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Infections and Immunoepidemiology Training Opportunities with Specific Investigators

Etiology of HPV-driven Cancers ‒ Postdoctoral Fellowship

A postdoctoral fellowship is available within the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB) of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. Dr. Aimée Kreimer is seeking an applicant with training in epidemiology to study HPV-driven cancers. Projects may include evaluation of the performance of prophylactic HPV vaccines, with a particular focus on single-dose efficacy; understanding the impact of cervical cancer screening in HPV-vaccinated populations; natural history of HPV infections at multiple anatomic sites; and HPV 16 serologic biomarkers for risk stratification for HPV-driven cancers, particularly oropharyngeal cancers.

The successful candidate will address hypotheses related to HPV infection, immunity and cancer, as well as cancer prevention. The fellow will work on a range of pre-defined projects, analyzing existing data, as well as planning and implementing fellow-initiated projects, involving design and conduct of new studies. The fellow will be mentored to achieve their goals, progressing to greater independence during the fellowship.

Qualifications: Individuals must either hold, or expect to attain soon, a doctorate degree in epidemiology or a related field. 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: See the Division Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details.

For more information, contact Dr. Aimée Kreimer, senior investigator, Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch.

Etiology of Burkitt Lymphoma or Cancer in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients ‒ Postdoctoral Fellowship

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 one of 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 the 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, M.D. M.P.H., Chief, IIB. Learn more about the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch.

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.

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers and dedicated to building a diverse community in their training and employment programs.