Senior Investigator/Tenure-Track Investigator - RNA biology

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Job Description

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), RNA Biology Laboratory is seeking an outstanding scientist to lead an independent research group focused on any area of RNA biology. The successful candidate will be part of the RNA Biology Laboratory on the Frederick, Maryland campus. The RNA Biology Laboratory, which is the equivalent of a small department at an academic institution, was formed in 2017 to enhance RNA research at the NCI.

The successful candidate will be eligible to be appointed as an NIH tenured Senior Investigator, a position equivalent to a tenured Associate Professor or Professor at a university or as a tenure-track Investigator, equivalent to an Assistant Professor at a university. The selected individual will be able to take advantage of the stable resources provided by the Intramural Research Program to lead a world-class research program. The NCI is committed to building and supporting an exceptional RNA Biology Laboratory with state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding faculty. We are located on the NCI-Frederick campus, which houses a wide range of technological assets, including cryo-electron microscopy, a well-equipped biophysics core facility and high-quality core facilities dedicated to protein chemistry, mass spectrometry, imaging, microscopy, proteomics, genomics, genome modification, flow cytometry and bioinformatics/biostatistics.

NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), a federal government agency. 

Faculty level or industrial scientists of equivalent rank with a demonstrated commitment to RNA biology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should possess excellent communication and leadership skills. Salary will be commensurate with experience. A full civil service package of benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, and retirement) is available.

Candidates may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or eligible for a visa that will enable work in the United States.

The NIH and NCI are dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
M.D. or equivalent
Job Location
Appointment Type
Government Position (Salary commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule
Full-time (In-Person)
US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

We seek candidates who will complement our current group of six dynamic and collaborative principal investigators.  Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, RNA therapeutics; long noncoding RNAs; RNA modifications; RNA genomics and bioinformatics; RNA transport and visualization; mechanisms of RNA condensation and granule formation; and the ways in which altered RNA homeostasis results in diseases such as cancer.

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.


Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland but retains a “small town” feel, surrounded by mountain views with a vibrant Main Street community. The city offers outstanding schools, a balanced and thriving economy and a highly educated workforce.

How to Apply
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Research Goals
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Interested applicants should submit:

  • A letter of interest in the position, including a career synopsis
  • A statement of research interests (up to three pages)
  • A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography (Please include in your CV a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic and other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.)

Applications must be submitted to: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be treated as confidential.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Patrick Miller
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.