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HIV infection, Transplantation, and Immunity

Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A postdoctoral fellowship is available within the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB) of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. Drs. Eric Engels and Meredith Shiels are seeking a postdoctoral fellow interested in the epidemiology of cancer in immunosuppressed populations.

Specific risk factors for cancer that will be a focus of research include HIV infection, solid organ transplantation, autoimmune diseases, use of immunosuppressive medications, and viral infections.

The fellow will gain experience analyzing linked registry data from NCI’s HIV/AIDS and Transplant Cancer Match Studies as well as other administrative databases. The fellow will also design and conduct studies that incorporate molecular testing of tumors and other biospecimens to address biological hypotheses related to immunity, infection, and cancer.

For more information about this position, please contact Eric Engels, M.D., M.P.H., Branch Chief and Senior Investigator or Meredith Shiels, Ph.D. Investigator; Emails: or


Candidates should possess a strong background and skill in epidemiology, particularly in relation to infectious causes of cancer; statistical analysis; and critical thinking and writing. There will be opportunities to lead pre-defined projects. In addition, new fellow-initiated projects are encouraged. The fellow will also have the ability to work with other investigators in IIB to gain experience in other areas of research.

To Apply:

See the Division Fellowship Information for an overview, qualifications, and application details.  Go to  and click on Fellowships & Training. This position is subject to a background investigation.

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