Job Opportunities in Cancer Epidemiology and Genomics Research

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Opportunities to join the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program are listed below as they become available. For federal positions, EGRP will post invitations to submit letters of interest ahead of positions being listing on usajobs.gov, where all federal positions must be advertised. Individuals interested in joining EGRP, either as a federal employee or fellow, are encouraged to speak with current staff throughout the application process.

Leadership Positions

EGRP branch chiefs enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to manage and mentor engaged scientific and programmatic staff, fellows, and trainees; develop research and funding priorities to cultivate a diverse portfolio of grant-supported research; lead and participate in crossdisciplinary collaborations in public, private, and academic sectors; develop national and international scientific programming; conduct independent research, publish, and present at professional meetings; and advance the public health agenda in disease prevention and control.

Chief, Environmental Epidemiology Branch

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking an innovative leader to serve as Chief, Environmental Epidemiology Branch (EEB), within the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). EEB promotes and supports epidemiologic research on modifiable risk factors, with an emphasis on environmental exposures, and cancer in diverse populations to inform and advance the prevention and control of cancer. For more information, see https://epi.grants.cancer.gov/environmental.

Background

The Branch Chief, in partnership with the EGRP leadership team and DCCPS senior staff, provides authoritative scientific leadership and expertise in the planning, development, direction, and administration of an integrated program of the highest-quality environmental epidemiology research. The Branch Chief will supervise and/or oversee a staff of program officers (health science administrators – cancer, environmental, and nutritional epidemiologists) and trainees/fellows, and manage an extramural portfolio of grants, cooperative agreements, and collaborations with federal partners. The EEB chief develops and leads transdisciplinary, cross-agency initiatives of national and international scope focused on environmental exposures and risk in NIH-supported cancer research areas. The EEB chief will report to the Associate Director, EGRP, Dr. Kathy Helzlsouer. For organizational details, see https://epi.grants.cancer.gov/about.

Qualification Requirements

Qualified candidates should possess a doctoral degree (PhD, ScD, MD or equivalent doctoral degree) with training or experience in epidemiologic research, particularly environmental epidemiology, and have a record of oversight and/or authorship of exceptional research, and relevant supervisory experience. Candidates must meet US Office of Personnel Management educational and qualification standards for the scientific discipline directly related to the position and must furnish proof of educational (i.e., official transcripts) and other (e.g., licensure, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) qualifications.

Applicants should demonstrate experience and leadership skills in developing and managing environmental epidemiology programs, have strong fiscal responsibility, have an understanding of new trends and technologies in environmental health and cancer epidemiologic research, and evidence of the ability to collaborate within and between complex organizations. Applicants must be a US citizen or US national. Foreign nationals or legal permanent residents are not eligible for consideration.

Salary/Benefits & Location Information

The anticipated full-time position is based in Rockville, Maryland, and will be classified as a GS-15 Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator. Annual compensation for this position will be within the Title 5 General Schedule (GS) Pay Plan. The salary range for a Supervisory GS-15 within the locality pay area of Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA, ranges from $148,484 up to $176,300.

A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

At the discretion of the supervisor and NIH policy, you may be eligible for workplace flexibilities, which may be requested in accordance with NIH Workplace Flexibilities guidance: https://hr.nih.gov/working-nih/workplace-flexibilities.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae, along with contact details for three references, to Dr. Pothur Srinivas at Pothur.Srinivas@nih.gov, with the subject line “EEB Chief Position.”

DCCPS is deeply committed to building a diverse health sciences workforce that maintains, fosters, and promotes an equitable, inclusive, accessible, and nurturing work environment. Diverse teams foster scientific innovation, improve the quality of research, contribute their lived experiences to a robust learning environment, advance the likelihood that underserved, or health disparity populations participate in and benefit from health research, and enhance public trust. To that end, DCCPS is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as a highly valued member of NCI to lead EEB.

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.


