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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.

 

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.

Specific risk factors for cancer that are a focus of research in IIB include oncogenic infections (HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human papillomavirus [HPV], Helicobacter pylori, Plasmodium falciparum), immune-related conditions (AIDS, solid organ transplantation, autoimmune diseases), chronic inflammation, and genetic factors related to immunity. The branch also conducts clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of one-dose HPV vaccination to accelerate elimination of cervical cancer. Another major area involves application of innovative descriptive analyses of population-based data resources to confront high-impact public health questions, such as adverse cancer trends, health disparities, and the opioid and COVID-19 epidemics.

Working closely with IIB mentors, the fellow will design and conduct studies to address biological hypotheses related to immunity, infection, and cancer. Studies will utilize large databases, testing of biological specimens, and a range of analytic approaches including descriptive, registry linkage, case-control, and cohort studies. There is an opportunity to work on a range of pre-defined projects, and additional 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