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Central Nervous System (CNS) Metastasis of Breast Cancer

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A postdoctoral position is available in the Women’s Malignancies Branch in the laboratory of Patricia S. Steeg, Ph.D. The laboratory focuses on molecular and cellular aspects of breast cancer metastasis, and translation of experimental data to the clinic. The research project will center on leptomeningeal metastases of breast cancer, including the development of leptomeningeal-tropic model systems, molecular characterization of the lesions, characterization of the immune response to leptomeningeal metastases, and preclinical prevention and treatment strategies. The position is funded by a Department of Defense Breakthrough grant.


Candidates must be within one year of obtaining a terminal degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) at the beginning of this Postdoctoral Fellowship. Alternatively, a Ph.D. candidate who has finished all requirements for their degree is allowed. A publication record showing a progression of thought and experimentation is required. At least one first authorship publication (in press or published) is mandatory. Good writing and presentation skills are needed. Experience with mouse metastasis assays, molecular techniques and brain/CNS biology will be prioritized. The successful applicant will be a self-motivated, thoughtful,  productive individual with an excellent understanding of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and translational research. Ability to work individually and within a team needed.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of research background and interest, and names and contact information for three references to:

Patricia S. Steeg, Ph.D.
Deputy Chief, Women’s Malignancies Branch
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
Building 37, Room 1126
Bethesda, MD 20892

This position is subject to a background investigation. DHHS, NIH and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.