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Contribution of Autoimmune Conditions to the Etiology and Outcomes of Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB) of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow with training in epidemiology to study the contribution of autoimmune conditions to the etiology and outcomes of cancer, under the mentorship of Eric A. Engels, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, IIB and senior investigator. Autoimmune conditions cause chronic tissue damage, inflammation, and immune activation, and they are treated with medications that modify immune function, all of which may contribute to the development of some cancers and impaired survival after cancer diagnosis. Working closely with Dr. Engels, the fellow will design studies using data from large administrative claims databases, registries, electronic health records, and traditional cohort and case-control studies. Projects may incorporate pharmacoepidemiology approaches to assess specific medications and assessment of circulating biomarkers of inflammation and immunity. Additional opportunities to study other immune-related medical conditions are available.

IIB conducts multidisciplinary research on the role of infections and immunity in carcinogenesis to inform efforts to reduce the burden of cancer. Risk factors for cancer that are a focus of branch research include oncogenic infections (HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human papillomavirus, Helicobacter pylori, Plasmodium falciparum), immune-related conditions, and chronic inflammation.


Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology or a related field. Candidates should have a strong background and skill in epidemiology, statistical programming, and critical thinking and writing. Background knowledge and research experience related to autoimmune conditions, other immune-related diseases, or cancer is a plus.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae including bibliography, and the names/contact information of three references (and any questions) to Dr. Engels (

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.

Learn more about IIB. Find more Infections and Immunoepidemiology Fellowship Opportunities.

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