University of Washington

Postdoctoral Fellow- Cancer and Aging Genetics

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

A postdoctoral position is available immediately at the Risques Lab, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Washington to study somatic mutations in aging and cancer.

Cancer is a disease of aging driven by somatic mutations. At the Risques lab, we use ultra-deep sequencing to study how somatic mutations accumulate with aging and how they contribute to cancer development. In addition to somatic mutations, we are also interested in other genetic alterations that contribute to aging and cancer including telomere shortening and mitochondrial dysfunction. Our goal is to explore the link between cancer and aging and to investigate the genetic alterations that drive the early steps of human carcinogenesis in order to design better tools for early cancer detection, prediction, and risk assessment.

The available postdoctoral project will involve working on the application of state-of-the-art ultra-accurate sequencing methods to detect cancer driver mutations in normal tissues and to determine their value as cancer predictors. Highly motivated postdocs with brilliant ideas and interested in working in a dynamic, multidisciplinary group in the interface between cancer and aging are specially encouraged to apply. For more information about our lab and research interests, please visit:

The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in genetics, biochemistry, cellular or molecular biology, or other related fields and have prior experience in computational analysis of genomic data. Strong analytical skills and strong record of scientific productivity is required. Working experience on tissue microdissection, sequencing library preparation, and cancer genetics is strongly preferred, but not exclusively required.

Compensation for this position will be based on NIH guidelines and will include a competitive benefits and retirement package offered by the University of Washington. Interested candidates, please send an email with your CV and a list of references with contact information to Please include ‘Postdoctoral application’ in the subject line.

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Last updated: 2021-12-06