EGRP News Flash - February 15, 2012

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program Seeks Health Sciences Specialist

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), is seeking a Health Sciences Specialist in its Host Susceptibility Factors Branch (HSFB). The HSFB manages a comprehensive program of grant-supported, population-based research designed to increase our understanding of cancer etiology and prevention. The Branch supports research on the determinants of cancer, including factors that influence personal susceptibility to cancer in humans, such as genetic, epigenetic, immunological, hormonal and biological pathways; ethical, social, cultural, and racial and ethnic factors; and their interactions with environmental factors.

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 Committees, 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. This individual also will be expected to identify on-going 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

This position is likely to be advertised at the GS 13/14 level, for which the 2012 pay range is $89,033 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

The position will be advertised on the USAJOBS Web siteExternal Web Site Policy as a Health Sciences Specialist. 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.

EGRP is the largest funder of cancer epidemiology grants nationally and worldwide, supporting about 400 grants and numerous cooperative agreements annually. EGRP's 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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