Postdoctoral Fellows


At ISB, postdoctoral fellows can hone their skills on important, cutting-edge research projects in a cross-disciplinary 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.

Unlike larger academic institutions, ISB is collaborative by design, built without siloes, and our faculty members are accessible and dedicated to help postdocs succeed.

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  • “The most attractive feature about working at ISB is the positive research atmosphere. We have access to everyone – research scientists, faculty, etc. – and can ask them for suggestions and support. People at ISB are so nice and willing to provide all the help they can to support your work and ideas. I love the atmosphere here — it is inspirational. Conducting research at ISB does not feel like a competition or like you have been pitted against others.”

    – Xiaoyang Ye, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wei Lab

  • “Working as a postdoc at ISB means you can be part of some truly groundbreaking work! ISB researchers are highly collaborative, which allows for a high level of integration of research.”

    – Rupa Immanuel, Postdoctoral Fellow, Baliga Lab

  • “ISB is an excellent place for postdoctoral fellows to begin their research careers. Our faculty and staff have a long track record of working with early-career researchers to become better scientists and to set them up for success for future endeavors.”

    – Nitin Baliga, PhD, Professor, Director and Senior Vice President


ISB’s faculty members are affiliated with various departments at the University of Washington (microbiology, immunology, bioengineering, etc.), and ISB is a research affiliate of Providence, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation.

These close ties allow for rich research collaborations and provide unique opportunities to work on translational projects with clinicians and clinical data.

Benefits Summary

Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible for all ISB benefits including health insurance, retirement plan and paid time off.*

Health and Welfare Insurance

  • Medical (three plan options), dental (two plan options), and vision insurance
  • Health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) option available with high deductible health plan; employer contribution to the HSA
  • Employer paid life and accident insurance
  • Employer paid long-term care insurance
  • Employer paid short-term and long-term disability coverage

Retirement Plan (403(b))

  • 5% employer match
  • Additional 3% employer contribution after one year of service
  • Employer contributions vest at employee’s third anniversary

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation: Two weeks per year, moving up to three weeks after three years of service
  • Holidays: 15 paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday
  • Sick leave: 12 days of sick leave available immediately; additional 12 days added at each anniversary for a maximum of 30 days balance
  • Washington Paid Family Medical Leave

Additional Benefits

  • Free transit pass (ORCA)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Smoke-free work environment
  • Locker room with showers
  • Secure bike storage
  • Reserved parking spots available in ISB garage

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*F32 awardees are not considered employees and are not eligible for all ISB benefits. J-1 Postdoctoral Fellows with their own funding are not eligible for ISB benefits.

“I chose ISB to do my postdoctoral fellowship because of the freedom and flexibility to conduct my research across labs, institutions, and companies. This has enabled me to do research that would be more difficult to conduct in a traditional academic setting.”

– Samantha Piekos, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hood-Price Lab and K. Carole Ellison Fellow in Bioinformatics

Lee Hood Systems Fellows Program

The Lee Hood Systems Fellows Program provides exceptional postdoctoral fellows additional support to conduct science within an ISB lab. The program provides a two-year appointment with the potential of a third year.

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