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Director - Center for Cancer Bioengineering

Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
Frederick, Maryland
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Jan 14, 2023

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological, Engineering
Work Function
Management-General, Research-Basic
Job Type
Full time

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking an outstanding, internationally recognized, and visionary scientist to build and lead a new Center for Cancer Bioengineering (CCBE) in the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR). This position is a key component of a major initiative to establish a world-class bioengineering community dedicated to cancer in the Intramural Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The position is equivalent to a tenured academic department chair.

The successful candidate will provide scientific and administrative leadership to build a new research center that develops and applies engineering principles to address critical problems in the detection, diagnosis, biology, and treatment of cancer. Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, development of biomaterials, 3D cell and tissue engineering, immunomodulation, synthetic biology, nanoparticles, microfluidics and drug delivery.

The inaugural director of the CCBE will define overall scientific strategy and direction of the center through recruitment of junior and senior faculty. The center will be a centerpiece of a growing community of engineers at the NIH, particularly at the NCI, the NIH Clinical Center and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The center director will have the opportunity to build engineering infrastructure within newly renovated space on our Frederick, MD campus that complements the extensive chemical, structural, imaging, biological and clinical state-of-art technologies that exist within the CCR. The successful applicant will also oversee mentoring and training activities and is responsible for ensuring an inclusive, diverse, collaborative, and healthy work environment. You will be asked to submit a statement with your application that describes specific descriptions of activities including teaching and mentoring, participation on committees or workshops addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues, and recruitment efforts aimed at DEI.

In addition to directing the CCBE, the director will also be appointed as a tenured NIH Senior Investigator and will lead their own individual world-class research program, supported by generous stable resources, including access to a wide range of NCI technology platforms and interdisciplinary collaborations within NCI, as well as at NIH and its Clinical Center.

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biomedical research, ranging from basic to translational and clinical. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside, where clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research. For an overview of CCR, please visit

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D., M.D/Ph.D or equivalent, an established record in bioengineering, demonstrated leadership ability, proven effectiveness in mentoring and must meet the criteria for NIH tenure. This position is located at the Frederick, MD campus.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. A full civil service package of benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, and retirement) is available. Candidates may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or eligible for a visa that will enable work in the United States. This position is subject to a background investigation.

Interested candidates should submit the following materials:

  • Letter of interest, including a career synopsis (maximum 2 pages)
  • Vision statement for developing a new Center of Bioengineering with the CCR (maximum 2 pages)
  • Statement of research interests (maximum 3 pages)
  • Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) involvement (maximum 2 pages)
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV) and complete bibliography.

For more information, contact CCR’s Faculty Recruitment Coordinator at
Applications should be submitted electronically to and will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2023.

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