Program Director Positions

These are positions for scientists to provide scientific management of cancer epidemiology grants and influence the trajectory of research in cancer epidemiology, and have significant collaboration and leadership opportunities with scientists across NIH involved in large scientific endeavors and initiatives in areas of relevance to cancer epidemiology.

Program Director Sought for EGRP - Apply by May 26, 2022

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) welcomes letters of interest from qualified individuals interested in a Program Director (Health Scientist Administrator) position to lead an innovative portfolio of population-based research in a scientifically energizing and collegial environment.

Important Note: This is an announcement of the vacancy. Applications must be submitted through usajobs.gov to be considered. EGRP will consider candidates who apply to the Health Scientist Administrator job announcements below. The announcements are open from May 16-26, 2022.

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

About EGRP

EGRP supports research in human populations to understand determinants of cancer occurrence and outcomes and translate findings to clinical and public health interventions. Learn more about EGRP’s research areas and the active grants in EGRP’s portfolio.

Position Description

Program Directors (Health Scientist Administrators) in EGRP have ample opportunities to:

  • Manage a portfolio of research conducted at academic institutions across the United States and internationally in topics such as clinical, environmental, genetic, nutritional epidemiology, and cancer survivorship;
  • Identify scientific gaps and opportunities in NCI’s research portfolio and develop novel research and funding priorities to cultivate a diverse portfolio of research;
  • Lead and participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations across NIH and in public, private, and academic sectors;
  • Develop national and international scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops); and
  • Mentor fellows.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates will have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., Dr.P.H., or equivalent) in epidemiology with expertise in cancer epidemiology or specialty areas of epidemiology as they relate to cancer research (e.g., clinical, environmental, genetic, and nutritional epidemiology). The candidate should have experience leading scientific projects, be able to work effectively with a variety of transdisciplinary groups and organizations, have experience working independently and collaboratively in scientific teams, excellent public speaking and writing abilities, and a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

Announcement Details

The anticipated full-time position is based in Rockville, Maryland, and is classified as a GS 12/13/14 on www.usajobs.gov. Excellent benefits will be provided. For more information about federal employment, see https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/. This announcement will be for a career position within the US government and requires US citizenship. This position will be subject to a background investigation. Educational qualifications verified by official transcripts and submission of a Confidential Financial Disclosure OGE Form 450 will be required.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Learn more.

For questions about the position, please contact Pothur Srinivas, Ph.D., M.P.H., Deputy Associate Director, EGRP, at pothur.srinivas@nih.gov.


Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship Positions

These fellowship positions offer a rich learning experience that afford successful candidates the opportunity to work with teams of scientists and public health professionals at the NCI, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and institutions around the country.

Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Fellowship

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), has an opening for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow in population health research focused on cancer survivorship.

This full-time fellowship opportunity is within EGRP’s Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch (CTEB), which promotes survivorship research activities that use epidemiologic methods to investigate how clinical, genomic, lifestyle, and other factors affect cancer outcomes. Outcomes of interest include cancer progression, recurrence, survival, second cancers, as well as early- and late-onset adverse health outcomes. CTEB also focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of individualized risk prediction models that identify individuals at greatest risk of treatment-related adverse health outcomes. Learn more about CTEB.

NCI is the primary federal agency responsible for cancer research and is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). EGRP manages a comprehensive program of grant-supported, population-based research on the determinants of cancer.

Position Description

This position, renewable up to two years, is based in Rockville, Maryland and offers an outstanding opportunity for an individual with a strong interest in cancer survivorship and epidemiologic methods. It will provide the successful candidate with the chance to support and contribute to scientific efforts, including research on the impact of post-diagnosis lifestyle changes, molecularly targeted therapies, disease recurrence, and treatment effects. Opportunities will include working with teams of scientists and public health professionals in a variety of research disciplines from NCI, NIH, and other institutions around the country. The trainee will work closely with CTEB staff to support current initiatives and activities, as well as help develop, coordinate, and administer future efforts in emerging areas of scientific focus for the Branch.

