Post-doctoral Fellow - Chromosome, cancer, mitosis

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Job Description

We are recruiting talented, skilled, mature and dedicated postdoctoral, graduate student and postbaccalaureate fellows to undertake ambitious and challenging projects in the area of chromosome/chromatin biology with a focus on epigenetic pathways in normal and cancer cells.

The Dalal lab is within the exceptionally rated, integrative, and interactive Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression, CCR, NCI, in the intramural research program of NIH in Bethesda, MD. Our lab focuses on the relationship between histone variants, lncRNAs, and establishment of aberrant epigenetic signatures in human cancer progression. We are especially proud of our diverse group of successful fellows who use cutting-edge single molecule technologies (high speed AFM, nano-indentation), IF/FISH, genomics, biochemistry, computational modeling and genetics to discover new epigenetic pathways in mitosis and cancer progression using human cells and 3D-printed tumor models. New projects are focused on using these tools to study chromosomes and chromatin in micronuclei, in 3D-printed tumor models, and in aging cells.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
M.D. or equivalent
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Appointment Type
Training Position (Stipend commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule
US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. or M.D. from programs of reputed institutions within the past 2 years (or upcoming in the next year) and generally have one or more first author peer-reviewed academic paper in the area of chromosome/structural/molecular/cancer/RNA biology. The only critical traits are self-motivation and the passion to pursue technically challenging and intellectually stimulating projects. We can train you on everything else!

Preferred Skills

 Chromosome Biology, AFM/EM (not essential, but helpful). 

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
  • 3 References
  • Diversity Statement
Additional Application Information

Salary is indicated on the NIH training website ( Minorities and under-served members of the scientific community are strongly encouraged to apply. The Dalal lab has a proven track record of welcoming, mentoring and supporting trainees with diverse life experiences, cultures and ethnicities. We are committed to respect, equity and diversity in our lab culture. 

Interested candidates should send their CV by email to Yamini Dalal at, accompanied by 3 electronic letters of recommendation from qualified referees who can assess the applicants’ contributions and potential to make significant contributions to science. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

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Yamini Dalal
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DHHS, NIH and NCI are equal opportunity employers. The NCI and CCR are deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity and inclusion and encourage applications from qualified women, underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities.