Center for Cancer Research

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Tenure Track Investigator - cancer genomics, diagnostic pathology

Job Description:

Position is with:

The Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research (CCR) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bethesda, MD, is actively recruiting for a tenure-track investigator to work in the area of cancer genomics.  This position represents an effort to build on the Laboratory of Pathology’s growing interest and expertise in both scientific discovery in cancer genomics and clinical application of genomic studies on human cancer specimens.  Research interests of the successful applicant may include investigation of the genetic and molecular landscape of a wide range of cancers as well as systematic genome-wide approaches to interrogate the function of cancer genes and the vulnerabilities of tumors. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with interests in both cancer gene discovery and the application of next-generation sequencing and genome-wide array-based approaches in the clinical setting of diagnostic pathology.  We are targeting an individual with experience and expertise in the analysis of alterations in cancer genes, epigenomics, gene expression and/or DNA copy number in human tumor specimens and model systems. Emerging evidence indicates the utility of cancer genomic and epigenomic analysis to be contributory not only to specific therapeutic choices, but also to tumor classification and precision diagnostics.  Integration of molecular alterations within the context of clinical cancer diagnostics represents an exciting direction that would be expected of the successful applicant.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing trans-institutional, translational research team that will promote and support collaborations across the basic, translational, and clinical research spectrum as the field of diagnostic pathology navigates through the genomic era.  The successful applicant will provide demonstrable leadership implementing cancer genomics into basic and/or translational research and be highly collaborative.

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

REQUIRED SKILLS: The successful candidate should have a well-established track record of publications in the area of cancer genomics. Candidates will be evaluated on their educational background, scholarly work, leadership and mentoring activities, and experience.

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
  • Description of mentoring and outreach activities

Additional Application Information:

A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography should include a description of your mentoring and outreach activities especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

Applications must be submitted electronically to: Review of applications will begin on or about February 11, 2020.  This search will remain open until filled.

Contact Name: Lori Holliday

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Lori Holliday,

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