Postdoctoral Fellows - Metastasis research

Staff Name: 
Meera Murgai, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics
Research Area Keywords: 

Metastasis, Pericytes, Fibroblasts, Stem cells

Position Description: 

Positions are available to study the role of stromal cells, including pericytes, vascular smooth muscle cells, mesenchymal stem cells, and fibroblasts, in pre-metastatic niche formation and metastatic progression in the laboratory of Meera Murgai, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics, Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.

The postdoctoral fellow will focus on interrogating the role stromal cell heterogeneity and plasticity in the metastatic microenvironment, following up on work published in our Nature Medicine 2017 article. The post-doctoral fellow will be trained in techniques related to cancer biology, vascular biology and computational analysis of large gene expression datasets to further our understanding of the metastatic microenvironment in experimental models and patient data.

CCR is working to solve the most pressing problems in the field through basic, translational and clinical cancer research to create the cancer medicines of tomorrow and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of cancer researchers. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.

CCR is dedicated to preparing the next generation of cancer researchers and offers a training environment that is second-to-none in quality of science and mentoring by outstanding principal investigators, including nine members of the National Academy of Science and eight members of the National Academy of Medicine. CCR offers fellows access to cutting-edge technologies and cores, a highly collaborative environment, awards and research forums to recognize outstanding post docs, continuous scientific symposia and lectures featuring leading researchers, a strong commitment to translational research, and a vibrant clinical research program housed in the world’s largest dedicated research hospital, the NIH Clinical Center. ​

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Experience Required: 

PhD with less than 1 year post-graduate experience in Cancer Biology, Vascular Biology, or related field is required. Alternatively, a PhD in Computational Biology with a background/interest in Cancer Biology and methods related to metastasis will be considered. Cross-training between bench science and computational science will be available.

Additional Information: 

Successful candidates will be hired through the Cancer Research Training Award mechanism at the NIH (, which offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

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: 

Candidates should send a cover letter, current CV, and names of three references to: Meera Murgai,

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Meera Murgai
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