Physician-Scientist Early Investigator Program (PEIP)

Bethesda, Maryland
Competitive Salary and Benefits
Dec 16, 2020
Jan 17, 2021

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR), a division of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), announces a call for applications for the Physician-Scientist Early Investigator Program (PEIP), an exciting advanced training opportunity intended for early career physicians dedicated to laboratory bench-to-bedside or clinic-based research.  NCI’s largest intramural program located in Bethesda, Maryland offers an unparalleled opportunity to build an independent clinical research program with access to plentiful beds at the world’s largest dedicated research hospital and an extensive clinical infrastructure including protocol and regulatory support, nursing, data management, information technology, shared research resources, and availability of a broad range of scientific and clinical expertise.

Come join a vibrant, multidisciplinary research community featuring flexible funding that supports innovative, high-impact bench-to-bedside research. The PEIP assists board-eligible/board-certified translational researchers in transitioning from a mentored position to that of an independent investigator in research, in academia, or comparable positions in government and industry. Potential areas of interest include medical oncology, pediatric hematology oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, neuro-oncology, urology, myeloid malignancies, and epidemiology and genetics. Program objectives are to: develop competence and skills in study design, protocol development and patient-oriented research; acquire knowledge related to the ethical and regulatory issues of conducting clinical research involving human subjects; gain direct experience with the collection and management of research data; and, learn about function, development, organization and leadership of a multidisciplinary clinical research team.

Who We Are

The CCR is nationally recognized as a premier research training organization.  CCR comprises nearly 250 teams conducting basic, translational, and clinical research in the NCI intramural program—an environment supporting innovative science aimed at improving human health. CCR’s clinical program is housed at the NIH Clinical Center—the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research. For more information about CCR and its programs, visit   We are creating the cancer medicines of tomorrow.

About the Program

Selectees will be assigned dedicated space, provided with an independent budget including travel and training funds, and given access to an extensive infrastructure including research nursing, data-management support, animal facilities, core services and advanced technologies such as imaging/microscopy, protein chemistry and purification, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, genomics and transgenic and knockout mice. An attractive Federal Government employee benefits package includes health and life insurance coverage, a retirement savings program, and relocation expenses. Student loan repayment is possible through the NIH.  Program participants must develop a research proposal within the first six months in collaboration with a mentor and complete courses focused on leadership/management skills and writing cancer grant applications. Research progress will be reviewed on an annual basis.


Candidates must be U.S. citizens and must have successfully completed subspecialty training at a U.S. accredited institution in an appropriate field.

A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States.  Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the  Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

Applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

How to Apply

Apply online at  Applications will only be accepted in a 10-day window beginning January 4, 2021 through January 13, 2021.   For this announcement, you must apply through the USAJobs website during this open period.   Questions may be directed to:

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers