Center for Cancer Research

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Post-doctoral Fellow - breast cancer metastasis, immune microenvironment

Job Description:

Position is with:

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoc fellow in the areas of cancer biology, immunology and molecular biology. The successful candidate will join Dr. Li Yang's laboratory to investigate mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis, with a focus on mediators that are critical in microenvironment regulation of tumor dormancy. They will work with a research team consisting of staff scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, as well as supporting technicians.

The laboratory is located in NIH Bethesda campus, which has a state-of-the art research platform. The candidate will have access to the research facilities and outstanding stipend support.

Qualifications and Job Details:

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


Interested candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. within the past three years in cancer biology, immunology, and molecular biology.  Good publication record and communication skills are required. Individuals with high motivation and good logical/analytic skills are encouraged to apply.


Experience and expertise in cancer metastasis and molecular biology/biochemistry are preferred.

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
  • Three References
  • Cover Letter
  • Summary of Research Experience

Additional Application Information:

To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV with bibliography, a brief description of research experience and interests, and 3 references to

Contact Name: Li Yang

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Li Yang,

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