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Staff Scientist - Molecular chaperones, DNA, protein homeostasis

Job Description:

Position is with:

The Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health is recruiting a staff scientist in the Molecular Biology of DNA Section of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

The successful candidate will provide support for the ongoing research projects in the laboratory, including:

  • Carrying out research largely independently, including designing experiments, performing experiments and analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Preparing manuscripts and submitting manuscripts.
  • Contributing to the publication of review articles.
  • Presenting research through posters and oral presentations at local, national and international meetings.
  • Keeping current with knowledge and technical advances in the field through the literature and attending seminars.
  • Providing experimental support for team projects, such as constructing mutants, purifying proteins and performing assays.
  • Assisting in the supervision and mentoring of summer students, post baccalaureate fellows and postdoctoral fellows, including helping the fellows design experiments, learn new techniques, analyze and interpret data, and prepare posters, presentations and manuscripts. In addition, assisting in mentoring fellows in career development and in good ethical standards.
  • Leading collaborations with both internal and external collaborators.
  • Managing the laboratory, including overseeing the functioning and maintenance of the equipment, general ordering and organization of the laboratory.
  • Ensuring continuity of ongoing laboratory projects by maintaining protocols and materials from past group members, teaching new members how to continue the projects and carrying to completion projects that were left unfinished by departed fellows.

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


To be considered for this position, applicants must have a Ph.D. in biochemistry and four or more years of postdoctoral research experience. They should have expertise in protein biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, biophysics and proteomics. Applicants must have a record of scientific achievements including publications in peer reviewed journals and conference presentations.

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:

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, brief summary of research interests and experience and the names of three references to Sue Wickner, Ph.D., Molecular Biology of DNA Section, LMB, CCR, NCI, 37 Convent Drive, Bldg. 37, Room 5144, Bethesda, MD 20892. Applications should be sent by email to

Contact Name: Sue Wickner

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Sue Wickner,

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