Tenure Track Investigator - Cancer Genomics

Staff Name: 
Kenneth Aldape, M.D.
Laboratory of Pathology
Research Area Keywords: 

cancer genomics, diagnostic pathology

Position Description: 

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.

CCR is working to solve the most pressing problems in the field through basic, translational and clinical cancer research to create the cancer medicines of tomorrow and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of cancer researchers. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences. 

The CCR is a unique place of science where we combine diverse expertise with the freedom to thoroughly pursue the most pressing questions in cancer biology and treatment. The CCR is home to an extraordinary group of scientists and clinicians exploring the cutting-edge of cancer and HIV/AIDS research. Our scientists work on a wide spectrum of biological and biomedical problems enjoying complete intellectual freedom and are expected to 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, offering a wide array of intellectual and technological and research resources.

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The successful candidate should have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and 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.  Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Additional Information: 

The NIH and NCI are dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

The National Cancer Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, a federal government agency.  The Center for Cancer Research is the largest component of the intramural biomedical research effort at NIH and a major user of the NIH Clinical Research Center, a state-of-the-art research hospital on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.  For an overview of CCR, please visit http://ccr.cancer.gov/.  For more information, contact Lori Holliday at hollidal@mail.nih.gov.

A full civil service package of benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, and retirement) is available.  Candidates may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or eligible for a visa that will enable work in the U.S. This position is subject to a background investigation.

Bethesda, located adjacent to Washington, D.C., is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. Living in Bethesda offers residents a suburban feel with a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The public schools in Bethesda are highly rated.

How To Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A letter of interest in the position including a career synopsis (1-3 pages)
  • A statement of research interests (1-2 pages)
  • A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography (Please 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.)
  • Names and contact information of three references.

Applications must be submitted electronically to: https://service.cancer.gov/ccr-careers. Review of applications will begin on or about February 11, 2020.  This search will remain open until filled.

Contact Name: 
Lori Holliday
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