Center for Cancer Research

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Post-doctoral Fellow - cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry

Job Description:

Position is with:

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Patricia S. Steeg, Ph.D., in the Women's Malignancies Branch. The laboratory focuses on molecular and cellular aspects of breast cancer metastasis to the brain, and translation of experimental data to the clinic. Included in the lab's projects are studies of the blood-brain barrier and blood-tumor barriers as impediments to therapeutic efficacy, the effect of patient age on brain metastasis, and leptomeningeal metastases.

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


The successful applicant will be a self-motivated, thoughtful, productive individual with an excellent understanding of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and translational research. Ability to work individually and within a team needed.

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
  • Summary of Research Experience

Additional Application Information:

Candidates should be within two years of obtaining a terminal degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) at the beginning of this Postdoctoral Fellowship. Alternatively, a Ph.D. candidate who has finished all requirements for their degree is allowed. A publication record showing a progression of thought and experimentation is important. At least one first authorship publication (in the press or published) is needed.

This is a five-year position with standard NIH salary and benefits and can be started before a Covid 19 vaccine available. The lab is currently working on-site part-time with intermittent testing.

Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of research background and interest, and names and contact information for three references to:

Patricia S. Steeg, Ph.D.
Deputy Chief Women's Malignancies Branch
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

Contact Name: Patricia S. Steeg, Ph.D.

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Patricia S. Steeg, Ph.D.,

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