Postdoctoral Fellow - Non-coding RNAs and viruses

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Job Description

Our group is expanding and we are seeking to fill two post-doctoral positions. We study the functions of human and viral non-coding RNAs in a tumorigenic virus in order to identify pathways instrumental to viral pathogenesis and potentially lead to discovery of novel antiviral and anti-tumor targets. Currently, we are studying the functional significance of a subset of circular RNAs and human genes that are differentially regulated by viral infection. Some non-coding RNA functions of interest include: regulation of infection, immune evasion, cell cycle regulation, and apoptosis. A separate project has been using various single cell and spatial transcriptomic approaches to understand viral and human gene expression in diseased tissue of patients with cancer virus malignancies. 

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 must have or plan to have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. with excellent communication skills and cell culture experience. Post-graduate degrees must be obtained in 2023 or 2024. Those with experience with gene expression analysis, virology, and immunology are preferred. 

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
  • Summary of Research Experience
Additional Application Information

Please send CV, brief statement of research experience/future interests and contact information for at least three references to Dr. Joseph Ziegelbauer in a single pdf to Please include "postdoc" in the email subject line. 

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This position is subject to a background investigation. 


Contact Information
Contact Name
Joseph Ziegelbauer
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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.