Office for Teaching, Education and Research

Postdoctoral Training

Learn more about the National Postdoc Association's Core Competencies:

  1. Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
  2. Research skill development
  3. Communication skills
  4. Professionalism
  5. Leadership and management skills
  6. Responsible conduct of research (RCR)

Together with our partners from the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, we offer a unique program that supports not just your research skills development, but your professional and career development, as well. Our comprehensive training curriculum covers topics such as grant writing; bioinformatics; leadership and management; interviewing and public speaking skills; and lab management. Additionally, we offer training topics for an academic career, such as how to write your teaching statement, opportunities to lecture and more. With the changing job market, we are fully aware that more and more postdocs are choosing to pursue careers outside of academia, so that is why we also provide training opportunities for industry-focused careers, preparing you with the business skills needed to thrive outside of academia.

All of our postdocs are hired as benefit eligible employees. Learn about all these benefits.

With a strong community of over 90 postdocs, who meet regularly to collaborate as well as socialize, we hope you consider joining our institution.

Please consider looking further into each of our centers and programs in order to learn more about the research conducted here at Seattle Children’s:

Our current open positions for postdoctoral fellows are listed on our careers page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about Seattle Children's Postdoc Program.

    • Postdoctoral fellows should meet with their mentors or PIs and assess gaps and opportunities in their current skills and knowledge base. 
    • Postdocs should use their Individual Development Plan (IDP) to plot out what training opportunities from the curriculum would assist them in their overall career goals. 
    • Postdocs should check in with their mentors at least once a year to assess where they are in their training program and what training opportunities they have completed from the curriculum, and create measurable goals for the coming year. 
  • If you're a prospective postdoctoral fellow, and you're interested in learning more about our training program, please email us

Invent at Seattle Children’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program

The Invent at Seattle Children's Postdoctoral Scholars Program provides educational and financial support for 10 postdoctoral scholars per year to prepare them for careers in biotech or academia. Scholars will receive up to three years of salary support, with potential for support in the fourth and fifth year for scholars who are starting biotech companies or transitioning to independent faculty positions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more.

Career Development Program for Postdoctoral Fellows and Early Career Researchers

Seattle Children's Research Institute’s Career Development Program provides the time, funding, mentorship and training necessary to foster the early career development of the next generation of Seattle Children's researchers. Awardees will receive up to three years of salary support and project funds. Applications are accepted in April. Learn more