Postdoctoral Fellow - immunotherapeutics

Staff Name: 
Chuong Dinh Hoang, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery Branch
Research Area Keywords: 

thoracic malignancy, immunotherapeutics 

Position Description: 

A Post-doctoral Fellow position is available in the Thoracic Surgery Branch (TSB), Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH.

Our broad goal is to explore the molecular and cellular biology of thoracic cancers, namely mesothelioma and/ or, thymoma, non-small cell lung carcinoma etc.  Currently, we have projects that involve (1) investigating microRNA-mRNA interactions in malignant mesothelioma, (2) on the pathogenic signaling pathways relevant to tumor initiation, invasion, metastasis, and resistance, (3) novel local therapeutic delivery system(s) able to carry diverse types of payloads including nucleic acid, immunotherapeutics, targeted small molecule agents, or antibodies, as well as several other translational-based endeavors.  For this recruitment, we seek to expand our immunotherapeutics development.  With these projects, we have aims of developing novel molecular biomarkers and therapeutic targets based on an understanding of the pathogenetic mechanisms active in these cancers.  The culmination of these projects will be linked to clinical human protocols in these thoracic cancers of interest.    

This is a great opportunity for candidates who are generally interested in cancer biology and want to enhance their career potential by working in our research program with outstanding support of other established laboratories and core facilities in the National Cancer Institute.  This laboratory effort will be in close collaboration with other faculty in our branch, within the NIH community at large and/ or extramural collaborators.  We highly value a team-based approach.  Individuals with self-motivation and willingness to collaborate will be most successful in this environment.

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The NCI Center for Cancer Research (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.

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Qualified candidates should have a Ph.D. in a Biological science area or the equivalent background (M.D., M.B.B.S., etc) with one to five years of post-doctoral experience.  A background and working knowledge in molecular and cellular biology is required and for this specific position we are seeking interest and/or experience in immunology.  Other research backgrounds that may be a good fit include stem cell biology or RNA biology.  Familiarity with basic techniques including DNA/ RNA isolation, cell culture techniques western-blot, quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry, ChIP, retroviral or lentiviral transfections, CRISPR-Cas, FACS sorting, and working with mice are a must.  Knowledge and/or experience in bioinformatics, biostatistics, mutation detection, microarray analysis, RNA-seq and other sequencing methodology, and microRNA is preferred. 

Additional Information: 

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: 

Please submit a current curriculum vitae with statement of career goals, and three references with names/email addresses to:

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Jan Pappas
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