The trainee will work collaboratively in a support role with scientific staff in the Branch and other parts of EGRP and DCCPS on projects related to the Branch’s mission. The trainee will support the coordination and management of highly visible projects that may reach across other NCI Divisions and NIH Institutes. Duties will include, but are not limited to the following: organizing meetings, workshops, and teleconferences; preparing briefing materials, reports, and meeting summaries; performing literature searches, summarizing research findings, and analyzing grant portfolios; developing or updating content for relevant websites; and attending relevant seminars and conferences. The trainee also will be responsible for statistical analyses and scientific writing, and is expected to have knowledge of terminology relating to cancer epidemiology, cancer treatment, and cancer survivorship.

The CRTA fellow will have access to career development resources (training courses in data science, epidemiology, clinical research, grants management, etc.). Opportunities for publication authorship and presenting at conferences are expected. For more information on NIH resources available for fellows, please visit https://www.training.nih.gov/nih_resources.

Qualifications

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, pharmacology, or a related discipline.
  • A strong interest in cancer, including risk prediction, detection, treatment, and survivorship; clinical and translational epidemiology and public health; and data analysis.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature; managing and analyzing epidemiologic and other data; scientific writing; and working on scientific teams.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of terminology relating to cancer epidemiology, cancer treatment, and cancer survivorship.
  • The ability to work independently and on teams.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Stipend and Benefits

The CRTA appointment is a one year award, with the option to renew for an additional year. The starting salary is approximately $46,700 for a trainee with a relevant master's degree and $57,900 for someone with a doctoral degree, and is commensurate with experience. For more information on health insurance benefits available for CRTA fellows, visit https://faes.org/content/health-insurance-servicesExternal Web Site Policy.

Application Deadline & Start Date

The start date is negotiable. The position will remain open until filled.

Application Requirements

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in this position, as well as how you see this position furthering your career goals (include your earliest start date).
  • CV or resume (include citizenship status).
  • Contact information for two professional references, along with a brief description of the type and duration of your relationship with these individuals.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted electronically to nciEGRPjobs@mail.nih.gov. Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: CTEB CRTA 2022.

Inquiries

Audrey Wellons, MPH
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Dr., Room 4E312, Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: 240-276-6716
Email: audrey.wellons@nih.gov

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Communication Fellowship

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for a communications fellowship in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). EGRP supports research in human populations to understand determinants of cancer occurrence and outcomes and translate findings to clinical and public health interventions.

This full-time position provides an outstanding opportunity for training and professional development in communicating scientific and health-related information to a variety of audiences, including researchers, health practitioners, policy makers, and the general population.

Position Description

The fellow will join EGRP’s Communications Team in the Office of the Associate Director (OAD) and will support the communications needs of the OAD and the Program’s five branches. EGRP communicates primarily with scientific audiences focused on topics such as clinical, environmental, genetic, and nutritional epidemiology, and cancer survivorship. The fellow may also have opportunities to develop informational materials for the public related to these topics.

Day-to-day activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and conducting outreach and promotion for EGRP-supported research funding opportunities, scientific meetings, and research tools;
  • Writing and editing content to be used on EGRP’s website, in the program’s monthly newsletter, in print materials shared at scientific meetings and conferences, and in other DCCPS and NCI reports and informational materials;
  • Designing infographics, presentations, short videos, and other visual elements; and
  • Evaluating the impact of various communication activities.

Other projects are possible and are typically tailored to the fellow’s specific interests and professional development goals.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred in communications or public health-related field.
  • Some experience with health communications, science writing, or marketing.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience using graphic design and video editing software (such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro) and online graphic design tools (such as Canva) is desirable, but not required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience managing projects.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and also work well independently on self-directed projects.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Stipend and Benefits

The starting salary is approximately $40,100 for a trainee with a relevant bachelor’s degree and $46,700 for a trainee with a relevant master’s degree. The fellow will be hired through the Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) mechanism. Stipends for fellows are adjusted yearly and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience. For information on health insurance benefits available for CRTA fellows, visit https://faes.org/content/health-insurance-servicesExternal Web Site Policy.

