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Senior Clinician, POB Clinical Research Program Director

National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, Maryland
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Oct 24, 2023

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Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute
Center for Cancer Research
Pediatric Oncology Branch

Senior Clinician
POB Clinical Research Program Director

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR), a division of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces a call for applications for the Director of the Clinical Research Program in the Pediatric Oncology Branch (POB).

The POB is dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life of pediatric and young adult patients with cancer or genetic cancer predisposition syndromes through a bench-to-bedside and back research paradigm and by training the next generation of leaders in the field of pediatric oncology. In order to achieve these goals, the POB maintains a large and diverse clinical trials portfolio; trials range from natural history studies of rare genetic cancer predisposition syndromes to molecularly targeted therapies, and to first-in-human cell therapy studies in children with multiply relapsed hematologic malignancies and solid tumors including central nervous system (CNS) tumors with complex medical courses.

The selected candidate will oversee the clinical staff in POB’s Clinical Core, coordinate the work of Research Nurses and Pediatric Care Coordinators from the Office of the Clinical Director, coordinate clinical research efforts with clinical staff assigned to individual PIs and teams, oversee the Behavioral Health Core and the POB clinical research infrastructure, and serve as the Associate Director of the NIH Johns-Hopkins combined Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship program. While these responsibilities are already extensive, the selected candidate will also oversee the operations in the clinic as well as the care of inpatients receiving care on POB clinical trials, encompassing both intramural and extramural consultations. Importantly, the candidate will be encouraged to pursue independent research efforts in translational/clinical research.

The CCR is an intramural research component of the NCI located in Bethesda, Maryland. CCR’s enabling infrastructure facilitates clinical studies at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research; it provides extensive opportunities for collaboration and allows scientists and clinicians to undertake high-impact laboratory- and clinic-based investigations. Our research teams conduct over 300 clinical research trials with >50 new trials, enrolling 1,300 new patients, opening annually. Clinical investigators are supported by a wide array of supportive clinical resources including data management, research nursing, patient care coordination, education, protocol development support, patient referral and outreach, and technology transfer collaborations with industry. The CCR is fully committed to and is taking actionable steps to create a fully equitable work environment, build a diverse cancer research workforce, expand health disparities research, and improve patient representation in clinical trials. Our scientists enjoy complete intellectual freedom and are expected to creatively and innovatively explore the most important questions in the field of cancer research and treatment. We support projects over a long-time horizon allowing our investigators to pursue some of the most difficult, high-risk problems in the field. For an overview of CCR, please visit

Applicants must hold an M.D., D.O., or equivalent degree, and be board certified or board-eligible in pediatric oncology and have substantial patient care, research, managerial, and mentoring experience. Broad clinical expertise in pediatric hematology and oncology including hematologic malignancies, solid tumors, and CNS tumors as well as experience in the design and conduct of investigational clinical trials targeting pediatric and young adult malignancies and genetic tumor predisposition syndromes are required. An understanding of preclinical and translational aspects of pediatric cancer research including drug development and pharmacology are also desired. Finally, the ability to build and coordinate team and collaborative efforts will be critical.

Candidates may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or possess (or be eligible for) an appropriate work visa and must have successfully completed subspecialty training at a U.S. accredited institution.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A full federal benefits package is available, including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, annual and sick leave, and the Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit:

  • A letter of interest in the position, including a career synopsis addressing your qualifications for the position and experience in patient care, research, supervision, and mentoring.
  • A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography
  • A diversity statement describing your track record of and commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research and/or medicine, including, but not limited to, the understanding of and impacting issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity, successful recruitment and/or mentorship of individuals from historically underrepresented groups, demonstrated sustained efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and plans for addressing diversity and inclusion in the future. (500-word limit)

Applications must be submitted to: Initial review of applications will begin on or about 9/11/2023, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications will be treated as confidential. For more information, contact Patrick Miller, Faculty Recruitment Coordinator at

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

This position is subject to a background investigation.

The NCI and the CCR are deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity and inclusion and encourages applications from qualified women, under-represented groups, and individuals with disabilities.

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers


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