Postdoctoral Fellow - Noncoding RNAs and RNPs, RNA Surveillance

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Job Description

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Sandra Wolin’s laboratory, located in the RNA Biology Laboratory, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. We study how noncoding RNAs function, the RNA surveillance pathways that remove defective and harmful RNAs and the mechanisms by which defects in these pathways contribute to diseases such as cancer and autoimmunity. Our approach is multidisciplinary, as we combine molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and structural biology to discover novel functions for noncoding RNAs and to identify novel RNA surveillance pathways. For more information, see

Our group is part of the National Cancer Institute RNA Biology Initiative, which includes more than 50 laboratories at the Frederick and Bethesda campuses of the National Cancer Institute. The environment is highly collaborative and collegial, with the ability to interact with a wide range of scientists and clinicians. The position is ideal for motivated candidates who are seeking additional training in RNA biology.

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 a Ph.D. and/or an M.D., and have less than five years of postdoctoral experience. Graduate students who anticipate receiving their degree are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates must also have significant training in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or structural biology, as evidenced by publications.

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.


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How to Apply
  • CV/Resume
  • 3 References
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Please send an email to Sandra Wolin ( that includes a cover letter that discusses your research background and why you are interested in the position, your CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Sandra L Wolin
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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.