Fellows will attend relevant scientific and communications meetings, seminars, and workshops for training and professional development purposes.  Fellows may also have the opportunity to travel to national conferences.

Application Requirements

  • One-page cover letter describing
    • your interest in this fellowship
    • your professional background
    • how you see this position furthering your career goals
    • your earliest start date
  • CV or resume, including citizenship status.
  • Contact information for two professional references, along with a brief description of the type and duration of your relationship with these individuals.
  • Three work samples (ideally a combination of short, written pieces and educational/marketing materials like brochures, event announcements, or videos).

All application materials must be submitted electronically to nciEGRPjobs@mail.nih.gov. Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: EGRP Communications Fellow 2023.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. More details are available at https://www.eeoc.gov/federal-sector/federal-employees-job-applicants.

Application Deadline

This announcement will remain active until the position has been filled.

Start Date

The ideal start date is as soon as possible, but is negotiable.

Inquiries

Audrey Wellons, MPH
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Dr., Room 4E312, Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: 240-276-6716
Email: nciEGRPjobs@mail.nih.gov

Diet, Physical Activity, and/or Sleep Assessment Fellowship

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), is recruiting a qualified candidate for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship with an interest in diet, physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep, and/or weight.

The CRTA Fellowship provides an outstanding opportunity for an individual with a strong interest in monitoring cancer-related risk factors in the population and improving methods of assessing those factors to gain experience working as an extramural scientist at the NCI. The CRTA appointment is a one-year position, with an option to renew, with the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB). Learn more about RFAB at https://epi.grants.cancer.gov/risk.

This position provides an exciting and unique opportunity to work with leaders in the field of population monitoring and assessment of cancer risk factors, particularly diet, physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep, and weight. The trainee will work at the NCI, the largest Institute of the NIH, and the leader in providing research direction and funding for cancer research nationwide. The position allows contact with a large number of scientists representing disciplines of nutrition, physical activity, sleep, obesity, epidemiology, statistics, and public health, among others.

Position Description

The trainee will function as a member of RFAB and work with the RFAB team on projects related to the Branch mission. The trainee will work collaboratively in a support role with scientific staff at the NCI and other Institutes at the NIH in the design, development, and analysis of research projects. Duties may include but are not limited to: organizing meetings and workshops; preparing reports; assisting with development and evaluation of questionnaires/other assessment tools, maintaining databases, analyzing data, and authoring publications; conducting literature searches; gathering and summarizing background information about scientific findings and health policy; analyzing grant portfolios; supporting the development of research and funding priorities; participating in Branch meetings; and attending lectures and meetings sponsored by the NIH or other agencies. It is anticipated the activities will focus primarily on the areas of diet, physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep, and weight. Experience in at least one (but not all) of these areas is preferred.

The CRTA fellow will have access to career development resources (training courses in data science, epidemiology, clinical research, grants management, etc.). Opportunities for publication, authorship, and presenting at conferences are expected. For more information on NIH resources available for fellows, please visit https://www.training.nih.gov/nih_resources.

Qualifications

  • Master’s or doctorate degree in public health, epidemiology, nutrition, exercise science, statistics, or a related field.
  • A strong interest in public health, population-based research, and cancer control.
  • Experience conducting research or serving as a research assistant on a scientific project.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, writing, and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work collaboratively on research teams and to work independently on self-directed research projects.
  • Data management skills (experience with spreadsheets and statistical software packages is desirable, e.g. EXCEL, SAS, STATA, SUDAAN, and R.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Stipend and Benefits

The starting salary is approximately $46,700 for a trainee with a relevant master's degree and $57,900 for someone with a doctoral degree. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. For more information on health insurance benefits available for CRTA fellows, visit https://faes.org/content/health-insurance-servicesExternal Web Site Policy.

