Postdoctoral Program


Postdoctoral Program

One of the primary responsibilities of the laboratories at the Center for Infectious Disease Research is to train the next generation of researchers. It is our goal to cultivate postdoctoral scientists and infectious disease fellows in laboratories focused on the world's most devastating infectious diseases. The path to freeing the world of infectious disease will be long, and it will take generations of scientists to reach that goal. The free flow of ideas, the constant cross-pollination with neighboring labs and the open environment of the Center make it a great place to develop those minds.

Postdoctoral training at the Center lasts between two and five years working with leaders in the field of infectious disease research.  At the end of this program, these trainees are the scientists of the future, ready to work in academia, research institutions, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, government agencies and the medical profession.  

Postdoc Program Details

Pathogen Interest Group

As you progress in your career, it is important to master presentation skills. The Center for Infectious Disease Research organizes a “Pathogens Interest Group” (PIG) meeting twice a month for graduate and postdoctoral students to present their work to the Center. This is a valuable platform not only to learn what others are doing at the Institute, but also to periodically review your work and present it to scientists outside your field. This is a great way to network within the Center and find people that may help you in a particular technique. New postdocs are encouraged to present their work from their previous position to let others at the Center know their skills and previous experience.

Seminars and Conferences

Seminars and conferences are a great way to network with scientists from other institutions. As a postdoc at the Center, you will have access to a wide range of seminars and symposia both here at the Center and in neighboring institutions. 

Monday Seminar Series

The Center for Infectious Disease Research hosts a seminar every Monday. Speakers come from a variety of different locations and backgrounds, from academic institutions and non-profit organizations to biotech companies.


Symposia and Conferences

The Center hosts a variety of symposia, including the Infectious Disease Immunology or the Co-Infections symposia. The Center has also been hosting the Seattle Parasitology Conference for many years. This conference is designed as a forum for scientists of the Northwest to discuss advances in the molecular and cellular biology of protozoans.

Being in the heart of Seattle, we also have access to a wide range of seminars and conferences from other institutes, such as the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or the Seattle Children's Research Institute.


The Center provides a variety of benefit programs focused on meeting the unique needs of each of our staff.  We provide health and well-being plans as well as other pay protection plans to help make sure that you do not incur an unexpected or unmanageable financial hardship.  There are also many programs focused on creating a great place to work and collaborate, including staff gatherings and events. 

One of our philosophies specific to postdocs is to work to equalize benefits when you are awarded fellowships. Fellowship awards are a significant accomplishment and can sometimes inadvertently impact your participation in benefits programs. We review the parameters of each fellowship and we structure a benefits offering that works to maintain your participation in our programs or provides a similar value of benefit whenever possible. 

Oh, and…Coffee!

It is a well-established fact that some of the greatest ideas float on vast pools of coffee.  As this is Seattle, it should be no surprise that there is an unlimited supply of coffee for employees!

Career Development

Ph.D.-M.D. Association

The Ph.D.-M.D. Association (PMA) is a group at the Center for Infectious Disease Research whose aim is to provide networking, career-development and social opportunities for scientists who hold an advanced degree.

Career Development

The PMA hosts career-development workshops and seminars right here at the Center. These cover a variety of topics, such as alternative career paths or networking with Center alumni who work in the area. PMA members organize these events, so the topics are always timely and interesting.

Social Networking

And what do you do when you are done with your science for the day? The Center is located in South Lake Union, one of Seattle’s most vibrant and upcoming neighborhoods with everything you need to relax after work or during a break, such as plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Plus, Lake Union is only a few blocks away for a nice stroll in the sun watching sailboats and seaplanes. The PMA organizes regular happy hours to hang out with your fellow postdocs at neighborhood bars. In addition, we connect with postdoc associations from other Seattle institutions, like the Institute for Systems Biology, the Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and others, to give you the possibility to learn about all the exciting science being done in Seattle in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. And, if this is not enough, you are invited to participate in the Center's social hour, featuring a different theme every month, where you can meet not only your fellow scientists but also all the other people at the Center.

Grant-writing Support


Grantsmanship Course

The Center for Infectious Disease Research, in conjunction with the University of Washington, offers a grantsmanship course every other year. It is held at the Center and is open to graduate students and postdocs. The course covers the following topics:

  • Types of grants
  • Considerations in framing and preparing a proposal
  • Typical criticisms of grant proposals and how to avoid them
  • The NIH scientific review process
  • How to respond to a critique


Administrative Support

Postdoctoral researchers applying for fellowships are given a high level of administrative support at the Center. A member of the grants office will help you get organized set you up with a timeline for completing the relevant sections of the application and serve as the first point of call for any questions about the application process. They will also submit your application online. Writing a grant has never been easier!