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Investigator - breast cancer, gynecological malignancies

Job Description:

Position is with:

The Women’s Malignancies Branch (WMB), Center for Cancer Research (CCR) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bethesda, MD, invites applications for a clinical/translational tenure-track investigator position in breast or gynecological malignancies. This position is equivalent to an assistant professor position in academia. The successful applicant will establish a vigorous mechanism-based translational and clinical research program investigating the treatment of breast and/or gynecological malignancies. The WMB is dedicated to improving the outcomes for patients with breast and gynecological malignancies. Specific areas of active research within WMB include: receptor tyrosine kinase signaling, induction of apoptosis in breast cancer cells, prevention of metastasis, the role of NF-kB in ovarian cancer, targeting defects in the DNA damage response pathways in breast and ovarian cancer, and innate and adaptive immune therapy for breast and gynecological malignancies. Applicants with a strong, novel or complementary translational/clinical research background in any women’s malignancies are encouraged to apply.

Investigators are supported by a wide array of intellectual and technological and research resources, including animal facilities and dedicated, high quality technology cores in areas such as imaging/microscopy, chemistry/purification, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, genomics/DNA sequencing, high throughput screening, transgenics and knock out mice, arrays/molecular profiling, and human genetics/bioinformatics and biostatistics. The tenure-track investigator will also have access to clinical resources including funding for clinical trials, and access to nurse practitioners, research nurses, and patient care coordinators. In addition, they will have access to a robust clinical trials infrastructure including data management, training, protocol support office, regulatory support, information systems and technology, and data safety monitoring. The position provides salary and full funding for a laboratory and clinical research program, including office space, budget, support staff and clinical and translational research infrastructures.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required:
    • M.D. or equivalent
    • M.D./Ph.D.
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Government Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience


The successful candidate must have an M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent degree, be board certified or eligible in medical oncology or the equivalent and have a strong record of translational and clinical research accomplishments. Candidates trained outside the U.S. will be considered provided they are eligible to be credentialed at the NIH Clinical Center. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

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.

Bethesda is one of the most highly educated communities in the United States and has a nationally renowned school system. The city is a thriving suburban center close to Washington, D.C., and home to many restaurants, retailers and a flourishing arts and entertainment district.

How to Apply:

  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Research Goals

Additional Application Information:

Interested candidates should submit a current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography, and a statement of research and clinical interests (no more than two pages) to Please include in your curriculum vitae, a description of the mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Finalists will be notified when references are required. Review of applicants will begin on or about July 1, 2021. This search will remain open until a qualified applicant is identified.

For an overview of CCR, please visit  For more information, contact Lori Holliday, Faculty Recruitment Coordinator.

A full civil service package of benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, and retirement) is available. Candidates may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or eligible for a visa that will enable work in the United States. This position is subject to a background investigation.

The NCI and the CCR are deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity and inclusion and encourages applications from qualified women, under-represented minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Contact Name: Lori Holliday

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Lori Holliday,

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers