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Biological Hypotheses Related to Immunity, Infection, and Cancer

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. IIB conducts multidisciplinary epidemiologic research on the role of infections and immunity in carcinogenesis to inform efforts to reduce the burden of cancer.

Specific risk factors for cancer that are a focus of research in IIB include oncogenic infections (HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human papillomavirus [HPV], Helicobacter pylori, Plasmodium falciparum), immune-related conditions (AIDS, solid organ transplantation, autoimmune diseases), chronic inflammation, and genetic factors related to immunity. The branch also conducts clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of one-dose HPV vaccination to accelerate elimination of cervical cancer. Another major area involves application of innovative descriptive analyses of population-based data resources to confront high-impact public health questions, such as adverse cancer trends, health disparities, and the opioid and COVID-19 epidemics.

Working closely with IIB mentors, the fellow will design and conduct studies to address biological hypotheses related to immunity, infection, and cancer. Studies will utilize large databases, testing of biological specimens, and a range of analytic approaches including descriptive, registry linkage, case-control, and cohort studies. There is an opportunity to work on a range of pre-defined projects, and additional new fellow-initiated projects will be encouraged.


Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology or a related field. Candidates should have a strong background and skill in epidemiology, particularly in relation to infectious agents, immunity, or the genetics of cancer; statistical analysis; and critical thinking and writing.

To Apply:

See the Division Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details. 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.

For more information about this position, please contact Eric A. Engels, M.D. M.P.H., Chief, IIB. Learn more about the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch.


This post will be available until July 8, 2021 or until filled.

This position is subject to a background investigation.

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