Postdoctoral Fellow - Neuroscience, immunology, cell biology

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Job Description

A post-doctoral position in neuroscience is available in the lab of Dr. Chuan Wu, Experimental Immunology Branch, CCR, NCI in Bethesda, MD. The laboratory's research interest focuses on how neuron-immune interactions regulate mucosal sensation for barrier integrity in health and disease. We seek to study how immune signaling participates in gut sensation and regulates gut-brain axis. We are also exploring new therapeutic approaches for patients with intestinal inflammation and related extraintestinal manifestations. We are utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to elucidate the crosstalk between the nervous system, microbial pathogens, and the immune system. Main areas we are investigating include:

  1. Reciprocal regulations between the host and gut microbiota.
  2. Neuro-immune crosstalk for the mucosal homeostasis in lungs and gastrointestinal tract.
  3. Identification of novel targets in the intestinal epithelium for IBD treatment.

More information on projects in the Wu lab can be found here:

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

Candidates should have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, less than 4 years of post-doctoral experience, and expertise in neuroscience, immunology, cell biology, biochemistry, or molecular biology. The candidate should have excellent writing and communication skills. This position is subject to a background investigation. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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
  • Summary of Research Experience
Additional Application Information

This position is subject to a background investigation.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Chuan Wu
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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.