Careers & Outcomes

UW Immunology graduates have become successful researchers and scientists in both academia and industry.  Professional careers based on an Immunology PhD can include:

  • Academic positions
  • Government agency research positions
  • Private biotechnology or scientific industry researcher
  • Scientific consultant to government, non-profit or private organizations

See Also:
Information on Program Alumni

Career Development Resources
Available Post-Doc Positions

Alumni of UW Immunology Program

The successes of our alumni are the best testimony to the quality and depth of the UW Immunology graduate program. Since the start of the graduate program in 1989, our Immunology PhD alumni have advanced in many directions:

  • UW Immunology alumni are postdoctoral fellows in high-profile labs, working with researchers such as Rafi Ahmed, Lewis Lanier, Philippa Marrack, Diane Mathis and Klaus Rajewsky.
  • Many UW immunology alumni work as private sector researchers at institutions such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Sandia National Labs, Zymogenetics, Amgen, Novo Nordisk, Genentech, INSERM (Lyon, France), SNBL USA, Biogen Idec and Wyeth Vaccines Research.
  • Physician Scientists with MD/PhD degrees from UW Immunology and the Medical Scientist Training Program include:
    • Catherine Blish, Faculty Member in the Division of Medicine and Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Stanford University
    • Michael Deftos private practice in San Francisco and San Jose, CA -anatomic pathology and clinical pathology
    • Michelle Dossett is staff physician in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard)
    • James Lord is Research Associate Member at the Beneroya Research Institute in Seattle;
    • Stephanie Page, faculty member in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, and Section Head, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Nutrition, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
    • Michael Tasch, Snoqualmie Ridge Kidney Center and private practice at Eastside Nephrology & Hypertension,Kirkland

Other UW Immunology Alumni:

  • Laurence Cheng received an MD PhD (Immunology) from the UW and went on to pediatric residency at UCSF working in the laboratory of Richard Locksley, M.D., examining the regulation of IgE function.  He is currently a faculty member and pediatric immunologist and allergist at UCSF. 
  • Rosalynde (Lynda) Finch is Senior Medical and Outcomes Science Liaison at Biogen Idec in Seattle.  Lynda writes, “The rigorous training in writing grants and papers I received as a graduate student has been a tremendous asset. The frequent presentations I made in graduate school for journal club and lab meetings were also key preparation, and lastly, the independent nature of the work I did in Phil [Greenberg’s] lab prepared me to be an independent investigator very early in my career.”
  • Ananda Goldrath is a Professor in the Section of Molecular Biology at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Joseph Sun is a research immunologist at the Sloan-Kettering Institute.  Joe studies NK cells with the goal of further understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in NK cell development, effector function, and generation of memory. 

Career Development Resources

Professional Development Resources

Employment Resources

  • American Association of Immunologists lists US & international postdoctoral opportunities.
  • ScienceCareers is the source for job search, career fairs, resume database and more. Employers can post job openings and view resumes on this site.
  • Nature journals contain career opportunities and information on national career development.
  • BioSpace posts  information about careers in science and offers a search engine for job postings in biotechnology.
  • United States Department of Agriculture provides information on career in agriculture and science. 
  • Washington Life Sciences is a career resource for local life science organizations and companies. 

Listing of Available Postdoctoral Positions

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(Posted 04/05/2017)

POSITION: Senior Fellow/Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available - Animal Models of Multiple Sclerosis

LOCATION: UW Department of Immunology, Goverman Lab 

UW Department of Immunology

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Joan Goverman investigating the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) using animal models. MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that is believed to be mediated by T cells that recognize myelin proteins. Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a widely used mouse model of MS that is induced by activation of CD4+ T cells specific for myelin antigens. However, CD8 + T cells are a prominent feature in the pathology of patients with MS and the contribution of this T cell subset is not well studied in EAE. The Goverman laboratory has developed a new animal model of MS in which disease is induced by activating CD8+ T cells specific for a myelin protein following infection with vaccinia virus. The postdoctoral fellow will use this model to study the mechanisms by which CD8+ T cells contribute to central nervous system autoimmunity, relying heavily on animal studies and techniques such as flow cytometry, viral infection and immunochemistry. Understanding the pathogenic and/or regulatory mechanisms underlying CD8+ T cell activity will help define new therapeutic approaches for MS.

This position requires PhD level training in immunology and a track record of producing and publishing high-quality original research. Experience in the use of animal models and flow cytometry is required. The successful applicant will join a collaborative and dynamic research environment, and will be able to take advantage of the extremely collegial surroundings provided by the UW’s Department of Immunology and the thriving research environment in Seattle. Applicants must be available for an interview using domestic airfare.

Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Goverman at goverman@uw.edu. Applicants are requested to send a cover letter, CV, one or two representative publications, and names and contact information of three references.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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(Posted 04/05/2017)

POSITION: Senior Fellow/Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available
LOCATION: UW Department of Immunology, Clark Lab 

The laboratory of Edward A. Clark currently has a Senior Fellow position open for a scientist interested in investigating innate immune programming of B cell and humoral immune responses. We have prepared a unique set of reagents and mouse lines including B cell-activating factor (BAFF) reporter mice and BAFF and MAVS floxed mice that have been crossed to Cre lines to selectively remove BAFF or MAVS expression from B cells, dendritic cells (DCs) or myeloid cells. The roles of BAFF in both autoimmune and infectious disease models are being explored. The position is available immediately for Ph.D. level scientist preferably with some postdoctoral experience. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biological science area and preferably for someone with experience in immunology and/or mouse models of autoimmune disease or infection. Please request more information or send your c.v. to Dr. Edward A. Clark at eaclark@uw.edu or call Dr. Clark for more information at 206-962-1582.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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(Posted 03/06/2017)

POSITION: Postdoctoral Opportunity, Visualizing Tumor Microenvironments
LOCATION: University of Washington, Department of Immunology, Gerner Lab

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Gerner to investigate how the spatial organization of innate and adaptive immune cells in tumors influences cancer development and the outcome of immunomodulatory therapy. This is an industry-sponsored collaborative opportunity, the major aim of which is to use multiplex confocal imaging and quantitative image analysis (Gerner et al., Immunity 2012, Immunity 2015) to understand tumor microanatomy during disease and after therapy. An additional goal of this project is to develop novel statistical image analysis platforms to better study the spatial relationships and intercellular interactions of cells in complex 3D tissues.

This position requires PhD level training in immunology, cancer biology, or a related field, and/or extensive expertise in imaging and image processing. Experience with bioinformatics and implementation of customized statistical algorithms is desirable. The successful applicant will join a collaborative and dynamic research environment, and will be able to take advantage of the extremely collegial surroundings provided by the UW’s Department of Immunology and the thriving research environment in Seattle. Opportunity has potential for international travel.

Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Gerner at gernermy@uw.edu. Applicants are requested to send a cover letter, CV, one or two representative publications, and names and contact information of three references.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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(Posted 03/06/2017)

POSITION:  POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN X-CHROMOSOME INACTIVATION AND FEMALE-BIASED AUTOIMMUNITY 
LOCATION: ANGUERA LAB, DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
A postdoctoral position is available in the Anguera lab located in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia PA.  We are looking for a highly motivated, independent, and talented individual to investigate epigenetic mechanisms underlying the female bias in autoimmune disorders and immunological responses.  Our lab focuses on epigenetic gene regulation in the female immune system, which is a novel and exciting research area.  Applicants should have recently received (or will soon receive) a doctoral degree (Ph.D., MD/Ph.D. or equivalent) and have some training in innate or adaptive immunology, lymphocyte function or development, epigenetics, genome imprinting, X-chromosome Inactivation, molecular biology, or mouse genetics. Strong applicants will have expertise in lymphocyte isolation and culture, flow cytometry, FISH, immunofluorescence, mammalian model systems, or some basic bioinformatic analyses. Interested candidates should email their CV and cover letter, along with names and contact information of three references to: anguera@vet.upenn.edu.

For more information on the Anguera lab, please visit:  http://www.vet.upenn.edu/research/research-laboratories/research-laboratory/anguera-laboratory

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(Posted 08/30/2016)

POSITION:POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN COMPUTATIONAL IMMUNOLOGY
LOCATION: SHLOMCHIK AND CHIKINA LABS

We seek an interdisciplinary scientist to develop integrative computational methods for building models of cell-fate decisions in B cells. The project will involve synthesizing diverse data types including NGS, epigenetic and single cell data in order to characterize the underlying regulatory mechanisms. The successful applicant will work closely with experimental immunologists to design validation experiments and refine their models. We are interested in applicants that have experience in building data visualization systems that allow experimental scientists to interface with complex molecular data and applicants who would like to make a contribution to understanding the underlying biology via bi-directional interaction with experimental biologists. This position will be co-sponsored and co-mentored by Mark Shlomchik http://immunology.medicine.pitt.edu/person/mark-jay-shlomchik-md-phd in the Department of Immunology and Maria Chikina https://www.csb.pitt.edu/people/faculty/maria-chikina/, in Computational and Systems biology (CSB). The successful candidate will have access to the computational resources in the CSB department and the experimental resources of the Shlomchik Lab. The Shlomchik Lab is a leader in B cell biology and in elucidating cellular and molecular mechanisms in B cell differentiation, in particular focusing on memory and germinal centers (Khalil et al., 2012; Tomayko et al., 2010; Weisel et al., 2016; Zuccarino-Catania et al., 2014). It has developed substantial databases of gene expression and epigenetic mark data on multiple unique B cell subsets and has funding to substantially expand and continue this effort. We also have a long history of productive interactions with computational biologists and immunologists (Duke et al., 2013; Hershberg et al., 2008; Kleinstein et al., 2003; Uduman et al., 2014; Uduman et al., 2011). The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is ranked #5 in NIH funding and boasts a dynamic training environment, including a dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. It is among a handful of schools with both Computational and Systems Biology and Immunology Departments. Immunology is recruiting new faculty and rapidly building one of the leading centers nationwide. Pittsburgh is undergoing a major renaissance with a younger-shifting demographic driven by biomedical and computer science driven academic and commercial ventures (e.g. Google, Uber).

Requirements: • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, or a relevant technical discipline. Demonstrated experience with NGS and high-dimensional data analysis. Familiarity with Linux/Unix environment. Proficiency in R and at least one other programming language (Java, Python, Matlab, C++). • Knowledge of immunology or a strong desire to learn.

Please send CV and cover letter to Maria Chikina (mchikina@gmail.com) and Mark Shlomchik (mailto:mshlomch@pitt.edu).