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


(Posted 08/18/2017)

POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Immunology, University of Washington

A post-doctoral research position is available in Dr. Ram Savan’s laboratory at the Department of Immunology, University of Washington ( The post-doctoral fellow will be co-mentored by John Hansen, Affiliate Associate Professor, Global Health, UW and Research Immunologist at the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center (

The post-doctoral fellow will investigate the effect of environmental contaminants on innate immunity in zebrafish. This project uses zebrafish and functional genomics to assess how the vertebrate innate immune response is altered during endocrine disruption in current and future generations

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who has a strong background in molecular biology, virology and/or immunology. This position is available immediately and open until filled. Essential Qualifications: A Ph.D. in the fields of immunology, virology or molecular biology. Applicants should have an excellent publication track record, with at least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The laboratory is located in the dynamic South Lake Union (SLU) area and the post-doc will have access to Western Fisheries Research Center. In addition to the University of Washington, we take advantage of the broader scientific community in Seattle, including the neighboring Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), Virginia Mason’s Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle BioMed, Zymogenetics, NovoNordisk, and Brain Research Institute. 

Interested applicants should email their CV, one page description of research interests and three references in single PDF file to

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.



(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 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.


(Posted 03/06/2017)

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:

For more information on the Anguera lab, please visit: