Center for Cancer Research

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Staff Scientist - cancer and molecular biology, epigenetics

Job Description:

Position is with:

Dr. Li Yang is seeking a staff scientist in the areas of cancer biology, molecular biology and epigenetic regulation to join her laboratory. The Li Yang laboratory focuses on the tumor microenvironment and metastasis and aims to identify critical molecular mediators for therapeutic targets. The successful candidate will lead a research team consisting of senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, as well as supporting animal technicians.

The laboratory is located on the NIH Bethesda campus which has a state-of-the art research platform. The candidate will have access to the research facilities and outstanding salary support. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required: Ph.D. or equivalent
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Government Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience


Interested candidates must have a Ph.D. or MD/PhD with at least six years of research experience in cancer biology, molecular biology, and epigenetics as well as large dataset analysis. Excellent academic knowledge, experimental skills, bioinformatic training as well as a strong publication record are required.


Individuals with high motivation, good logical/analytic thinking, as well as excellent communication and laboratory management skills are preferred.

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
  • Statement of Research Goals
  • Three References
  • Cover Letter
  • Summary of Research Experience

Additional Application Information:

To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV with bibliography, a brief description of research experience and interests, and three references to For more information on the Yang lab, please visit ( Biology-and-Genetics/li-yang).
This position is subject to a background investigation.

Contact Name: Li Yang

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Li Yang,

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