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NIH iCURE Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is accepting applications for multiple postdoctoral fellowships as part of the new Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE) program. The iCURE program is a partnership between the NCI Intramural Research Program (IRP) and the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD).

Starting in Fall 2018, iCURE will support mentored research experiences for qualified postdoctoral fellows in the multidisciplinary research environment of the NCI campuses in Bethesda, Rockville, and Frederick, Maryland.

iCURE will provide postdoctoral iCURE scholars:

  • Three-year research experience awards
  • Opportunities to work closely with world-class biomedical cancer research scientists in the NCI IRP
  • Support by NCI program staff as well as information and resources on intramural and extramural funding opportunities
  • Professional development activities, such as workshops, networking events, and webinars
  • An extensive and sustaining mentoring network.

Research Opportunities
iCURE scholars will enjoy research opportunities in the NCI IRP, which maintains a strong focus on rare cancers and cancers in underserved populations worldwide, as well as emerging scientific opportunities in cancer research. The NCI IRP offers an unparalleled cancer research environment to train the next generation of researchers, with opportunities across the basic to clinical spectrum of cancer research.

The IRP includes the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) and the Division of Cancer Epidemiology (DCEG) and Genetics. CCR conducts basic and clinical cancer research and develops breakthrough discoveries into novel therapeutic interventions for adults and children afflicted with cancer or HIV. DCEG is a global leader in cancer epidemiology and genetics research and is uniquely positioned to conduct projects that are high risk in nature.

To be considered for the iCURE program, you must:

  • Have acquired a PhD, MD, or other equivalent degree by the proposed iCURE start date
  • Be a citizen, citizen national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Have completed no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of the most recent doctoral degree.

NCI is particularly interested in encouraging applications of individuals from groups identified in NIH's Notice of Interest in Diversity (see notice at as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences, including for example:

A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see NOT-OD-15-089.

B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. See NSF data at,

To Apply
The target start time will be Fall 2018.

The following documents should be combined into a single PDF file and emailed to Please save the file as: iCURE_Post-doc_[your name].

  • Cover letter: please submit a signed personal statement (no longer than 2 pages, single spaced) that includes the following:
    • Current career level (e.g., fifth-year graduate student, first-year postdoctoral fellow) and area(s) of research interest.
    • If you are currently a graduate student, please include your most recent transcript and a letter from your advisor indicating your expected graduation date.
    • Immediate and long-term career goals
    • Description of how you will contribute to the diversity of the cancer workforce
    • Any additional information that you feel is relevant for reviewers to know
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): please include your academic history, research and career experience as well as any teaching, leadership, and community service experience
  • Three References: please provide the names, titles, institutions, addresses, and email and phone contact information

To be considered for a Fall 2018 placement, you must submit all materials by March 31, 2018.

Additional Information
If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact

For more information about iCURE visit:
For more information about CCR visit:
For more information about DCEG visit: