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Genetic-Molecular Epidemiologist, Clinician Scientist, Tenure-Eligible or Tenure-Track Position

The Genetic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting a tenure track or tenure/eligible genetic/molecular epidemiologist or clinician scientist to develop an independent research program.

The GEB currently has active programs of research aimed at identifying the genetic bases for a broad range of population-based and familial cancers. GEB conducts family, cohort, and case-control studies to identify the genetic and environmental causes of cancer. Our studies are interdisciplinary, and GEB scientists collaborate within DCEG, NCI, nationally and internationally. The range of studies includes gene discovery, localization, characterization and risk assessment in high risk families; case-control SNP-based association studies, genomic sequencing studies, studies which integrate germline and tumor tissue genetics; population registry-based linkage studies, evaluations of interventions in high-risk populations, and development of new methodological approaches. The integration of high-dimensional data with epidemiologic and family data will be an increasingly important component of new studies. The successful applicant will be familiar with family and population study designs, approaches to gene-environment interaction, and strategies to identify true associations in genome-wide scans for disease-producing genetic variants. Depending upon his/her qualifications, expertise, and interests, his/her genetics research could incorporate any or all of the technologies mentioned above.

Applications will be evaluated on demonstrated potential to develop a creative, independent program of cancer genetic epidemiologic research. Candidates must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctorate, with experience in genetics, epidemiology, clinical science, or a related discipline, relevant to the investigation of cancer in families and/or populations. The candidate must have an established record of publications that demonstrates his/her ability to analyze and interpret data from genetic studies using cutting edge methods. Candidates should also have knowledge of, and demonstrated capacity to apply, state-of-the-art statistical and epidemiologic methods in at least one of the following areas of research: genetic or molecular epidemiology, clinical discipline relevant to cancer, and/or molecular genetics. Collaboration with epidemiologists, geneticists, statisticians, clinicians, and laboratory scientists is central to the success of our research. Candidates must demonstrate the strong verbal and written communication skills that will be required to effectively write research papers, present work at scientific meetings, and convey information clearly to staff, collaborators, consultants and contractors. Candidates must also be sufficiently experienced to function independently, both in the development of their own research efforts, and in the mentoring and supervision of more junior investigators.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan) is available. This position is not restricted to U.S. citizens.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief summary of research experience, accomplishments, research interests and goals, copies of three publications or preprints, and three letters of reference to:

Ms. Kathleen Bern
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, MSC 9775
Bethesda, MD 20892-9775

Recommendations can be included with the package or sent directly by the recommender to Ms. Bern. Review of candidates will begin on or about January 15, 2012; however, the search will continue until a qualified candidate is found. A completed package of the application is required in order to be considered for this position. Additional information about staff and ongoing research in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and in the Genetic Epidemiology Branch is available at

The Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health are Equal Opportunity Employers.