EGRP News Flash - December 20, 2012

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Sought for Establishing a Database of Molecular Analysis Methods for Cancer Epidemiology

A Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship position is available in the Methods and Technologies Branch (MTB), Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). This position is intended for individuals interested in describing molecular analysis methods for cancer epidemiology and developing a database of these methods for a web-based digital encyclopedia. Candidates with knowledge of biomolecular analysis, molecular biology, genomics, public health or related fields who also have experience writing standard operating procedures and protocols are encouraged to apply. Strong writing skills are required for this position.

The focus of MTB's is advancing cancer research through support of innovative and emerging technologies for molecular analysis, and cutting-edge methods for data collection, analysis and interpretation to predict cancer risk, assess prognosis and survival. The overall mission of the MTB is to plan, develop, direct, coordinate, and evaluate a comprehensive program of extramural research on methods that address challenges faced by cancer epidemiology in large-scale population studies. Additionally, MTB is actively involved in disseminating information about methods and technologies to the research community engaged in cancer control and public health. NCI is the primary federal agency responsible for cancer research and is part of the 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 collect information about molecular analysis methods and technologies used in cancer epidemiology, identify robust validated methods, describe the methodology including pros and cons of the methodology, develop a database of the methods and technologies, and help establish an updatable digital encyclopedia of the molecular analysis methods for dissemination of these methods/technologies to the research community. The successful candidate is required to focus on the above project, however, he/she is encouraged to become actively engaged in the rich and vibrant NIH scientific community to enrich his/her learning experience.


  • Research, collect and describe molecular analysis methods/technologies that address challenges in cancer epidemiology, population science and public health;
  • Develop a database of the methods/technologies; and
  • Help establish an updatable web-based digital encyclopedia of the molecular analysis methods/technologies, and publish reports and manuscripts.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's level degree in cancer biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, epidemiology, public health and/or related field;
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, summarizing scientific literature, writing concise documents describing methods for biomolecular analysis and other aspects of cancer epidemiology;
  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to work independently and in teams; and
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Application Requirements:

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in molecular epidemiology, establishing digital encyclopedia of the molecular analysis methods, as well as how you see this position furthering your career goals (include your earliest start date);
  • CV or resume; and
  • Contact information for three professional references, along with brief description of type and duration of relationship.

Stipend and Benefits:

The CRTA appointment is a one year award, with an option to renew for an additional year. The salary starts at $33,900 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 February 2013, 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: MTB CRTA 2013.


Mukesh Verma, Ph.D.
Chief, Methods and Technologies Branch
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
6130 Executive Blvd., Room 5100
Bethesda, MD 20892-7324
Rockville, MD 20852 (express mail)
Phone: (301) 594-7344

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

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