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Vanderbilt-Incyte Research Scholars Program

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

January 21, 2021
Now accepting applications for the Vanderbilt-Incyte Research Scholars Program (VIRSP). Applications due: February 18, 2021.

Seeking postdoctoral candidates who have received or expect to have received the PhD or MD/PhD in 2018-2021 with interest in growing post-doctoral experience in basic and translational cancer research. Opportunities to gain valuable experience in cancer biology, genomic methods, biomarker development, experimental and developmental therapeutics, and work within an academic institution with unique opportunity to interact with an industry partner.

The Vanderbilt-Incyte Research Scholars Program guarantees financial support to Research Fellows which includes a generous salary and benefits. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop independent research careers working with top academic scientists, but will also spend two weeks per year with Incyte Corporation scientific leadership, providing unique insight into industry science.  Mentorship for the VIRSP will be provided in the Savona or Hiebert laboratories which focus independently and jointly on myeloid malignancies.  The Savona lab ( broadly studies dyspoiesis, vascular biology, leukemogenesis, and experimental therapies in myeloid disease (see Ramsey et al., Cancer Discovery, 2018). The applicant will study cell autonomous and non-cell autonomous stromal contributions to hematopoiesis and bone marrow pathology in novel ex vivo systems. The Hiebert lab ( focuses on the molecular mechanisms of oncogenic transcription factors and epigenetic regulators using chemical-genetic approaches (see Stengel et al., Molecular Cell, 2021) and small molecules that target epigenetic regulators.

The VIRSP is open to candidates who have received or expect to have received a PhD or MD/PhD in 2018-2021. Applications are encouraged from candidates with research experience in animal models of inflammation, biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as a willingness to learn to new techniques.   The candidate will be expected to contribute to the preparation of manuscripts and reports, and to regularly present their findings at Vanderbilt-Incyte Alliance meetings, lab meetings, and national/international symposia.  Candidates must have a strong record of productivity, and excellent communication skills.

To apply, please complete the application survey at the Vanderbilt-Incyte Research Scholars VUMC Application Link and submit a cover letter, CV including bibliography, unofficial graduate school transcript, and contact information for three references (do not send letters of reference at this time). Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. Any questions about the position or application process can be directed to Paul Spilburg at


Must have received or expect to have received the PhD or MD/PhD in 2018-2021

·         Strong graduate school record in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and genetics and/or bioinformatics

·         Must have published or have accepted one or more high-quality peer-reviewed publications

·         Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer. The candidate must be eligible to work in the United States.