Post-doctoral Fellow - Immunology, cellular therapy

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Job Description

A post-doctoral fellow position in immunology and cellular therapy is available in the Laboratory of Dr. Sung-Yun Pai, Chief of the Immune Deficiency Cellular Therapy Program, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute. Dr. Pai’s research focuses on the study of inborn errors of immunity, its treatment with allogeneic transplantation and gene therapy using viral vectors and the development of novel treatments for these disorders. The laboratory performs translational research using rare disease human samples, mouse models, molecular biology, and material from multi-institutional clinical trials. Additional information on Dr. Pai’s research can be found at:

Qualifications and Job Details

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

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

We are seeking candidates anticipated to complete a Ph.D. or M.D. degree in the coming year or who have completed a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and have less than 5 years (preferably less than 2 years) of postdoctoral experience. Applicants who are greater than 5 years from the graduate degree are not eligible for this position. Applicants with a strong publication record and expertise in human and/or mouse immunology, autoimmunity, immune regulation, inborn errors of immunity, hematopoietic stem cell biology, gene therapy/editing and/or hematopoiesis are encouraged to apply. The candidate should be highly motivated, responsible and detail-oriented, passionate about work that relates to human health, have strong organizational and time management skills, able to work effectively in a team, and have excellent communication and writing skills. The fully funded position is available immediately and the appointment duration is up to 5 years.

Preferred Skills

A strong background in genetics and molecular biology is a plus.

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.


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How to Apply
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Research Goals
  • Three References
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Applicants should send a cover letter briefly describing their research interests and career goals, their curriculum vitae, publication list, and the names and contact information of three references.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Dr. Sung-Yun Pai
E-mail Address
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.