Fellow - PhD

Job ID 2021-40846
Area of Interest
Research & Development
Location Name
Jack R MacDonald Building
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Dev Biology & Regenerative Med
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province

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In 2020, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation's best children's hospitals – for the 27th year in a row. We received national rankings in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and are honored to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.


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Postdoctoral position in Genomic Analysis Of Human Structural Birth Defects


Job Summary

The Bennett  lab in the Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the University of Washington invites applications for an NIH funded open postdoctoral position, available immediately. The Bennett lab studies pediatric genetic disease and congenital malformations and is focused on developing diagnostic approaches for clinical genetic testing. A major focus is on “hidden” genetic variation not detected by standard DNA sequencing methods. We are currently funded to study vascular malformations, which are caused by post-zygotic tissue restricted mutations, and more recently received funding to use long read sequencing to study other types of structural birth defects. We are also examining non-invasive cell free DNA based methods for diagnosis of vascular malformations and other rare pediatric disease.


Please see the lab website for more info on our lab:



The selected candidate will join the vibrant research community at CDBRM, located in downtown Seattle, as well as the broader human genetics, pediatric, and vascular biology communities in Seattle. This position offers outstanding opportunities to develop unique, independent projects and collaborations across the SCRI and UW communities and beyond. The PI is committed to the career development of trainees, and there are excellent opportunities for career development.


We will consider highly-motivated candidates across a broad range of research backgrounds. Qualifications include a PhD in biological sciences or related area from an accredited university training program and experience with drafting and submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. The post-doctoral fellow will develop scientific skills as appropriate for this level of training position, and carry out research/development activities in support of assigned research projects.  Responsibilities include protocol development and review, data collection and analysis, manuscript and fellowship application preparation, and training in the conduct of laboratory and computational research


Please contact Dr. Bennett directly at jtbenn@uw.edu for more information.


Required Education/Experience:

-Doctorate degree (PhD/MD/DVM) in genomics, genetics, computational biology, developmental biology, or other relevant area from an accredited university training program



-Experience in DNA sequencing and interpretation

-Experience in computational analysis

-Robust record of publication and or grant funding

- Excellent organization, writing, presentation and communication skills.



In accordance with new Washington law for healthcare workers, Seattle Children’s requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before October 18, 2021, or before beginning employment for start dates after October 18th.

Covid-19 Vaccination

In accordance with Washington state law, Seattle Children’s requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All offers are contingent and your vaccine status will be verified at onboarding.

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