Cancer Research Training (CRTA) Fellowship Positions

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Sought for Knowledge Integration

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The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), anticipates an opening for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow with an interest in knowledge integration.

This fellowship offers a rich learning experience that will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to work with teams of scientists and public health professionals at NCI, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and institutions around the country. The successful candidate will interact with scientists from a variety of research disciplines—including epidemiology, genomics, clinical sciences, and public health—and also may have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers active in these arenas, leading to potential publications.

NCI is the primary federal agency responsible for cancer research and is part of NIH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). EGRP manages a comprehensive program of grant-supported, population-based research on the determinants of cancer. Its offices are located in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.

Position Description

The Knowledge Integration (KI) team of EGRP's Office of the Associate Director (OAD) is responsible for systematically integrating the rapidly accumulating knowledge base and tools for cancer epidemiology and genomics to accelerate research by identifying scientific gaps and setting research priorities, informing and guiding evidence-based recommendations, and promoting rapid translation of scientific discoveries into prevention and clinical practice. The team accomplishes this by performing knowledge management (e.g., creating online information and databases), conducting knowledge synthesis (e.g., systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and meta-research), and engaging in knowledge translation (e.g., convening workshops and meetings of stakeholders). The team collaborates with colleagues across all branches within EGRP and NIH/NCI to conduct KI-related projects.

The KI CRTA Fellow will be responsible for evaluating research funding outcomes. This includes linking publically available databases, extracting data from scientific publications, and synthesizing data to systematically evaluate the outcomes of funding. The Fellow also will work closely with staff in EGRP.


  • Master's-level degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related field.
  • Detail-oriented individual with data analysis skills (SAS or SPSS preferred) as well as experience with complex spreadsheets.
  • Experience with scientific literature and related databases (including PubMed, Medline, and others).
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, planning, writing, and project management skills.
  • A strong interest in evaluation, public health, population-based research, and cancer control.
  • The ability to work independently and on teams.
  • Familiarity with web-based databases is a plus.
  • Informatics skills are a plus.

Application Requirements

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in epidemiology, cancer control and prevention, and public health, as well as how you see this position furthering your career goals. Please indicate your earliest start date.
  • CV or resume.
  • Contact information for two professional references.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • An official transcript for the most recent academic program of study. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted while official documents are being requested.

Stipend and Benefits

The CRTA appointment is a 1-year award, with the option to renew for an additional year. The salary starts at $34,200 for a trainee with a relevant master's degree, and could vary depending on years of relevant post-master's degree experience. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Health benefits and training opportunities are provided; some flexibility in work hours is allowed.

Start Date

April or May 2015.

Application Deadline

The position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted electronically to Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: KI CRTA 2015.


Sheri D. Schully, Ph.D.
Knowledge Integration Team Lead
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, 4E106
Bethesda, MD 20892

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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