Center for Cancer Research

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Post-baccalaureate Fellow - tumor immunology, lung cancer, imaging

Job Description:

Position is with:

Dr. Chen Zhao is seeking a highly motivated and organized post-baccalaureate fellow. Dr. Zhao's group is focusing on investigating the interactions among tumor cells, microbes and immune cells in lung cancer using advanced tissue imaging and spatial-transcriptomic techniques.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic and have excellent organization skills with a strong academic background (GPA >3.5). Prior lab reaserch experience is required. Experience with cell/tissue culture, biochemical techniques, bacterial culture, molecular biology and mouse handling is preferred, but not required. 

We will consider candidates who are seeking a temporary position (minimum 2-year commitment) before applying to graduate or medical school. The first year of training will be focusing on learning experimental skills such as tissue culture, molecular cloning, tissue imaging, mouse experiments and data analysis. Depending on the candidate's projects, there will be more translational research components in the second year such as clinical trial data collection. Based on our prior experience, the candidate is expected to have one manuscript ready for submission by the end of the first year.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required: B.S./B.A. or equivalent
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Training Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship required
  • Stipend: Commensurate with experience


basic molecular cloning


tissue culture, biochemical techniques, bacterial culture and mouse handling

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
  • Cover Letter

Contact Name: Chen Zhao M.D.

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Chen Zhao M.D.,

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