Tenure-eligible Principal Investigator - Health Disparities Program Leader

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Job Description

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland is seeking a world-class tenure-eligible investigator focused on health disparities in cancer to both conduct an independent research program and to lead CCR’s institutional efforts to boldly expand our health disparities research portfolio.

This position is located in the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis (LHC) and the candidate will complement the current group of dynamic and collaborative principal investigators.  The candidate must be an internationally recognized leader in the field of health disparities with demonstrated research productivity in molecular and biological epidemiology with a goal to develop an outstanding independent molecular-based program in health disparities (ideally in lung cancer) at CCR. The successful candidate will be appointed at the level of tenured NIH Senior Investigator, equivalent to Associate/Full Professor in an academic department. The incumbent’s research program will be supported with stable financial resources of the NCI intramural program and full access to a wide range of institutional technology platforms and the NIH Clinical Center. 

The successful candidate will also assume an institutional leadership role to spearhead CCR’s efforts in cancer health disparities research as part of our commitment to diversity of research, of thought and of people.

NCI Principal Investigators are part of the NIH Intramural Research Program’s unparalleled research environment of collaborative, high impact, high reward science where scientists enjoy complete intellectual freedom and can creatively and innovatively explore the most important questions in the field of cancer research and treatment. We support projects over a long time horizon allowing our investigators to pursue some of the most difficult, high-risk problems in the field, and we are always on the lookout for new challenges and the most pressing problems in modern cancer research.

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

This position is subject to a background investigation. 

Qualifications and Job Details

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

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree and have at least ten years of research experience after their terminal degree(s); a substantive record of publications; research productivity in molecular and biological epidemiology of cancer health disparities; and an interest in leading an effort to expand health disparities research across CCR’s vibrant community of over 230 principal investigators. 

Candidates may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or possess (or be eligible for) an appropriate work visa.

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
Additional Application Information

Interested applicants should submit:

  • A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography;
  • A two-page summary of research interests, goals, and future plans;
  • A diversity statement describing your track record of and commitment to promoting health disparities research, diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research and/or medicine), including but not limited to successful recruitment and/or mentorship of trainees from historically underrepresented groups, participation on committees and in program /initiatives addressing issues of diversity and inclusion, and plans for addressing diversity and inclusion in the future. (500-word limit)

Applications must be submitted to:  Initial review of applications will begin in early July 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications will be treated as confidential.  For more information, contact Lori Holliday, Faculty Recruitment Coordinator at

Contact Information
Contact Name
Lori Holliday
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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.