Postdoctoral Fellow - RNA biology, cancer invasion

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Job Description

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Stavroula Mili in the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Mili's research program focuses on the roles of localized mRNAs in mammalian physiology and tumor progression. Our goal is to explore the mechanisms leading to compartmentalized mRNA distributions in the cytoplasm, and to understand how localized mRNA translation influences the function of the encoded proteins and modulates physiological responses. We use multidisciplinary approaches including single-molecule RNA and translation imaging in fixed and live cells, bioengineering methods as well as 3D and in vivo models. The research program is funded by the NIH Intramural Research Program and is supported by state-of-the-art imaging, genomic and proteomic facilities.

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Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
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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

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree within the last two years and extensive research experience in cell biology, molecular biology, cancer biology or related discipline and be highly motivated to pursue and design innovative research directions.

Preferred Skills

Experience in microscopy and ability to implement and modify customized algorithms (matlab, R, etc.) is desirable.

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
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Applications containing a cover letter briefly indicating areas of expertise and research goals, a CV, names of three references, and preferred start date should be sent directly to Dr. Stavroula Mili at

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Stavroula Mili
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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.