EGRP News Flash - August 3, 2011

Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program Advertises for Program Directors

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) anticipates openings in 2011 for Program Directors in the Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program's (EGRP) Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch (CTEB), Host Susceptibility Factors Branch (HSFB), and the Office of the Associate Director (OAD).

CTEB's mission is to plan, develop, direct, and coordinate research related to etiologic and genomic factors that influence cancer progression, recurrence, survival, and other treatment outcomes, such as adverse events, and factors associated with cancer development among individuals with underlying diseases and conditions. Learn more about the CTEB.

The HSFB plans, develops, directs, coordinates, and evaluates a comprehensive program of epidemiologic research in cancer etiology focusing on host factors to reduce cancer risk in humans. The primary focus of the Branch is to support the identification of genomic factors that influence cancer risk. The Branch is further interested in how host factors interact with the environment to influence cancer risk, as well as how such factors might contribute to cancer health disparities.

The Knowledge Synthesis Team is part of a new Knowledge Management Unit in EGRP's OAD. The Knowledge Management Unit is designed to systematically manage the accumulating knowledge base and tools for cancer epidemiology and genomics to accelerate research, evidence-based recommendations, and translation into prevention and clinical practice. The Knowledge Synthesis Team will accomplish this by conducting systematic scientific literature reviews, synthesizing knowledge, creating and maintaining online information and databases, such as the Cancer Genomic Evidence-based Medicine Knowledge Base (CancerGEM KB), and convening stakeholder meetings and workshops. Learn more about the OAD.

These positions offer:

  • Opportunities to develop initiatives on the cutting edge of cancer epidemiology,
  • Responsibility for a diverse portfolio of grant-supported research,
  • Opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration,
  • Research opportunities, and
  • A scientifically energizing and collegial environment.

NCI is the primary Federal agency responsible for cancer research and is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). EGRP is the largest funder of cancer epidemiology grants nationally and worldwide, supporting about 500 grants and numerous cooperative agreements annually. Its offices are located in Rockville, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC. Learn more about EGRP.


  • Relevant doctoral or medical degree
  • Formal training in epidemiology
  • Experience and expertise in genetic, clinical, or translational epidemiology, and
  • Strong interest in developing and managing research initiatives for the extramural community (predominantly university-based) that will move forward our understanding of the factors that contribute to cancer development, progression, and survival.

These positions are likely to be advertised at the GS 13/14 level, for which the pay range is $89,033 to $136, 771 per year. U.S. citizenship is required. The announcement will be advertised on the USAJOBS Web siteExternal Web Site Policy as Health Scientist Administrator. To be considered, candidates must formally apply through the USAJOBS Web site. The USAJOBS advertisement will also include contact information in case candidates have specific questions regarding these positions.

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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