Center for Cancer Research

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Post-doctoral Fellow - immunology, molecular biology

Job Description:

Position is with:

A postdoctoral fellow position in molecular immunology is available in the new Stadtman Investigator Laboratory of Dr. Christian T. Mayer at the Experimental Immunology Branch, National Cancer Institute in Bldg. 10 on the main campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. The laboratory's research focuses on mechanisms of immune regulation, with a special interest in the role of cell death in lymphocyte development, activation and differentiation. Moreover, we investigate how defects in immunoregulatory pathways contribute to diseases including autoimmunity. Additional information can be found at:

CCR is dedicated to preparing the next generation of cancer researchers and offers a training environment that is second-to-none in quality of science and mentoring by outstanding principal investigators, including nine members of the National Academy of Science and eight members of the National Academy of Medicine. CCR offers fellows access to cutting-edge technologies and cores, a highly collaborative environment, awards and research forums to recognize outstanding post docs, continuous scientific symposia and lectures featuring leading researchers, a strong commitment to translational research, and a vibrant clinical research program housed in the world’s largest dedicated research hospital, the NIH Clinical Center.

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

REQUIRED SKILLS: Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. or M.D. / Ph.D. degree and have less than 5 years (preferably less than 2 years) of postdoctoral experience. Applicants with a strong publication record and expertise in immunology and molecular biology are encouraged to apply. The candidate should be highly motivated, have strong organizational and time management skills, be able to work independently and have excellent writing and communication skills. The fully funded position is available immediately and the appointment duration is up to 5 years. Foreign applicants will need to qualify for a J-1 visa or have permanent U.S. residency status.

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

Contact Name: Christian Mayer

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Christian Mayer,

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