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Post-doctoral Fellow - RNA biology, translational regulation

Job Description:

Position is with:

Postdoctoral fellow positions are available in Dr. Colin Wu’s Translational Control of Gene Expression Section within the RNA Biology Laboratory at the Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Health (NIH) in Frederick, Maryland. The major focus of the laboratory is to investigate the molecular mechanisms of translational regulation and non-canonical functions of the ribosome in mammalian systems.

We offer excellent training opportunities to develop and apply cutting-edge technologies including various high-throughput transcriptome-wide sequencing approaches and to be part of a highly collaborative research environment in a newly equipped lab with state-of-the-art core facilities including, but not limited to, next-generation sequencing, mass spectrometry, imaging, and cryo-EM. The candidate will be fully funded by a competitive intramural fellowship. However, application for fellowship opportunities outside NIH is encouraged and supported. Please visit our website for more information:

CCR is working to solve the most pressing problems in the field through basic, translational and clinical cancer research to create the cancer medicines of tomorrow and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of cancer researchers. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences. 

The NCI 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
  • Location: Frederick, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Training Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)
  • Stipend: Commensurate with experience


Applicants must have expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, structural biology or bioinformatics. Applications from international candidates eligible to obtain a valid employment authorization visa are very much welcomed. Applicants with research experience in RNA biology, cell biology, and bioinformatics are especially encouraged to apply. 


Experience in working with animal models is a plus.

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
  • Three References
  • Cover Letter

Contact Name: Colin Wu

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Colin Wu,

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