We strive for the best possible work environment.

We are a collaborative and cross-disciplinary nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Seattle. Our science is translational, and we champion sound scientific research that results in real-world clinical impacts. ISB is an affiliate of Providence, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems.

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Diversity At ISB

We believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive ISB will fuel innovation and lead to greater scientific outcomes. We value:

  • • The uniqueness of individuals
  • • Equitable scientific training, education and outreach
  • • Welcoming constructive criticism and better ideas
  • • Health equity
  • • A diverse and healthy ISB community and work environment

A foundational element of ISB is to make quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education a reality for every student regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status.

Recruitment and retention of outstanding and diverse research staff is a top strategic priority. ISB employs 180 staff from 24 countries. Our research staff representation is 47 percent women and 11 percent people from communities underrepresented in STEM, exceeding NSF goals.

Faculty Development

Unlike most of academia, ISB provides faculty the opportunity to focus specifically on research without classroom teaching requirements. Our faculty mentorship program enables success and sustainability by linking assistant professors with senior faculty who provide advice and support. As an organization, we value work-life balance, are committed to diversity, and foster a cross-disciplinary environment that enables us to take on big, complex problems.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships

At ISB, postdoctoral fellows can hone their skills on important, cutting-edge research projects in a cross-disciplinary, collaborative setting alongside dedicated faculty and staff. ISB postdocs have the opportunity to work in diverse areas including computational biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, human immunology, host-pathogen interactions, immuno-oncology, cancer biology, and more.

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Grad Students

ISB’s faculty is affiliated with many University of Washington (UW) academic departments, and we welcome graduate students to conduct their research projects at our South Lake Union headquarters

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ISB internships offer faculty mentoring of high school, undergraduate and graduate student interns throughout the year. In addition, ISB has well-established high school and undergraduate internship programs offered each summer. These internship positions are highly competitive and offer unparalleled experience in the emerging field of systems biology.

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ISB was created in 2000 as the first-ever institute dedicated to systems biology.

Our Headquarters

ISB is located in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. ISB occupies a building that is LEED Platinum certified. ISB’s neighbors include Amazon, UW Medicine, Fred Hutch, Northeastern University, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, Allen Institute for Brain Science, and many others.

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Our Partners

ISB is an affiliate of one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health systems, Providence. We also actively partner with academia and industry, with strong connections to University of Washington, Merck and many more.

Our Facilities

Systems biology research requires the collection and processing of superb quality data from large numbers of biological samples using automated, robust, high-throughput and cost-effective procedures. ISB has established several core facilities with combined staffing of experienced technical managers and state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodologies.


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