Cancer Research Training (CRTA) Fellowship Positions


Fellow Sought for Genomic Epidemiology

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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.

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 (DHHS). EGRP manages a comprehensive program of grant-supported, population-based research on the determinants of cancer. This fellowship opportunity is within EGRP’s Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB), which plans, develops, directs, coordinates, and evaluates a comprehensive program of epidemiologic research in human populations related to factors that influence personal susceptibility to cancer, such as genetic, epigenetic, metabolic, immunological, and and race/ethnic factors.

This position provides an exciting and unique opportunity to work closely with Branch staff to support current genomic epidemiology initiatives and activities, as well as help develop, coordinate, and administer future efforts in emerging areas of scientific focus for GEB. Learn more about GEB.

Position Description

The successful candidate 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 variations), polygenic risk scores, 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; and
  • Attending relevant seminars and conferences.

Qualifications

  • Master’s or doctoral degree with a strong background in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or related discipline.
  • A strong interest in public health, population-based research, cancer control, and exploring the genetic architecture of complex diseases.
  • 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

The CRTA appointment is a one-year award, with the option to renew for an additional year. The starting salary is approximately $41,200 for a trainee with a relevant master's degree and $51,500 for someone with a doctoral degree, and is commensurate with experience. Health benefits are provided.

Application Deadline and 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.
  • 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 2019.

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.


Fellow Sought for Physical Activity Assessment

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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 physical activity assessment.

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 (DHHS). EGRP manages a comprehensive program of grant-supported, population-based research on the determinants of cancer. This fellowship opportunity is within EGRP’s Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB). Learn more about RFAB.

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 physical activity. It allows contact with a large number of scientists representing disciplines of physical activity, epidemiology, statistics, and public health, among others.

Position Description

The CRTA Fellow will function as a member of RFAB and work with RFAB staff on projects related to the Branch mission. The Fellow 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 will include, but are not limited to: preparing reports; assisting with study management, 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.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a doctoral degree in public health, epidemiology, 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 CRTA appointment is a one-year award, with the option to renew for an additional year. The starting salary is approximately $50,000 for someone with a doctoral degree, and is commensurate with experience. Health benefits are provided.

Application Deadline and 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.
  • 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 2019.

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.

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