Postdoctoral Fellow - computational biology, experimental biology

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Job Description

Postdoc Positions in Functional Genomics of Cancer at the National Cancer Institute

Full-time postdoctoral fellow positions in both computational and experimental biology are currently available in the Laboratory of Dr. Xin Wei Wang, Deputy Director of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR), Deputy Chief of the CCR Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis, and Co-Director of the NCI CCR Liver Cancer Program at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD.

About the Lab

The Wang lab focuses on functional genomics of liver cancer using genome-scale technologies including single-cell analyses paired with several national/international collaborative initiatives and clinical studies. Dr. Wang oversees a basic/translational research program emphasizing new molecular approaches to define tumor subtypes and identify biomarkers for early detection, diagnosis, prognosis and prediction, to delineate the molecular mechanisms of liver cancer with applications towards precision medicine. Select publications include: Budhu et al., Cell Reports Medicine, 2023; Chang et al., Hepatology, 2023; Ma et al., Nature Communications, 2022; Liu et al., Cell, 182:317-28, 2020; Ma et al., Cancer Cell, 36:418-30, 2019; Chaisaingmongkol et al., Cancer Cell, 32:57-70, 2017; Ji et al., N Engl J Med, 361:1437-47, 2009; Dang et al., Cancer Cell, 32:101-14, 2017; Ye et al., Cancer Cell, 30:444-48, 2016; and Ye et al, Nature Medicine, 9:416-23, 2003. The group is well-funded, and fellows will have opportunities to conduct cutting-edge cancer research with plenty of interactions with top-notch research groups at the NIH.  

  • Stable funding
  • Exciting research that spans cancer biology, mathematical modeling, and translational science with the goal of improving early detection and therapeutics for cancer.
  • Applying cutting-edge technologies including single-cell sequencing and spatial sequencing to profiling patient-derived tumor samples.
  • Well-paid fellowship stipend plus benefits.
  • Various collaboration opportunities
  • Interaction opportunities with exceptional basic scientists, computational biologists, and clinicians at NIH.
  • Numerous opportunities for exposure at NIH and international conferences.
  • The NIH Intramural Research Program is the largest biomedical research institution in the world, with 1,200 principal investigators and over 4,000 postdoctoral fellows conducting basic, translational, and clinical research.

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Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
M.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

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and meet the following qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in computer science, computational biology, bioinformatics, experimental biology, M.D., or other related disciplines
  • Proficiency in experimental molecular/cell biology
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • A strong record of scientific achievement through peer-reviewed publications
Preferred Skills
  • Programming skills in R, Python are preferred.
  • Experience in cancer biology is an additional asset.

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
  • 3 References
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

To Apply

Interested individuals should send 1) a cover letter, 2) a current CV, 3) contact information for three references, 4) when/for how long you want to join the Wang lab to Dr. Wang at

Contact Information
Contact Name
Xin Wei Wang, Ph.D.
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.