Application Deadline and Start Date

Although the start date is negotiable, the earliest possible start date is summer 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

Application Requirements

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in this position, as well as how you see this position furthering your career goals. Also include your earliest start date.
  • CV or resume (include citizenship status).
  • Contact information for two professional references, along with a brief description of the type and duration of your relationship with these individuals.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted electronically to nciEGRPjobs@mail.nih.gov. Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: RFAB CRTA 2022.

Inquiries

Audrey Wellons, MPH
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Dr., Room 4E312, Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: 240-276-6716
Email: audrey.wellons@nih.gov

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Genomic Epidemiology Fellowship

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), is recruiting qualified candidates for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship focused on the genomic epidemiology of cancer.

This full-time fellowship opportunity is within EGRP’s Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB), which stimulates and supports epidemiology research in diverse populations to advance scientific knowledge on individuals’ innate susceptibility to cancer to inform prevention and control practices. Learn more about GEB.

Position Description

This position, renewable up to two years, is based in Rockville, Maryland and provides an exciting and unique opportunity to work closely with GEB staff to support current genomic epidemiology initiatives and activities. The fellow will have opportunities to help develop, coordinate, and administer future efforts in emerging areas of scientific focus for GEB.

The CRTA fellow will function as a member of the GEB team and work with GEB staff to support coordination, planning, evaluation, and analysis of various programmatic, scientific and planning activities related to GEB’s mission. Additionally, the fellow is encouraged to initiate and develop his or her own genomic epidemiology related research projects utilizing existing resources. Examples of research and programmatic areas of emphasis include research in the genetic epidemiology of cancer in human populations (considering both common and rare genetic variation), polygenic risk scores, functional genomics, metabolomics, participant engagement, and health disparities.

Day-to-day activities might include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting literature reviews;
  • Performing program assessments and grant portfolio analyses;
  • Performing secondary data analyses of existing and publicly available datasets;
  • Contributing to scientific manuscripts, meeting reports, and presentations;
  • Organizing meetings, workshops, and webinars;
  • Participating in Division, Program, and Branch meetings;
  • Developing or updating content for relevant websites;
  • Attending relevant seminars and conferences.

Qualifications

  • A strong interest in public health, population-based research, cancer control, and exploring the genetic architecture of complex diseases.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a strong background in epidemiology, statistical genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related discipline. Experience in genetic epidemiology is preferred.
  • Experience conducting research or serving as a research assistant on a scientific project, with particular experience in reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills.
  • Experience managing projects and performing analyses.
  • Data management skills and/or experience with spreadsheets.
  • Experience with GWAS, TWAS, PRS or other current genomic epidemiology technologies/analysis methods.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • The ability to work independently and on teams.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Stipend and Benefits

This position is a one-year, full-time Cancer Research Training Award fellowship with the possibility for an additional one-year renewal. The starting salary is approximately $40,100 for a trainee with a relevant bachelor’s degree and $46,700 for a trainee with a relevant master's degree. Stipends for CRTA fellows are adjusted yearly and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience. For information on health insurance benefits available for CRTA fellows, visit https://faes.org/content/health-insurance-servicesExternal Web Site Policy.

Application Deadline and Start Date

The start date is negotiable. This announcement will remain active until the position has been filled.

Application Requirements

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in this position and how you see this position furthering your career goals. Also include your earliest start date.
  • CV or resume (include citizenship status).
  • Contact information for two professional references, along with a brief description of the type and duration of your relationship with these individuals.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted electronically to nciEGRPjobs@mail.nih.gov. Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: GEB CRTA 2022.

Inquiries

Audrey Wellons, MPH
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Dr., Room 4E312, Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: 240-276-6716
Email: audrey.wellons@nih.gov

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. For more information about NCI’s commitment to diversity, see https://extramural-diversity.nih.gov/ic-pages/national-cancer-institute.

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.