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Etiology & Prevention of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, Lymphomas and Liver Cancer

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

Postdoctoral fellowships are available within the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB) of the National Cancer Institute to conduct molecular epidemiologic studies of infection-related cancers. IIB conducts multidisciplinary research on the role of infections and immunity in carcinogenesis to inform efforts to reduce the burden of cancer. Risk factors for cancer that are a focus of branch research include oncogenic infections (HIV, Epstein-Barr virus [EBV], hepatitis B and C viruses, human papillomavirus, Helicobacter pylori, Plasmodium falciparum [Pf]), immune-related conditions, and chronic inflammation.
Specific opportunities are currently available to conduct research on the etiology and prevention of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (caused by EBV), lymphomas (especially including Burkitt lymphoma, caused by EBV and Pf), and liver cancer (hepatitis B virus). Working closely with an IIB mentor, the fellow will design and conduct biomarker studies using case-control and cohort designs. Studies have an international focus, with settings in Africa and Asia, and incorporate molecular epidemiologic analyses including rich genomic data. Fellow-initiated projects are encouraged.


Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology, genetics, bioinformatics, 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. Experience in analyses of large complex genomic datasets, next-generation sequencing, GWAS, and/or bioinformatic methods is a plus.
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. DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers and dedicated to building a diverse community in their training and employment programs.

To Apply:

For more information about this position, please contact, Dr. Eric Engels, Branch Chief, IIB (Email:  )
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