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Conduct Multidisciplinary Epidemiological Research on Burkitt Lymphoma Postdoctoral Fellowship

Work with Dr. Sam Mbulaiteye

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A postdoctoral fellowship is available within the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB) of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. A specific opportunity is available to work on projects related to Burkitt lymphoma (BL) in the context of the branch’s research on the Epidemiology of Burkitt Lymphoma in East African Children and Minors (EMBLEM) study. BL is a cancer associated with chronic Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) and Epstein-Bar virus (EBV) infection, and its incidence is highest in Africa, where it is the commonest childhood cancer in countries with holoendemic malaria. Under the mentorship of Sam M. Mbulaiteye, M.D., senior investigator, IIB, the fellow will lead studies to characterize associations of Pf and EBV infection, immune perturbation, and germline genetic variation with BL. The fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team, have opportunities to characterize main effect associations, and perform integrative analyses to inform the formulation of a unified model for BL etiology. The fellow will be encouraged to initiate projects within the context of EMBLEM collaborations.

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 in IIB include oncogenic infections, immune-related conditions, chronic inflammation, and genetic factors related to immunity.


Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology or related field with a strong background applying epidemiological methods in their research. An ideal candidate should have a strong focus on Pf malaria, lymphocryptoviruses, immunity, genetics, statistical analysis, or global oncology. This position is ideal for applicants with advanced skills in one of the key research areas (Pf malaria, EBV, or genetics) who are seeking an opportunity to fortify their experience towards an independent career in global healthy/oncology. 

Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents; or foreign nationals (visa requirements apply). Candidates are subject to a background investigation.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae including bibliography, and the names/contact information of three references (and any questions) to Dr. Sam Mbulaiteye. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Learn more about IIB and its research. Find more Infections and Immunoepidemiology Fellowship Opportunities.

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