Post-doctoral Fellow - Mechanisms of immune microenvironment, tumor dormancy

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Job Description

A postdoc position is available in Dr. Li Yang’s Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Section within the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics, Center for Cancer Research, NCI, NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Our group’s research focuses on how cancer cells interact with and adapt to the changing immune microenvironment in metastatic process and therapeutic resistance. We utilize proteomics, single cell sequencing, and functional genomics approaches to identify key regulators.

The project investigates the mechanisms of immune microenvironment in tumor dormancy induction and maintenance. We anticipate uncovering insights into breast cancer metastasis and therapeutic resistance.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates in the areas of immunology and cancer biology, and molecular biology. The candidate will work with a research team consisting of staff scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students as well as supporting technicians.

The laboratory is located on the NIH Bethesda campus, which has a state-of-the-art research platform. The candidate will have access to these research facilities and outstanding stipend support.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.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

Interested postdoc candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. within the past two years, and have good publication record and communication skills. Individuals with high motivation and good logical/analytic skills are encouraged to apply.

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
  • 3 References
  • Summary of Research Experience
Additional Application Information

Please send a cover letter, a CV with bibliography, a brief description of research experience and interests, and 3 references to For more information on the Yang lab, please visit our website.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Li Yang
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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.