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.

There are currently no openings for leadership positions in EGRP.


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 Officer Sought for Risk Factor Assessment Branch

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) within the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences welcomes letters of interest from scientists to serve as a Program Officer in its Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB).

About RFAB

One of EGRP’s five branches, RFAB focuses on (1) the development, evaluation, and dissemination of high-quality risk factor metrics, methods, tools, technologies, and resources for use across the cancer research continuum, and (2) the assessment of cancer-related risk factors in the population.

RFAB's mission is to support planning, developing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating a comprehensive program of research aimed at:

  • Developing and validating tools for measuring the full complexity of a range of cancer-related risk factors across the lifespan, sociocultural subgroups, and socioecological contexts. Examples of risk factors include, but are not limited to: diet, physical activity, and weight management.
  • Overseeing methods used to examine distributions and determinants of cancer-related risk factors in the general population and among subgroups, to assist in informing clinical and public policies that address these factors.
  • Synthesizing and disseminating findings from the research supported by RFAB to the public, health care professionals, scientists engaged in cancer control, and the public health community.

RFAB advances research in risk factor assessment through a portfolio of grants related to risk factor assessment and obesity policy research, as well as collaborative scientific activities within the division, across NCI/NIH, throughout the federal government, and with key stakeholders at partner organizations. RFAB also develops, supports, maintains, evaluates, and updates numerous tools for the broad scientific community related to the assessment and evaluation of diet, obesity, and physical activity.

Position Description

The Program Officer will collaborate with a group of epidemiologists, nutritionists, physical activity scientists, pre- and postdoctoral fellows, and administrative staff to develop and support innovative research initiatives, tools, and collaborations for broad scientific areas, such as diet assessment, physical activity assessment, dietary patterns, diet and physical activity measures and methods, measurement error, nutritional biomarkers, and obesity policy.

Interested candidates are welcome to explore EGRP’s online staff directory and contact any of our staff members to learn more about RFAB.

EGRP Program Officers 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 cross-disciplinary collaborations in public, private, and academic sectors;
  • Develop national and international scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops);
  • Conduct independent research, publish, and present at professional meetings; and
  • Inform documents and reports to advance the public health agenda in disease prevention and control.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates should possess a Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree; have a record of oversight and/or authorship of exceptional publications, and have a proven track record in epidemiology, surveillance, and/or measurement research related to diet, obesity, or physical activity research.

Announcement Details

The anticipated full-time position is based in Rockville, Maryland; 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 with the U.S. government; U.S. citizenship is required for this position. The 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. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. The Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and National Cancer Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and CV to NCIEpiCommunications@mail.nih.gov. Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: RFAB PD 2020.

Inquiries

Any questions about this application announcement can be sent via e-mail to NCIEpiCommunications@mail.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.

Fellow Sought for Diet, Weight, and/or Physical Activity Assessment

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 with an interest in diet, weight, and/or physical activity.

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/diet-physical-activity/.

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, weight, and physical activity. 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, epidemiology, statistics, and public health, among others.

Position Description

The trainee will function as a member of RFAB and work with RFAB staff 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. Day-to-day activities might include preparing reports; assisting with development and evaluation of questionnaires/other assessment tools, maintenance of databases, analyzing data, and authoring publications; conducting literature searches; gathering and summarizing background information about scientific findings and health policy; participating in Branch meetings; and attending lectures and meetings sponsored by the NIH or other agencies. The trainee will be supervised by Jill Reedy, PhD, Chief, RFAB. It is anticipated the activities will focus primarily on the areas of diet, weight, and/or physical activity.

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 independently in conducting self-directed research projects and on research teams.
  • Data management skills (experience with spreadsheets and statistical software packages is desirable).
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Stipend and Benefits

The starting salary is approximately $42,600 for a trainee with a relevant master’s degree and $53,300 for someone with a doctorate degree. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Health benefits are provided.

Application Deadline and Start Date

Although the start date is negotiable, the earliest possible start date is summer 2020. 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.
  • 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 2020.

Inquiries

Audrey Wellons, M.P.H.
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E312, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)
240-276-6716
audrey.wellons@nih.gov

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.