Biologist - RNA biology, mouse genetics, molecular biology

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Job Description

A biologist position is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Joana Vidigal, LBMB, CCR, NCI, NIH. The Vidigal lab aims to understand how small RNA pathways centered on Argonaute (AGO) proteins regulate mammalian physiology with a strong focus on mouse genetics. Current projects seek to define the regulation of AGO proteins in vivo and the mechanistic details through which they impact mouse development, homeostasis, and disease. In an exciting new area of research, the Vidigal lab is exploring how the functions of AGO2 are regulated between proliferating and quiescent cells as well as the requirement for direct RNA cleavage by AGO2 in quiescence through its conserved but poorly understood catalytic domain. The successful candidate will take on a leadership role helping the PI in the daily management of the lab (including overseeing the mouse colony) and with critical administrative tasks such as ordering, animal protocols, and budget management. The successful candidate will lead an independent project, collaborate with other researchers in the lab as needed, participate in lab meetings and journal clubs and contribute both to the execution of experiments and to the intellectual development of ideas and projects. The ideal candidate will have significant expertise working with mouse models, be highly trained in molecular and cellular biology techniques (particularly those pertinent to RNA biology), be familiar with/aware of current Next-Gen sequencing approaches and be willing to develop those techniques to assist colleagues in the lab. Demonstrated proficiency will be evidenced by relevant publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
Job Location
Appointment Type
Contractor Position (Salary commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule
US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Expertise with mouse models, molecular and cellular biology techniques relevant to RNA biology and familiarity with current Next-Gen sequencing approaches. 

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.


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How to Apply
  • CV/Resume
  • 3 References
Additional Application Information

To apply to this position, please send your CV and the email contact of 3 references to with the subject “Biologist Position”.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Joana Vidigal
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DHHS, NIH and NCI are equal opportunity employers. The NCI and CCR are deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity and inclusion and encourage applications from qualified women, underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities.