Medicine & Health

Postdoctoral Fellowship Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch

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National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
30+ days ago




Postdoctoral Fellowship
Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch

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. Risk factors for cancer that are a focus of research include oncogenic infections (HIV, Epstein-Barr virus [EBV], hepatitis B and C viruses, HPV, Helicobacter pylori, Plasmodium falciparum [Pf]), immune-related conditions, chronic inflammation, and genetic factors related to immunity.

Specific opportunities are currently available to work in two distinct areas: the etiology of Burkitt lymphoma (BL) and cancer in solid organ transplant recipients. BL is associated with chronic Pf and EBV infections, and it is the commonest childhood cancer in African countries with holoendemic malaria. Transplant recipients have elevated incidence of numerous cancers due to use of immunosuppressive medications and other factors.

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

Qualifications: 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.

For more information about this position, please contact:

Eric A. Engels, MD MPH, Branch Chief IIB



Additional information is available at (Fellowships & Training).

NIH is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 56179859
  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch
  • Company Name: National Cancer Institute
  • Journal: American Journal of Epidemiology
  • Job Sector: Other / Not Listed
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