Letters of Interest Welcomed for Risk Factor Assessment Branch Chief Position

April 2019

Submitting Letters of Interest

Please submit your letter of interest and CV by April 30, 2019 to NCIEpiCommunications@mail.nih.gov.

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 senior scientists to serve as Chief of the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB).

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a pre-announcement of the vacancy. A formal position announcement will be posted on www.usajobs.gov and applications must be submitted through that website to be considered. Please check that website regularly for updated postings, as positions are often only open for 5 - 10 days.

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 formulate the distributions and determinants of cancer-related risk factors in the general population and among subgroups, to assist in formulating 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 Branch Chief will lead 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.

The RFAB Branch Chief will work collaboratively with EGRP’s  Associate Director and the rest of the program’s leadership team to spearhead new initiatives and collaborations.
Interested candidates are welcome to explore EGRP’s online staff directory and contact any of our staff members to learn more about RFAB.

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 (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.


Qualified candidates should possess a PhD, ScD, MD, 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, and will likely be classified as a GS-15 Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator on https://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 with the US government and will require the applicant be a US citizen. 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.


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

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