The Center for Cancer Research (CCR), a division of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces its annual call for applications for the Physician-Scientist Early Investigator Program (PEIP), an exciting opportunity for early career physicians dedicated to laboratory bench-to-bedside, health disparities, or clinic-based research. NCI’s largest intramural program offers an unparalleled opportunity to build an independent clinical research program with access to plentiful beds at the world’s largest dedicated research hospital and an extensive clinical infrastructure including protocol and regulatory support, nursing, data management, information technology, shared research resources, and a broad range of scientific and clinical expertise.
Come join a vibrant, multidisciplinary research community featuring flexible funding that supports innovative, high-impact bench-to-bedside research. The PEIP assists board-eligible/board-certified translational researchers transition from a mentored position to that of an independent investigator in research, academia, or comparable positions in government and industry. Potential areas of interest include health disparities, medical oncology, pediatric hematology-oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, neuro-oncology, urology, myeloid malignancies, and epidemiology and genetics. Program objectives are to: develop competence and skills in study design, protocol development and patient-oriented research; acquire knowledge related to the ethical and regulatory issues of conducting clinical research involving human subjects; gain direct experience with the collection and management of research data; and, learn about function, development, organization and leadership of a multidisciplinary clinical research team.
About the Program
Selectees will be appointed for a three-year period at a competitive salary commensurate with subspecialty training and experience. They will be assigned dedicated space, provided with an independent budget including travel and training funds, and given access to an extensive infrastructure including research nursing, data-management support, animal facilities, core services and advanced technologies such as imaging/microscopy, protein chemistry and purification, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, genomics and transgenic and knockout mice. An attractive Federal Government employee benefits package includes health and life insurance coverage, a retirement savings program and relocation expenses. Student loan repayment is possible through the NIH. Program participants must develop a research proposal within the first six months in collaboration with a mentor and complete courses focused on leadership/management skills and writing cancer grant applications. Research progress will be reviewed on an annual basis. For more information about the program, visit https://ccr.cancer.gov/careers/research-faculty/peip.
Qualifications and Job Details
Required and Preferred Skills
Candidates may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or possess (or be eligible for) an appropriate work visa and must have successfully completed subspecialty training at a U.S. accredited institution in an appropriate field.
A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree is required. A degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.
Applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Foreign physicians on an NIH-sponsored work visa are exempt from the licensure requirement.
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.
Applicants must submit a letter of interest that includes a career synopsis, a current curriculum vitae with bibliography, contact information for three letters of recommendation with at least one referee from outside the NIH, a description of research interests and goals and as they relate to the chosen field (2-4 pages), and a diversity statement describing their track record of and commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research and/or medicine (500 word limit), including but not limited to successful recruitment and/or mentorship of trainees from historically underrepresented groups, participation on committees and in program /initiatives addressing issues of diversity and inclusion, and future plans for addressing diversity and inclusion as a principal investigator.
Apply online at https://service.cancer.gov/ccr-careers. Applications will be accepted and reviewed continuously throughout the year. Paper or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Questions may be directed to: ApplyPEIP@mail.nih.gov.
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.