Postdoctoral Scholar in Optical Imaging and Microscopy

University of Washington Department of Chemistry

United States

Postdoctoral Scholar in Optical Imaging & Microscopy

Position Overview

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.

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