Postdoctoral Fellow - Tumor immunology, lung cancer

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Job Description

A post-doctoral position in tumor immunology is available in the lab of Dr. Chen Zhao, Thoracic and GI Malignancies Branch, CCR, NCI in Bethesda, MD. Our research focuses on understanding the complex interactions among tumor cells, immune cells, and microbes in the tumor microenvironment in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. We have established genetically engineered mouse models, including the KP model, and advanced tissue imaging (static and intravital imaging) platforms. 

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a strong interest in tumor immunology to join us. Potential research areas include: 

  1. Interactions between myeloid cells and T cells in TME of lung cancer
  2. Crosstalk among intratumor microbiome, tumor cells, and immune cells

In general, our goal is to create an environment for training future leaders in tumor immunology research. We expect the candidate to develop a research program in 4-5 years. The candidate will spend the first year developing the system and identifying research questions. In the second year, the candidate will have an opportunity to hire a post-bac fellow for his/her project, which will be sponsored by the lab. We strongly believe this helps the candidate develop leadership skills, which is essential for starting his/her research group in the future. In addition, the candidate will enjoy research flexibility through the allocation of a discretionary fund of at least $2,000 per month. This fund empowers the candidate to independently determine how to allocate it towards various research needs.

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
  • Highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in tumor immunology
  • Expertise in immunology, molecular biology, or cancer biology
  • Experiences in molecular cloning
  • Have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree
Preferred Skills
  • Experiences with mouse models
  • Flow cytometry
  • Intravital imaging

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
Contact Information
Contact Name
Chen Zhao
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.