Postbaccalaureate Fellow - Developmental Biology, Regeneration

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Job Description

The Davies lab is recruiting a Postbaccalaureate Fellow to conduct research into the mechanisms underlying the establishment of lifelong regenerative abilities during planarian embryogenesisWe are developing Schmidtea polychroa, a reliably fertile planarian flatworm species, as a model for comparative studies of embryogenesis and regeneration. Ongoing projects seek to determine how the response to injury differs in regeneration-incompetent versus regeneration-competent embryos, and how a dynamic, body-wide position control system necessary for regeneration is established during development.

The postbaccalaureate researcher will work collaboratively with senior lab members to: 1) maintain the S. polychroa breeding colony, 2) adapt and optimize functional assays for S. polychroa embryos, 3) conduct independent experiments that will further our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying regeneration initiation, axial polarity, and embryonic development.

Applicants must possess good organizational, analytical, and communication skills. The applicant should desire to work as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary research team. The Postbaccalaureate Fellow will be closely mentored by Dr. Davies and senior lab members in animal husbandry, research practices, laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis, oral and written communication of their work, and professional development.

A two-year commitment required, with the expectation that the Postbaccalaureate Fellow will apply to graduate programs during year two of their appointment.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
B.S./B.A. or equivalent
Job Location
Appointment Type
Training Position (Stipend commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule
Full-time (In-Person)
US Citizenship required

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Applicants should have or be working towards completion of a B.A. or B.S., with relevant coursework in STEM disciplines. 

Applicants should have prior independent research experience. 

Preferred Skills

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about conducting basic science research and developing new methods and community resources for an emerging research organism. Experience or a desire to learn bioinformatic techniques is desirable.

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
  • 3 References
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Contact Dr. Davies ( to initiate a discussion about this postbaccalaureate research opportunity. Please attach a C.V./Resume to your email and the names and contact information for 3 professional references. Your email should provide a succinct explanation of why this training opportunity appeals to you, and how it will impact your learning and preparation for the next phase of your career.

Post-baccalaureate applicants will submit applications through the NIH OITE portal:

Applicants must pass a federal background check.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Erin Davies
E-mail Address
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.