Center for Cancer Research

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Staff Scientist - Neuro-Oncology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Animal Studies

Job Description:

Position is with:

The Neuro-Oncology Branch, a trans-institute program of the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health is seeking an outstanding candidate to work in its exciting translational, interdisciplinary research team.  This position emphasizes the development of hypothesis-driven projects that investigate the biological pathogenesis and therapeutic targets of brain tumors. The Stem Cell Biology Program is currently investigating hypoxia signaling, IDH mutations, and p53 mutations in brain tumor development and progression through the use of patient-derived stem cell and neuroprogenitor cell in vitro and in vivo models and translating these findings to the development of novel therapeutic agents, including immunomodulating agents and CAR-T cell therapies for brain tumors.

The Staff Scientist will provide expertise on brain tumor studies and assist in genetic research performing human tumor tissue-based studies.  The successful candidate will oversee collaborative research projects with intramural laboratories engaged in investigations into basic biomedical research and neuro-oncology disorders, and will also instruct postdoctoral fellows, students, and technicians in laboratory methods.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required:
    • Ph.D. or equivalent
    • M.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

REQUIRED SKILLS: The following skills and qualifications are required: 1) Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in a related field and at least three years of post-doctoral training in cancer biology; and, 2) a strong background in genetics, molecular biology and animal studies.

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
  • Summary of Research Experience

Additional Application Information:

Please send curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to the attention of Zhengping Zhuang, MD, PhD, Neuro-Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, 37 Convent Drive, Building 37, Room 1000, Bethesda, MD 20892 at

Contact Name: Zhengping Zhuang, MD, PhD

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Zhengping Zhuang, MD, PhD,

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