Postdoctoral Fellow - biomaterials, immunoengineering

Date Posted
Position is with
Name of Hiring Official/Investigator

Job Description

The Cancer Biomaterials Engineering Section at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead projects in immunomodulatory biomaterials for cancer immunotherapy. The Lab is headed by Dr. Matthew Wolf, and is a multidisciplinary combination of biomaterials science, cancer immunology, and tissue engineering. The Wolf lab studies immune modulatory scaffolds as a local delivery system in cancer immunotherapy, including decellularized extracellular matrix. This specific project aims to decode the immune interactions at the biomaterial-tissue interface during cancer immunotherapy and cancer surgery. Our overall mission is to design biomaterial scaffold-based strategies that modulate and enhance antigen specific anti-tumor immune responses after surgical tumor resection.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
Job Location
Appointment Type
Training Position (Starting stipend: $65,100, bonuses may apply)
Work Schedule
Full-time (In-Person)
US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills
  • Hold an advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Immunology, Chemistry, Cancer Biology, Materials Science or related fields
  • Prior experiences in either biomaterials characterization, in vivo tumor/surgery models, immunology, drug delivery and/or tissue engineering
Preferred Skills
  • Animal models: transplantable tumors and soft tissue surgery
  • Immunology / cancer immunology
  • Biomaterial scaffold design and characterization
  • Spectral flow cytometry
  • Immunofluorescence/IHC tissue staining
  • Single-cell sequencing and analysis
  • Tissue engineering

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
  • Statement of Research Goals
  • 3 References
Additional Application Information

*send the name and contact information for 3 references. 

**bonuses available for holding degrees in engineering and chemistry.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Matthew Wolf
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.