Visiting Scholars Program


The Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) provides a unique opportunity for scientists to collaborate with the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR), the only federal national laboratory in the United States devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Visiting Scholars are established scientists with specific expertise in an area of need at the FNLCR, and who collaborate with an FNLCR sponsor investigator to develop and execute a research proposal and project aligned with their own research interests and consistent with the mission of the National Cancer Institute. Visiting Scholars are usually in residence at the FNLCR for 6 – 12 months and are chosen in a competitive, peer-review process. Funding is available.

We are currently seeking Visiting Scholars with specific expertise in the areas listed below. We ask that prospective Visiting Scholars send a CV and a one-page description of career research objectives and how your expertise specifically aligns with at least one of the topic areas that follow. Prospective applicants will be paired with an internal sponsor scientist as available to develop a collaborative project proposal and application package, and in whose laboratory the project will be completed. If the applicant has a project in mind that has already been discussed with an FNLCR collaborator, which is encouraged when possible, please also provide this information.  

Desired Expertise Areas:

  • Computational scientists: machine learning, deep learning, imaging processing, or molecular database development
  • Multi-disciplinary (computing/data and oncology/biology/chemistry) scientists: molecular dynamics, drug development, or multi-scale biological modeling
  • Data scientists: large scale experimental design, large scale data analysis, predictive model development, prescriptive model evaluation, multi-modality data integration, or feature extraction/data reduction
  • High performance computing application developers: scaling applications through graphics processing units programming or C/C++
  • Scientists trained on uncertainty quantification
  • Scientists with experience developing and sharing methods and standards for data-driven analytic and predictive models, specifically for biological data representations
  • Scientists with experience developing methods around use of wearable medical devices data
  • Scientists with experience developing knowledge systems to combine predictive simulations with actual patient responses

For questions about the Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) please contact:

Sanya Fanous Whitaker, Ph.D.

Senior Manager, Partnership Alliances
(301) 846-6058