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Postdoctoral Fellow - Microbiome and Cancer Risk

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

About the position

Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., an Earl Stadtman investigator in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch (MEB), is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with interest in conducting research to understand the potential association between the human microbiome and cancer starting in spring or summer of 2022. The human microbiome is garnering significant interest in relation to health but is still relatively understudied in relation to cancer.

Specific areas of Dr. Vogtmann’s research include:

  • Determining the association between the human microbiome and cancer risk with a particular focus on cancers of the lung, colorectum, head/neck, and breast;
  • Considering the association between the human microbiome and cancer risk factors;
  • Evaluating methods for the collection, storage, and processing of samples and data for the study of the human microbiome.

Learn more about the advantages of being a DCEG fellow, including our distinctive research environment, mentorship, professional development, compensation and benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Goal: The potential candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team of epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, bioinformaticians, and biostatisticians. The NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) has a long tradition of conducting large-scale, population-based studies and has excellent resources for microbiome sample handling, bioinformatics, and statistical analyses. In addition, DCEG offers extensive career development training through its Office of Education.

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What you'll need to apply

For more information contact:

Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., Earl Stadtman Investigator
Phone: 240-276-6701

To apply / learn more about training in DCEG:
Submit a cover letter, CV, and names of three referees to Dr. Emily Vogtmann


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Qualifications: Applicants with or soon to receive a doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or another analytical, related field are encouraged to apply. Experience analyzing microbiome data is a plus, but not required. A successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to work in an interdisciplinary team. Salary and benefits are highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

Additional Information

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

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents; or foreign nationals (visa requirements apply). Candidates are subject to a background investigation. DHHS, NIH, and NIH is an equal opportunity employer.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: 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.