees, or the broader community.

Educational Outreach:  This includes outreach efforts aimed at underrepresented students; attendance at a conference aimed at recruiting, supporting or advancing URGs; participation in panels or talks as a speaker on related issues.

Committee Service: This includes serving on committees or boards that focus on diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.

Research Activities: This includes research (articles, editorials, etc.) relevant to health disparities and/or that contributes to understanding the barriers facing URGs in higher education or that otherwise contributes to diversity and equal opportunity.

Other (e.g. recruitment/retention/teaching): These include efforts to diversify your research group or lab; other efforts to diversify your department or field.