Center for Cancer Research

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Post-doctoral Fellow - immunology, metabolism

Job Description:

Position is with:

Our laboratory studies immunometabolism in the context of cancer and inflammation. We utilize in vitro biochemical approaches, metabolomics, metabolic flux analysis, heavy isotope tracing, and animal models to dissect metabolic pathways. The laboratory has a strong interest in the metabolism of monocytes, macrophages and neutrophils. Particular areas of interest include nitric oxide, itaconate, the development and maintenance of metabolic niches within the body, and the connections between metabolism and transcriptional control.  As part of the NCI’s Laboratory of Cancer Immunometabolism (LCIM) we translate these projects into in vivo models of inflammation and carcinogenesis. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. and less than five years of postdoctoral experience.  Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the biochemistry of metabolism and/or immunology is advantageous.  Experience with the methods, technologies (LC-MS, NMR, seahorse, etc.) and datasets associated with metabolic studies is particularly attractive. The LCIM is a multidisciplinary program of investigators with expertise in metabolism, cancer models, signaling, molecular biology and inflammation, providing trainees with a broad range of collaborative training opportunities.  This position is available in early spring ‘21 and candidates will be considered until the position is filled.

Qualifications and Job Details:

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


Biochemistry, metabolism, immunology, cell culture, animal modeling, basic molecular biology



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.

Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland but retains a “small town” feel, surrounded by mountain views with a vibrant Main Street community. The city offers outstanding schools, a balanced and thriving economy and a highly educated workforce.

How to Apply:

  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Research Goals
  • Three References
  • Summary of Research Experience
  • description of proposed lines of inquiry that build on current themes in immunometabolism of interest to the laboratory

Additional Application Information:

To be considered, candidates must submit, 1) a CV, 2) statement of research experience and career goals, 3) contact information for three references, and 4) a brief (1-2 page) description of proposed lines of inquiry that build on current themes in immunometabolism.

Contact Name: Daniel McVicar

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Daniel McVicar,

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