EGRP News Flash - April 20, 2012

Bioethicist Sought for Position Focused on Data Access and Data Sharing

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), is seeking a bioethicist in its Host Susceptibility Factors Branch (HSFB).

This position offers:

  • Opportunities to develop and implement initiatives and policies on the cutting edge of bioethics,
  • Responsibility for developing a bioethics research portfolio,
  • Opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration,
  • Research opportunities, and
  • A scientifically energizing and collegial environment.

The successful candidate will serve as a technical and scientific expert in the area of bioethics as it relates to human subjects research in general and specifically to the ethical use of large-scale genomic data. This individual also will lead NCI's efforts to implement the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Policy for Sharing of Data Obtained in NIH Supported or Conducted Genome-Wide Association StudiesExternal Web Site Policy (GWAS).

Additionally, the successful candidate will help support the NCI Data Access Committee, as well as have significant collaboration and leadership opportunities with scientists across NCI and NIH who are engaged in developing procedures and policies related to ethical and appropriate sharing and use of large-scale genomic data. Also, this individual will be expected to identify ongoing implementation needs, develop resources for the scientific community, and identify research gaps and scientific opportunities related to ethical use of large-scale genomic data and the development of initiatives to address these gaps and opportunities.

Salary Range:

EGRP has one position available; however, it is advertised separately at the GS 13 and 14 levels. The 2012 pay range for a GS 13 is $89,033 to $115,742 per year, and the 2012 pay range for a GS 14 is $105,211 to $136,771 per year.


U.S. citizenship is required. Other qualifications include a relevant doctoral degree, formal training in bioethics as it relates to human subjects research in general and specifically to the ethical use of large-scale genomic data, and ideally experience and expertise in cancer genetic epidemiology. Experience in administering grant programs is an asset but not required.

Application Instructions:

Interested individuals may now apply for this position posted on the USAJOBS Web siteExternal Web Site Policy and are encouraged to submit applications for both GS levels.

Access the complete announcements and application materials by inserting in the keyword search box the following announcement numbers: NIH-NCI-DE-12-628373 for GS 13 (Health Specialist) and NIH-NCI-DE-12-627566 for GS 14 (Health Sciences Specialist). To be considered, candidates must formally apply through the USAJOBS site.

The deadline for applications is April 29, 2012.

EGRP is the largest funder of cancer epidemiology grants nationally and worldwide, supporting about 400 grants and numerous cooperative agreements annually. Its offices are located in Rockville, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

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).

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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