Our scientists are some of the brightest researchers in their fields. They’re also teachers at heart.
The Center works to promote the success and education of young people interested in careers in science and research.
Education and training is an integral part of our mission. If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, we strongly encourage you to follow the link below to learn more about our options for internships, lab assistants and other positions. Unfortunately, due to the nature of our work, we cannot accept volunteers.
Select graduate students have the opportunity to perform their thesis work here, at the Center.
Going beyond bench work, students will learn how to critically analyze data and the work of their peers, prepare scientific papers, and make presentations of their findings. The training is conducted through our long-standing affiliate the University of Washington in the Interdisciplinary Program in Pathobiology in the Department of Global Health, the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) interdisciplinary program, as well as several departmental programs including Immunology. For more information, review the specific graduate programs on the Graduate School Admissions website.
The postdoctoral training program at the Center for Infectious Disease Research has been in place for more than 25 years.
Scientists who have recently received their doctoral degrees can apply for further training in specific research areas. The training is usually over a two to five-year period and is designed to develop a broad range of research skills under the guidance of experienced professionals. Please follow the link to learn more.
The Center also provides training to scientists from all around the world, many of whom face the devastation of malaria or HIV/AIDS in pandemic countries.
International researchers also train students from throughout the world – the very people who will carry on our infectious disease research. Currently, there are scientists from more than a dozen countries training at the Center. Most of the trainees come to Seattle to work on specific projects relevant to their home country and are funded by various means, including fellowships from their own country, research grants, and international training grants. For more information on this aspect of our education and training program, please email us.
The Center’s well-established visiting scientist program is open to professionals wishing to learn new research skills in a specific area.
Short-term visiting scientists are typically involved in a collaborative research project for several days or weeks. Those visiting on a longer-term basis stay at the Center for several months, working on more in-depth projects. Most visiting scientists are funded by their own fellowships or university positions, and work alongside researchers at the Center exploring new techniques and gaining knowledge before returning to their own labs – often in other countries. Interested individuals should directly contact the scientist with whom they wish to work or email us for more information.