Cancer Research Training (CRTA) Fellowship Positions

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Sought for Clinical and Translational Epidemiology

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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 clinical and translational epidemiology. 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 cancer clinical and translational epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, genomics, risk prediction, survivorship 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 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). EGRP is the largest funder of cancer epidemiology grants nationally and worldwide. 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 successful candidate will help coordinate and manage highly visible projects including Program-level activities for existing trans-NIH research projects and initiatives. The incumbent also will assist with the coordination and development of future funding opportunities for the extramural research community. Duties will include organizing meetings, workshops, and teleconferences; preparing briefing materials, reports, and meeting summaries; performing literature searches, summarizing research findings, and analyzing grant portfolios; and developing or updating content for relevant websites. Additional duties will include attending relevant seminars and conferences. In accomplishing these activities, the successful candidates will meet frequently and work closely with EGRP staff.

The Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch (CTEB) plans, develops, directs, coordinates, and evaluates a comprehensive program of epidemiologic research in human populations related to etiologic and genomic factors that influence cancer progression, recurrence, survival, and other treatment outcomes, and factors associated with cancer development among individuals with underlying diseases and conditions. View more information about CTEB. The CRTA candidate will work closely with Branch staff to support current Branch initiatives and activities, as well as help develop, coordinate, and administer future efforts in emerging areas of scientific focus for the Branch.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's level degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacology, or related field.
  • A strong interest in clinical and translational epidemiology, public health, population-based research, and cancer control. Knowledge and interest in genomics, pharmacoepidemiology, risk prediction modeling and cancer survivorship may be helpful.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature.
  • Excellent attention to detail and interpersonal, organizational, writing, and project management skills.
  • The ability to work independently and on teams.
  • Data management skills and/or experience with spreadsheets.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.

Application Requirements

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in clinical and translational epidemiology, cancer control, and public health, as well as how you see this position furthering your career goals (include your earliest start date).
  • CV or resume.
  • Contact information for two professional references, along with brief description of type and duration of relationship.

Stipend and Benefits

The CRTA appointment is a one year award, with 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.

Start Date

The earliest possible start date is spring 2015, but is negotiable.

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: CTEB CRTA 2015.


Allison Cook, M.E.M.
National Cancer Institute
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E220, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)
(240) 276-6687

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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