Staff Scientist, Investigative Veterinary Pathologist Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics, NCI-CCR

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Location: Bethesda, MD

The National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research has an opening for a veterinary pathologist in the Molecular Pathology Unit, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics.  The Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics is a research laboratory within the National Cancer Institute Intramural Research Program.  This position combines many exciting aspects of an academic appointment, with its focus on research, training and education, within the resource intensive environment of the nation'€™s medical research agency. The Staff Scientist, working under the direction of a senior scientist within the laboratory, will have responsibilities for (including but not limited to):

  • Contributing to development and application of molecular diagnostics and digital pathology 
  • Research investigations and animal model validation
  • Training in comparative and molecular pathology for veterinarians in the Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program, an NCI-administered NIH Graduate Partnership Program
  • Interactions among physician and veterinary pathologists and among investigators to improve extrapolations from animal models to human diseases.

The Staff Scientist will conduct and support research, instruct others in collaborative research, develop and apply molecular diagnostics, and perform other experimental pathology laboratory investigations. He/she will design and execute in-life studies and analyze disease mechanisms in animal models of human disease. His/Her research will support the development of methods and basic discoveries while fostering research translation from preclinical models to clinical applications. The staff scientist will possess, and shall continually enhance, professional capabilities and reputation commensurate with those of modern pathologists. The position does not include service pathology responsibility, although opportunity for diagnostic pathology case exposure exists.  

  Educational responsibilities:  

  • Assist in the administration of our PhD-granting program: recruit, teach, mentor, and guide veterinarians, and veterinary students.
  • Participate in mentoring veterinarians for pathology board certification and a PhD.  
  • Create and utilize training materials to facilitate training. 
  • Train comparative biomedical scientists to function as investigators and interdisciplinary research team members.  

The successful candidate must have a D.V.M. degree or equivalent, formal mentored postdoctoral training in pathology and research, experience with training responsibilities, and evidence of scientific research productivity sufficient to carry out the duties and responsibilities. Candidates with a Ph.D. degree, nationally/internationally recognized board certification in veterinary pathology, and experience as an employed pathologist are strongly preferred. National board certification would be required within a maximum of twenty-four months from entry on to duty.  Exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work cohesively in a team environment are essential. Employment is through a federal Title 42 appointment mechanism. Application review will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Inquiries regarding the position are welcome and should be directed to Dr. Mark Simpson c/o John Hickerson, Program Analyst, by email or by telephone at ncimolpathol@mail.nih.gov (301) 435-6276. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of relevant background, experience and motivation for seeking the position, and provide complete names and contact information for a minimum of 3 professional references, c/o Mr. John Hickerson, Program Analyst, NIH building 37, room 2007, 9000 Rockville Pike, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892; hickersonj@mail.nih.gov. DHHS, NIH, and NCI are equal opportunity employers.

The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.