Post-doctoral Fellow - Translational research, primary brain tumor

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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow, preferably a recent graduate (Ph.D. and/or M.D.), with a background in Cancer Biology/Molecular and Cellular Biology to join the Translational Research Program at the Neuro-Oncology Branch, CCR, NCI, NIH. The mission of he Translational Research Program is to develop hypothesis-driven laboratory projects, leading to testing in preclinical models, and ultimately developing clinical trials based on these preclinical studies to determine predictors and mechanisms of treatment responses or resistance. The ideal candidate is expected to take an active role in designing and implementing preclinical experiments in investigating glioma tumor biology and drug development for the management of glioma and its tumor microenvironment.

Qualifications and Job Details

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

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills
  • Passion for translational research in brain tumor; excellent interpersonal and communicational skills; ability to work professionally with scientific collaborators; meticulous attention to details and able to take a mature, poised, and logical approach to the daily work.
  • The candidate is expected to think critically, design, perform and interpret data independently.
  • Willing to work flexible hours to make efficient progress.
  • Require skills and experience in molecular cancer biology laboratory techniques including but not limited to mammalian cell culture, cell-based assays, DNA cloning and subcloning, Sanger Sequencing, PCR, Western blotting, IHC, flow cytometry and in vivo mouse tumor model development, etc.
  • Be fluent in both spoken and written English. Able to write manuscripts and present at scientific conferences.

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
Additional Application Information

Please email your curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and 2-3 letters of reference to the attention of Jing Wu, M.D., Ph.D., Neuro-Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, 37 Convent Dr., Room 1142A, Bethesda, MD 20892,

Contact Information
Contact Name
Jing Wu MD., PhD.
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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.