EGRP News Flash - February 3, 2010

NIH Seeks Associate Director for Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program

NCI seeks a senior scientist to serve as an Associate Director in DCCPS. The Division provides national scientific leadership and oversight of NCI-funded research in the areas of epidemiology, surveillance, health services, survivorship, and behavioral science. DCCPS also is committed to addressing health disparities through transdisciplinary research.

The Associate Director will lead EGRP, which manages a comprehensive program of grant-supported, population-based research to increase understanding of cancer etiology and prevention. It is the largest funder of etiologic cancer epidemiology grants nationally and worldwide, supporting about 400 research grants and numerous interagency agreements and consortia annually. EGRP’s grants, contracts, interagency agreements, and operating budgets totaled more than $197 million in Fiscal Year 2008.

This position offers the qualified candidate opportunities to make a national and international impact and develop transdisciplinary collaborations and initiatives on the cutting edge of cancer epidemiology and genetics, while working in a scientifically energizing and collegial environment.

The Associate Director will:

  • Lead EGRP, which includes its Office of the Associate Director and four branches – Clinical and Translational Epidemiology, Host Susceptibility Factors, Methods and Technologies, and Modifiable Risk Factors;
  • Provide scientific and administrative leadership for EGRP;
  • Develop and facilitate collaborations with funders of other types of population science, including NIH Institutes and Centers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many non-governmental organizations; and
  • Represent NCI to a wide variety of professional, academic, and advocacy organizations.

This challenging and highly visible position requires broad scientific expertise, a passion for public service, commitment to collaboration, and an ability to develop effective strategies to identify gaps in research and overcome barriers to scientific progress. Exploiting scientific opportunities requires visionary leadership and sound scientific judgment to ensure the greatest payoff from NCI’s investments. Therefore, a broad perspective on cancer epidemiology and other population sciences that informs development of creative and cost-effective strategies to advance cancer control science is essential.

The successful applicant will be an experienced epidemiologist (M.D.- or Ph.D.-level training required) with leadership experience, excellent communication skills, and a strong record of peer-reviewed publications. Strong leadership skills, an ability to work effectively across disciplinary boundaries, and a commitment to the highest standards of scientific integrity and quality are required. Experience in managing complex research projects, scientific staff, training programs, interdisciplinary collaborations, and/or funded programs is highly valued. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

This position is an excepted service position (Title 42), with a salary range of $160,000–$195,000. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Submit a letter of interest and CV to the Search Committee Chair:

Rachel Ballard-Barbash, M.D., M.P.H.
Applied Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard, EPN 4005
Bethesda, MD 20892-7344
Rockville, MD 20852 (Express Mail)

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