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Post-doctoral Fellow - Immunology, Cellular Therapy

Job Description:

Position is with:

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
  • 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


Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and have less than 5 years (preferably less than 2 years) of post-doctoral experience. Applicants with a strong publication record and expertise in hematopoietic stem cell biology, hematopoiesis, human and mouse immunology, genetics and/or molecular biology 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.

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

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 Name: Dr. Sung-Yun Pai

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Dr. Sung-Yun Pai,

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