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Chief, Biostatistics Branch

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute is recruiting an accomplished, senior scientist to serve as Chief of its Biostatistics Branch (BB). DCEG scientists carry out a comprehensive program of research on the environmental and genetic causes of cancer, with a strong emphasis on molecular epidemiology. BB scientists play an integral role in the design, analysis and interpretation of DCEG studies, conduct independent statistical and computational research on methods for such studies, conduct selected epidemiologic studies, improve methods for gathering and analyzing epidemiologic, clinical and  laboratory  data, and train pre- and postdoctoral fellows and others in biostatistics and descriptive epidemiology.

The Branch Chief directs an intramural research program, provides leadership and facilitates research activities of Branch scientists, and plans and directs independent statistical and computational research. In addition to overseeing the administrative management of the Branch, responsibilities include supervising staff members, mentoring tenure-track investigators and postdoctoral fellows, and ensuring the scientific quality of the Branch research portfolio. The Chief also plays a major role in ensuring the epidemiologic and methodologic rigor of research across DCEG. BB currently has a staff of 24 scientists, including 11 tenured or tenure track independent investigators, and additional recruitments are anticipated. Resources available to BB include contract support for computer programming and for epidemiologic field studies and access to large general population and specialized occupational and environmental cohort studies as well as extensive molecular epidemiology data.

The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree in biostatistics, statistics or a related field. He or she must demonstrate knowledge of epidemiologic and statistical methods and ability to: (1) conduct high-quality original research using mathematical and biostatistical approaches; (2) publish such work in peer-reviewed scientific or medical journals and present it at scientific meetings; and (3) have evidence of national/international recognition for research contributions. The candidate must also demonstrate administrative experience, including supervision and scientific management.

The Chief, Biostatistics Branch, will be eligible for a tenured appointment at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience. Full Federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography, a brief summary of research interests and accomplishments, scientific administrative experience, copies of up to five publications or preprints, and the names and addresses of three references to:

Ms. Catherine McClave
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute

9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 7E-440
Bethesda, MD 20892-9774
E-mail: mcclavec@mail.nih.gov

Applications received by October 1, 2015 will be considered for a first round of interviews,
but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.