Postdoctoral Fellow - viral malignancy, KSHV

Staff Name: 
Robert Yarchoan, M.D.
HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch
Research Area Keywords: 

viral malignancy, HIV malignancy, KSHV, gammaherpesvirus

Position Description: 

A postdoctoral position is available to conduct laboratory research in the group of Dr. Robert Yarchoan, Chief of the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch (HAMB) in the Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute. Research in the lab is focused on viral-induced malignancies, especially those that are caused by Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) or are associated with HIV infection. The Yarchoan group also encompasses an active clinical program focused on KSHV-induced and HIV-associated malignancies; the laboratory research is translational and benefits from this connection. Some areas of ongoing research include immunologic and other novel approaches to the treatment of viral-induced malignancies; understanding the interactions between caspases and KSHV; understanding the pathogenesis of KSHV-associated inflammatory syndrome; and understanding the effect of various cellular signals on expression of KSHV genes. The laboratory is on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. More information about the Yarchoan lab can be found at:

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We are looking for a clear-thinking, curious and motivated scientist with a PhD and/or MD and a strong background in virology, virologic oncology, immunology, and/or molecular biology.  The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to work well with others on a team. Experience in one or more of the following areas would be helpful: molecular virology (especially in gammaherpesviruses); viral oncogenesis; immunology; cellular imaging (for example, RNAscope); or cancer biology.  Candidates must have graduated from a high-quality program and have less than 4 years postdoctoral experience.

Additional Information: 

Bethesda, located adjacent to Washington, D.C., is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. Living in Bethesda offers residents a suburban feel with a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The public schools in Bethesda are highly rated.

How To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter describing your research experience, current interests and future goals; a CV and bibliography; and contact information for three references to Dr. Robert Yarchoan at

Contact Name: 
Robert Yarchoan
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