Physician in the Clinical Investigations Branch (CIB)

NIH/NCI - Center for Cancer Research
Rockville, Maryland
Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
Closing date
Mar 5, 2024

Job Details

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD)

Position Description:
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is recruiting for a Physician in the Clinical Investigations Branch (CIB) to implement and oversee a pediatric cancer clinical trials portfolio, focusing on the incorporation of new molecular characterization and novel therapeutic strategies into clinical trials for children and adolescents with cancer. The CIB is part of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD), which is an extramural division of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is a full-time government position in Rockville, Maryland with opportunities for teleworking. The NCI sponsors and funds a broad range of clinical trials for children, adolescents, and adults with cancer through a variety of clinical trials groups and consortia. Through these programs, the NCI works collaboratively with clinical investigators in NCI-funded clinical trial networks, often in collaboration with pharmaceutical industry partners, to optimize the development of cancer treatments in the public interest, and to increase understanding of the cancers being studied. The CIB is responsible for the scientific coordination and oversight of the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network Program (NCTN), which includes the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). The CIB facilitates and supports clinical research, including surgical and radiation therapy, as well as chemo-, biologic- and immuno-therapies in the treatment of cancer. In addition to COG, childhood cancer programs under the purview of CIB include the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC), the Pediatric Early Phase Clinical Trials Network (PEP-CTN), the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) and the Pediatric Preclinical in Vivo Testing (PIVOT) program.

The CIB pediatric oncology physician will provide oversight for a clinical research portfolio for selected childhood cancers and, more generally, will support projects and programs directed at the optimal prioritization of novel agents and new treatment approaches for evaluation in children with cancer and for then overseeing implementation of the resulting clinical trials. The prioritization process in which the candidate will participate includes internal CTEP review meetings, as well reviews conducted by the Disease Steering Committees (SC) relevant for childhood cancers (i.e., the Pediatric Leukemia Lymphoma SC, the Pediatric and Adolescent Solid Tumor SC, and the Brain Malignancy SC). The CIB pediatric oncology physician will also serve as a scientific liaison for pediatric cancer research to CTEP grantees (e.g., COG Disease Committees) and for other organizations with which CTEP interacts to accomplish its pediatric cancer research mission (e.g., pharmaceutical companies, patient advocacy organizations, and regulatory agencies). In addition, the candidate may coordinate and participate in NCI-supported trans-Division scientific initiatives such as the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, the Pediatric Immunotherapy Network, the Targeting Fusion Oncoproteins in Childhood Cancers (TFCC) Network, and others.

Additional details of the CIB can be accessed at:

The individual must be a US citizen with an active medical license, and have a clinical background with board certification in pediatric hematology/oncology. Experience of the biology and genomics of childhood cancers, clinical trial design, and the development of novel therapies in the pediatric oncology setting is required.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Malcolm Smith ( or Dr. Nita Seibel ( with questions regarding this position.

The NIH and NCI are dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers


The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is the largest division of the NCI intramural research program and comprises nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses outside of Washington, DC.

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