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Physician-Scientist Early Investigator

Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR), a division of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces its annual call for applications for the Physician-Scientist Early Investigator Program (PEIP), an exciting advanced training opportunity intended for early career physicians dedicated to laboratory bench-to-bedside or clinic-based research.  NCI’s largest intramural program located in Bethesda, Maryland offers an unparalleled opportunity to build an independent clinical research program with access to plentiful beds at the world’s largest dedicated research hospital and an extensive clinical infrastructure including protocol and regulatory support, nursing, data management, information technology, shared research resources, and availability of a broad range of scientific and clinical expertise.

Come join a vibrant, multidisciplinary research community featuring flexible funding that supports innovative, high-impact bench-to-bedside research. The PEIP assists board-eligible/board-certified translational researchers in transitioning from a mentored position to that of an independent investigator in research, in academia, or comparable positions in government and industry. Potential areas of interest include: medical oncology, pediatric hematology-oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, neuro-oncology, urology, myeloid malignancies, and epidemiology and genetics. Program objectives are to: develop competence and skills in study design, protocol development and patient-oriented research; acquire knowledge related to the ethical and regulatory issues of conducting clinical research involving human subjects; gain direct experience with the collection and management of research data; and, learn about function, development, organization and leadership of a multidisciplinary clinical research team.

Selectees will be appointed for a three-year period at a competitive salary commensurate with subspecialty training and experience. They will be assigned dedicated space, provided with an independent budget including travel and training funds, and given access to an extensive infrastructure including research nursing, data-management support, animal facilities, core services and advanced technologies such as imaging/microscopy, protein chemistry and purification, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, genomics and transgenic and knockout mice. An attractive Federal Government employee benefits package includes health and life insurance coverage, a retirement savings program, and relocation expenses. Student loan repayment is possible through the NIH. Program participants must develop a research proposal within the first six months in collaboration with a mentor and complete courses focused on leadership/management skills and writing cancer grant applications. Research progress will be reviewed on an annual basis.

The Physician-Scientist Early Investigator Program is a highly competitive program offers:
  • A unique bridge from mentored to independent position
  • Extensive resources supporting innovative, high-impact bench-to-bedside research in the world's largest hospital devoted exclusively to clinical research
  • Competitive salary and loan repayment opportunities
  • Opportunity to serve as principal investigator on clinical trials
  • A highly collaborative environment with access to a broad range of scientific and clinical expertise and cutting-edge medical technologies


Candidates may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or possess (or be eligible for) the appropriate work visa and must have successfully completed subspecialty training at a U.S. accredited institution in an appropriate field.

A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States.  Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the  Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

Applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, complete bibliography, contact information for three letters of recommendation, and a description of research interests and goals and as they relate to the chosen field. Please include in your CV, a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic and other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. For additional information on completion of your research interests and goals statement, please visit:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Applicants who wish to be appointed on the academic year (i.e., July 1st), are encouraged to apply by September 30, 2020.  Paper applications will not be accepted.

Visit to apply.

Before you apply online be sure to have the following information:
  • Your email address and contact information
  • Names, email addresses, and contact information for three letters of reference
  • The following documents in PDF or Microsoft Word format:
    • CV + Bibliography
    • Research Goals

Open Date: March 3, 2020

Review Date: November 1, 2020

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This post will be available until September 27, 2020 or until filled.

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