Postdoctoral Fellow - Cancer Genomics and Epigenomics

Staff Name: 
Kenneth Aldape, M.D.
Laboratory of Pathology
Research Area Keywords: 

Cancer Genomics and Epigenomics

Position Description: 

The Center for Cancer Research (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 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.

The Laboratory of Pathology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, has a mission to achieve the highest level of quality in clinical diagnostics, cancer research and education.  In addition to fulfilling anatomic pathology services within and beyond the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Laboratory of Pathology continues to incorporate innovative tools for diagnosis and research, and expand its scope of expertise as a globally recognized center of excellence.

The Genomic Pathology Section in the Laboratory of Pathology, led by Dr. Kenneth Aldape, focuses on cancer genomics and epigenomics research, and tries to integrate multi-omics single-cell technologies into human cancer specimens (  We focus on primary human brain gliomas, but are also interested in a variety of cancer types (for publications, please see  Our goal is to broaden as well as to deepen our understanding of cancer signatures using a variety of high-throughput single-cell genomic and epigenomic analysis methods.  A substantial advantage available to our researchers is immediate access to human tumor samples in our pathology archives and real-time clinical work, including fresh human brain tumor specimens from the operating theater.

The NIH has a rich research environment with countless opportunities for collaboration and cutting-edge technology resources for biomedical research.

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Candidates should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in molecular biology, cancer biology or a related field, received within the last three years or scheduled to receive very soon.  Successful candidates should have a deep understanding and experience in various genomic and epigenomic technologies, such as whole-genome sequencing, ChIP-seq and single-cell sequencing.  A new postdoctoral fellow is expected to be highly motivated and productive in pursuing his/her research projects, work independently as well as collaboratively with other lab members, and share the lab’s interest and vision for the future of cancer classification and diagnostics.  Proficient communication in both spoken and written English is strictly required, and informatic analysis skills of huge datasets will be a plus.

Additional Information: 

Salary will be commensurate with research experience in the NIH system.

This position is at the National Cancer Institute, and is therefore subject to a background investigation. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Bethesda, located adjacent to Washington, D.C., is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. Living in Bethesda offers residents a suburban feel with a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The public schools in Bethesda are highly rated.

How To Apply: 

To apply, please send an introductory email to Dr. Hye-Jung Chung at, with “Postdoctoral Application – (your name)” on the subject line, your CV attached and contact information for 3 references included.

Contact Name: 
Hye-Jung Chung
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