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Postdoctoral Fellowship

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A postdoctoral fellowship position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Cynthia Dunbar, NIH Distinguished Investigator, within the Translational Stem Cell Biology Branch at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, in collaboration with the Molecular Imaging Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH . The laboratories are located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The research projects focus on the development and use of novel and informative short (hours to days) and longer term (months to years) imaging approaches to track adoptively transferred cells of interest, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, natural killer cells, B cells/plasma cells, hematopoietic progenitor and stem cells, myeloid cells, and other cell types under investigation, in preclinical animal models with high relevance to treatment of human diseases. For further information on the laboratories see and .


Candidates must have a PhD (or be nearing PhD completion) or an MD (with extensive prior laboratory training) in a relevant discipline. Applicants must have prior experience with image analyses and quantitation, preferably working with PET/CT modalities, and be comfortable with and able to work within sophisticated image analysis software. In addition, laboratory experience with cell culture and processing, flow cytometry, and safe handling and disposal of radioactive materials is desirable. Must be willing to work directly with laboratory animals and radioisotopes. Training and support is available.

Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, with a starting salary of at least $62,679. Appointees may be US citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain a valid employment authorized visa. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Applications will be continuously reviewed until the position is filled.

To Apply:

Applicants should email their curriculum vitae or NIH biosketch, a statement of interest, and names and contact information of three references to Cynthia Dunbar MD, and Kayla Chaney, Selected applicants will be asked for references and invited to give a virtual or in person seminar.

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.