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Division of Gastroenterology- Postdoc Scholar

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Medicine, Gastroenterology

Title: Division of Gastroenterology- Postdoc Scholar

Position Details

Position Description

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. William DePaolo in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine at the University of Washington. This is a full-time position on an annual, 12 month appointment. DePaolo Lab aims to explore the how intestinal perturbations caused by genetics and/or environmental factors (e.g., diet, infection, pollution) alter its microbial landscape and to use this knowledge to develop strategies and therapies to treat human disease.  DePaolo Lab is a part of CMiST, Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics, at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. To learn more about DePaolo Lab, please visit our website

The DePaolo lab is seeking a postdoctoral candidate at the Postdoc Scholar level that will be enthusiastic about collaborative, cooperative, and interdisciplinary research, be motivated to continuously develop as an independent scientist, have strong research skills in all aspects of the research process, possess leadership and management skills, and demonstrate excellent scientific communication skills and identifying, applying and securing independent funding. 

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


The ideal candidate will possess the skills and desire needed to facilitate a productive and cohesive team, mentor and motivate trainees and junior lab members, manage day-to-day lab operations to ensure that the lab runs smoothly and safely, establish meaningful collaborations, and pursue leadership opportunities within the lab and the UW research community. 

You must be able to thrive in a lab that is often all-hands-on-deck and therefore, be willing to roll-up your sleeves and be able to successfully handle multiple projects and tasks at once while maintaining a professional and compassionate demeanor.  While candidates should be excellent leaders, they should also know and understand what it takes to be part of a team.


The right candidate will demonstrate effective and dynamic communication skills in all forms – listening, writing, and speaking.  You should be able to effectively communicate in all forms to all levels including colleagues, faculty, trainees, and the general public.  You should also understand and value the difference between writing for grants, manuscripts, posters, etc. 

In addition to writing, you should be able to design impactful visual presentations and posters for lab meetings, work-in-progress meetings, poster sessions, and symposia on a local and national level.


DePaolo Lab operates at a high-level of professionalism and each and every person is a valued team member and should be treated with respect.  In addition to possessing communication competencies for the scientific community, you will adhere to workplace professionalism and communicate on such a level in all instances including lab meetings, one-on-one meetings, emails, phone calls, etc. 


Candidates should possess high standards for sound study and experimental design, including understanding and appreciating the value of reproducibility and transparency, a high-level of comprehension of data analysis and interpretation and be willing to think outside-of-the-box, have impeccable research techniques, have high standards for and be willing to uphold and enforce a top-level of organization, cleanliness, and safety standards in all lab facilities. 

Qualified candidates will also possess solid investigative skills when searching for relevant literature and have a good understanding of the processes for grant and manuscript submission.


DePaolo Lab seeks a PhD with experience in one or more of the following fields of study: immunology (with special emphasis on mucosal immunology), microbiology, or microbial ecology with high quality first-authored publication(s).


Please submit your cover letter, CV, and a list of references via Interfolio; for questions please contact Amy Parker at;  

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