Why choose UW-Biology?

An exceptionally broad, integrative and collaborative program for biological research

We value a diversity of people and approaches to solve the most important problems in Biology. Accordingly, the Department of Biology has an unusual breadth of top-notch faculty, postdocs, and students who study topics at spatial scales ranging from molecules to the entire planet. Many work at the intersections of fields, developing new technologies and forging interdisciplinary collaborations. These efforts are facilitated by Seattle’s position as a major intellectual hub for biology. Indeed, the University of Washington has been the leading recipient of federal research funding—now more than $1 billion per year—among public universities for more than 20 years.

Our trainees are valued colleagues

Our trainees receive an extraordinary number of fellowships and awards, publish high impact papers and participate regularly in national and international meetings. Our postdocs also go on to do great things. Contributing to this success, our postdocs receive additional training by participating in seminars and journal clubs within the Department, across the UW campus, and at our partner institutions in the Seattle metro area. To provide additional preparation for our postdocs' future independent careers, the Department also sponsors professional skills seminars and workshops and offers valuable opportunities to participate in departmental governance and teaching. 

Seattle is a great place to live

Seattle is a vibrant city, well known for its excellent food, arts, music and sports. We are also surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Within a few hours, you can be hiking in the Olympic National Forest, strolling through montane meadows, or relaxing on a ferry to the San Juan Islands. The cost of living is reasonable and one cannot help but fall in love with the friendly, easy-going Seattle community.