Staff Scientist - Bioinformatics, stem cells, epigenetics

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Job Description

The staff scientist position is in the Thoracic Epigenetics Laboratory (TEL), Thoracic Surgery Branch, CCR, NCI.  The incumbent will directly oversee bioinformatics efforts pertaining to the generation iPSC from normal cells and cancer cells including primary thoracic tumors and corresponding normal tissues.  The goals of these efforts are to study fundamental epigenetic mechanisms of pluripotency in thoracic malignancies with translation of these findings to novel clinical protocols for lung and esophageal cancers, thymic epithelial tumors, pulmonary metastases, and malignant pleural mesotheliomas. The incumbent will help direct day to day activities of the team, and together with another staff scientist, train biologists, post-docs, and clinical fellows in the lab.  The incumbent will be an integral member of a joint lab program between the TEL and an established lab in an overseas cancer center.

Qualifications and Job Details

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

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills
  • Ph.D. in cancer biology, biochemistry, stem cell biology, epigenetics or related field with at least 8-10 years of post-graduate experience;
  • Documented expertise in epigenetics and stem cell biology including generation/characterization of iPSC, as well as isolation/characterization of cancer stem cells;
  • Documented productivity as evidenced by sustained publications in high-tier journals, and grant support;
  • Experience in leading a team of individuals to achieve project goals;
  • Must have outstanding communication and leadership skills.

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
Jan Pappas
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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.