Postdoctoral Fellow - Microbial interspecies interactions, antibiotic resistance

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Job Description

Our lab studies the mechanisms underlying complex behaviors in bacteria using a combination of genetics, genomics, and systems biology tools. There are two main research areas in the lab:

1) Interspecies interactions, especially between bacterial species found in chronic respiratory infections (including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia). Current research focuses on identifying the molecules and pathways that lead to novel microbial interactions, and adaptation of bacteria to foreign molecules and species.

2) Evolution of antibiotic resistance. We are interested in understanding the genetic and environmental factors that govern evolutionary trajectories upon antibiotic exposure.

Additional information about our research can be found at:

All lab members are fully integrated into the broader microbiology community at the NIH, and regularly interact with principal investigators and trainees from several other laboratories. The NCI offers excellent opportunities for scientific training and professional development of postdoctoral fellows.

The position is fully funded for up to 5 years, and candidates will have the opportunity to either lead ongoing projects in the lab or develop a new research direction of mutual interest.

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

Candidates should have a Ph.D. and experience in microbiology, genetics, systems biology, or a related field.

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
  • Statement of Research Goals
  • 3 References
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Please email Dr. Khare ( directly with:

  1. A cover letter describing your research interest in our lab
  2. Your CV
  3. Email contacts for 3 references
Contact Information
Contact Name
Anupama Khare
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.