Skip to main content

Position Details

Academic Personnel

Postdoctoral Scholar in Optical Imaging & Microscopy

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Chemistry

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Optical Imaging & Microscopy

Position Details

Position Description

A postdoctoral position is available with Assistant Professor Dan Fu in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington. The Fu lab specializes in optical imaging of living biological systems using two-photon absorption, two-photon fluorescence, and stimulated Raman scattering microscopy. We seek a highly motivated scientist interested in developing novel single cell measurement techniques to study intratumor heterogeneity and drug response of single cells using 3D tumor spheroids and animal models. The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and supportive research environment to apply innovative precision chemical imaging tools to a wide range of biological/biomedical problems in cancer research and in neuroscience.


This full-time, 12-month position has immediate availability for an initial one-year appointment. The position will be renewable annually contingent on performance and available funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience, based on the NIH guidelines for postdoctoral trainees.


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.


A PhD is required, ideally in physics, chemistry, bioengineering or a related field. The candidate should also have relevant experience in the following areas:

- Optical microscopy, particularly confocal or two-photon microscopy;

- Optical instrumentation;

- 2D and 3D cell culture;

- Mouse models;

- Image processing.



The successful candidate must be highly motivated with a record of productive research, and eager to work in a collaborative research environment. The individual is expected to design and run experiments, troubleshoot new protocols and imaging methods, mentor graduate students and manage research projects. The individual will be encouraged to participate in department seminars, journal clubs, conferences, and trainings to further develop their career.



The successful candidate will join a young, dynamic group at the University of Washington in Seattle. The University offers a vibrant environment with top-notch research infrastructure and highly trained interdisciplinary teams in the biomedical sciences spread across programs in the Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It is closely connected to numerous area institutions (e.g., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s, Institute for Systems Biology). The UW is located in metropolitan Seattle, a city with abundant cultural attractions, a booming tech industry, and an unsurpassed variety of nearby outdoor activities.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter (highlighting your scientific contributions and interests), and a detailed CV via Interfolio (; questions may be sent to Prof. Fu ( Final applicants will be asked to provide 3 letters of recommendation at the end of the hiring process. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; successful candidates will be contacted directly via email.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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

Apply now

The University of Washington is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877)997-8807.

Title IX Notice

Title IX, Title VII, VAWA, Washington State law, and University of Washington policy collectively prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, pregnant or parenting status, and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identity.

Anyone may contact the Office of the Title IX Coordinator about sex and gender discrimination, including sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual misconduct. Anyone who has experienced these behaviors has the right to make a complaint to the University, report to the police, to both, or not at all.

Please see the Title IX website to learn more about how to report or make a formal complaint of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct. You will also find information about supportive measures and the grievance procedures that are utilized for complaints of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct. Students and employees have access to support measures and resources, whether or not they choose to make a complaint.

Office of the Title IX Coordinator

Valery Richardson, Title IX Coordinator
Mags Aleks, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
4311 11th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian,
staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code
recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (