Cancer Research Training (CRTA) Fellowship Positions

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Sought for Environmental Epidemiology

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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 with an interest in environmental epidemiology. This fellowship opportunity is with the Environmental Epidemiology Branch which supports broadly defined environmental research that includes exposures to physical and chemical agents; nutritional components; physical activity and energy balance; alcohol and tobacco; and infectious agents. This fellowship offers a rich learning experience that will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to work with teams of scientists and public health professionals at NCI, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and institutions around the country. The successful candidate will interact with scientists from a variety of research disciplines, including environmental epidemiology, genomics, clinical sciences, and public health; and also may have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers active in these arenas, leading to potential publications.

NCI is the primary federal agency responsible for cancer research and is part of 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 help coordinate and manage highly visible projects including EGRP-level activities for existing trans-NIH research projects and initiatives, including the opportunity to participate in developing high-priority cross-cutting scientific areas such as, but not limited to, nutrition, obesity/energy balance, microbiome; infectious agents; geospatial, contextual and multilevel determinants of cancer and health disparities; and early-life exposures and chronic diseases. The incumbent also will assist with the coordination and development of future funding opportunities for the extramural research community. Duties will include organizing meetings, workshops, and teleconferences; preparing briefing materials, reports, and meeting summaries; performing literature searches, summarizing research findings, and analyzing grant portfolios; and developing or updating content for relevant websites. Additional duties will include attending scientifically relevant seminars and conferences. In accomplishing these activities, the successful candidates will meet frequently and work closely with EGRP staff. Learn more about EGRP's Environmental Epidemiology Branch.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's level degree in epidemiology, public health, environmental health or related field.
  • A strong interest in environmental epidemiology, public health, population-based research, and cancer control. Knowledge and interest in geographic information systems (GIS) may be helpful.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature.
  • Excellent attention to detail and interpersonal, organizational, writing, and project management skills.
  • The ability to work independently and on teams.
  • Data management and analysis skills and/or experience with spreadsheets.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.

Application Requirements

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in epidemiology, environmental health, cancer control, and public health, 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 brief description of type and duration of relationship.

Stipend and Benefits

The CRTA appointment is a one year award, with option to renew for an additional year. The salary starts at $35,500 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 October 2016, 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: EEB CRTA 2016.


Allison Cook, M.E.M.
National Cancer Institute
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E220, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)
(240) 276-6687

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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