Principal Investigator, Scientist (NCI)

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The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.


The AIDS and Cancer Virus Program (ACVP) is an integrated, multidisciplinary program within the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research that pursues basic, applied and translational studies aimed at improving our understanding of AIDS-associated viruses and disease, including studies intended to facilitate the improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS, and AIDS related tumors, particularly those associated with other viruses such as KSHV. ACVP consists of independent but highly interactive Research Sections headed by Principal Investigators, whose work spans from fundamental molecular virology through in vitro studies, to in vivo studies in non-human primate (NHP) models, support of clinical research and international viral epidemiology.  The ACVP also has eight Research Support Core Groups (Cores) that provide critical and often unique technical support capabilities to ACVP laboratories and other laboratories within the NCI and NIH, and to extramural investigators.



The ACVP is seeking an outstanding, innovative, highly motivated, collaborative scientist to join the program as a Principal Investigator.  Candidates at all levels with a demonstrated record of independent research productivity will be considered.  The successful candidate will join four other Principal Investigators within the ACVP.

In this role, with dedicated funding support, you will have the opportunity to:

Pursue an independent investigator initiated research program in an area relevant to the mission of the ACVP and FNLCR, focusing on viral and/or host aspects of infection with AIDS viruses and/or cancer associated viruses, and work collaboratively with other ACVP investigators. 

Apply innovative state-of-the-art expertise in a relevant technical discipline to your own independent research and in collaborative studies aligned with the mission of the ACVP, taking responsibility for conception, organization, direction/execution of projects, along with presentation of the work at high profile scientific meetings and eventual publication. 

Present and defend research work to a committee of subject matter experts at quadrennial Site Visit Reviews.

This position will be available Fall 2017



To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of a PhD, MD or DVM (or equivalent) from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related discipline. 
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency. 
  • Post-graduate experience, including demonstrated innovation and published independent productivity in a relevant research area
  • Innovative state-of-the-art expertise in a relevant technical discipline
  • Ability to conceive, perform and oversee original research to publication worthy milestones
  • High degree of proficiency in both verbal and written scientific communication capable of effective presentation to scientific audiences

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