Join the Team.

We’re looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.
A rockstar.
Is that you?!

We are currently looking for a motivated and hardworking postdoc who has excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, possess valued leadership qualities such as honesty, integrity, the ability to inspire, motivate and mentor others, and sound decision-making capabilities, as well as superb research skills and techniques (in the field of mucosal immunology, microbiology, host pathogen interactions and/or nutrition), and a steadfast commitment to organization and cleanliness to ensure that the lab is a comfortable and pleasant environment and always running smoothly and safely.

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Position Overview

DePaolo Lab seeks a postdoctoral research fellow with experience in one or more of the following fields of study: immunology (with special emphasis on mucosal immunology), microbiology, or microbial ecology with high quality first-authored publication(s).


The right candidate will be enthusiastic about collaborative, cooperative, and interdisciplinary research, be motivated to continuously develop as an independent scientist, have strong research skills in all aspects of the research process, possess leadership and management skills, and demonstrate excellent scientific communication skills and identifying, applying and securing independent funding.


Experience with immunology and mucosal immunity, intestinal organoids, and/or metabolism/metabolomics.

Position Competencies Required

Leadership Skills

The ideal candidate will possess the skills and desire needed to facilitate a productive and cohesive team, mentor and motivate trainees and junior lab members, manage day-to-day lab operations to ensure that the lab runs smoothly and safely, establish meaningful collaborations, and pursue leadership opportunities within the lab and the UW research community. 

You must be able to thrive in a lab that is often all-hands-on-deck and therefore, be willing to roll-up your sleeves and be able to successfully handle multiple projects and tasks at once while maintaining a professional and compassionate demeanor.  While candidates should be excellent leaders, they should also know and understand what it takes to be part of a team.

Communication Skills

The right candidate will demonstrate effective and dynamic communication skills in all forms – listening, writing, and speaking.  You should be able to effectively communicate in all forms to all levels including colleagues, faculty, trainees, and the general public.  You should also understand and value the difference between writing for grants, manuscripts, posters, etc. 

In addition to writing, you should be able to design impactful visual presentations and posters for lab meetings, work-in-progress meetings, poster sessions, and symposia on a local and national level. 


DePaolo Lab operates at a high-level of professionalism and each and every person is a valued team member and should be treated with respect.  In addition to possessing communication competencies for the scientific community, you will adhere to workplace professionalism and communicate on such a level in all instances including lab meetings, one-on-one meetings, emails, phone calls, etc.  

Research Skills

Candidates should possess high standards for sound study and experimental design, including understanding and appreciating the value of reproducibility and transparency, a high-level of comprehension of data analysis and interpretation and be willing to think outside-of-the-box, have impeccable research techniques, have high standards for and be willing to uphold and enforce a top-level of organization, cleanliness, and safety standards in all lab facilities. 

Qualified candidates will also possess solid investigative skills when searching for relevant literature and have a good understanding of the processes for grant and manuscript submission. 

Apply via The University of Washington here.