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Staff Scientist - Childhood Cancer Data Initiative

Job Description:

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We are seeking a highly motivated Scientist to work with the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Single Cell Analysis Facility (SCAF) to provide dedicated single cell sequencing and related technology support for the intramural Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI). This will include close collaboration with CCDI Investigators to generate high-quality datasets for multiple projects using established single cell methods and help validate and employ emerging technologies.  A major goal of this Initiative is to establish tumor cell atlases for rare pediatric malignancies. Other duties will be:

  • Oversee day-to-day management of the dedicated single cell support for intramural CCDI led by the NCI Pediatric Oncology Branch (POB)
  • Train and coordinate work of other CCDI-SCAF staff members, and serve as liaison to accomplish project goals
  • Work with CCDI Investigators, CCR-SCAF, and others to identify, validate, and employ new single cell methods

The Cancer Research Technology Program (CRTP) develops and implements emerging technology, cancer biology expertise and research capabilities to accomplish NCI research objectives. The CRTP is an outward-facing, multi-disciplinary hub purposed to enable the external cancer research community and provides dedicated support to CCR. The dedicated units provide expertise in electron microscopy, protein characterization, mass spectrometry, protein expression, optical microscopy, and genomics. These research efforts are an integral part of CCR at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR), where CRTP scientists work collaboratively with intramural NCI investigators to provide research technologies and expertise.

Qualifications and Job Details:

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


  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of two years (2) work experience beyond the doctorate is required for appointment at this level
  • Strong background in cell and molecular biology, with familiarity of current single cell sequencing methods
  • Experience in next generation sequencing, including quality control, library preparation and data handling
  • Familiarity with diverse sample types and processing methods, including cell suspensions and tissue blocks / sections
  • Must be detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Knowledge and background experience in cancer biology and immunology
  • Familiarity with downstream single cell sequencing applications
  • Experience in standard histo-pathology methods and microscopy
  • Experience working in a core facility or other team-based environment
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Excellent written and verbal communications 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

Additional Application Information:

This is a contract position through Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  More about this position may be found here:

Contact Name: Michael Kelly

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Michael Kelly,

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