Post-doctoral Fellow - RNA biology, argonaute, quiescence

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Job Description

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Joana Vidigal, LBMB, CCR, NCI, NIH. The Vidigal lab aims to understand how small RNA pathways centered on Argonaute (AGO) proteins regulate mammalian physiology with a strong focus on mouse genetics. Current projects seek to define the regulation of AGO proteins in vivo and the mechanistic details through which they impact mouse development, homeostasis, and disease. In an exciting new area of research, the Vidigal lab is exploring how the functions of AGO2 are regulated between proliferating and quiescent cells as well as the requirement for direct RNA cleavage by AGO2 in quiescence through its conserved but poorly understood catalytic domain.

What we offer:

  • Fully funded postdoc positions up to 5 years including health benefits
  • Opportunity to start your own research program or lead ongoing projects

Who you are:

  • You share our enthusiasm for RNA biology, post-transcriptional gene regulation, and mouse genetics.
  • You have a Ph.D. and experience in one or more of the following:  mouse development/tumorigenesis or immunology, RNA biology, massively parallel sequencing-based techniques, or bioinformatics.

Advantages of postdoctoral training at NIH:

  • Fully funded positions up to five years
  • Large, diverse, and extraordinary scientific network at the NIH/Bethesda campus. The NIH research community is unparalleled in its size, diversity, and resources
  • Possibility of living in the diverse, liberal, and vibrant city of Washington DC
  • Or living in a calm residential area with great schools and good affordable housing, in Bethesda and Rockville
  • The NIH provides invaluable resources for a wide array of postdoctoral training for career-growth

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
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Training Position (Stipend commensurate with experience)
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US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Ph.D. and experience in one or more of the following:

  • mouse development, tumorigenesis, or immunology
  • RNA biology
  • massively parallel sequencing-based techniques
  • bioinformatics

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
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Send the following to

  • 2-paragraph long cover letter explaining your scientific trajectory and why you would like to join us
  • Your CV
  • Email contacts for 3 references
Contact Information
Contact Name
Joana A Vidigal
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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.